Break-Up Bars and Getting Even

Friday, September 11, 2009


Few things in life are certain.  We’re born.  We die.  And somewhere in between the two, we all get our hearts broken at least once.  There’s no escaping it.  It’s as inevitable as the rising and the setting of the sun.   This is the risk we take for that giddy, glorious feeling of being in love.

I’ve certainly experienced my share of heartbreak, beginning in the 5th grade when Benny Buffamante threw me over for Mary Rose Kelly.  Who could blame him, really?  With her big blue eyes and long, golden curls, she was adorable.  Plus, she had three first names!  How could I compete with that!?!?

I survived being spurned by Benny and lived on to love again.  And of course, my heart got stomped on many more times in the process.  I’d like to think that it made me stronger and more resilient.  I’d like to think that, but the truth is that each time I lost in love, it hurt just as much as the time before.  Thank heavens I met Mr. SGCC before my tender heart was completely pummeled into a quivering, bleeding mass of mush! read more >>

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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