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Susan McMartin on mortality, Christmas trees and holiday cheer

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Susan McMartin—screenwriter, writer, super mom—tells a story this week about a friend of hers diagnosed with Melanoma, and the cancer scares in her own life, with her friend, and how to tell her middle-school-aged daughter.

Once again, the story is poignant, insightful, and have you laughing and crying at the same time, which Susan does so magically.

Follow the magic of the ladybug, with all its significance, here:

In another one of her Studio City Mom columns (which you should now follow on her website, because she no longer writes for Patch, and that site will most likely be gone soon), there's the story of her Christmas Tree:

After 10 long years of hauling 8 foot trees out of lots, onto my car, tying them down, driving them home, carrying them up the stairs to whatever apartment we’re living in at the time (always with stairs) and wrestling those bad boys into tree stands… finally the day has come that I have help.

My daughter.

That’s right, those little arms and legs finally had the strength to help her mommy carry the monster tree that she picked all the way home.

Read the rest here: theres-a-tree-in-my-house

And, then, the magical Man in the Moon, which I have seen also since I was a little kid. (I can always identify with what she's writing about) . . .

There are certain things I always see. I see the bodies of dancers in trees, the running of horses in clouds and the man with the kind smile in the moon.

I’ve seen them since I was a little girl and kept it to myself because I thought if I spoke it out loud I would sound crazy.

But then I remembered… I am crazy.

For the whole story: i-always-see-the-man-in-the-moon

I am delighted that I will be seeing my friend, and her daughter, at their Christmas Eve party that I've gone to so many times with my family. I always meet new and wonderful people there, and just feel so good when I'm there, and on the drive home, it's a great way to kick off the usually-depressing Christmas season.

If you haven't yet discovered Susan McMartin's writing, go here: and share the link and love this holiday season!

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