Unfettered Love – Part I

On August 3rd 2020, one of Sami’s sons, Osama, contacted me by Facebook. In a short time we agreed to make a video call. (On previous video chats I had already met Samer and Susan (my namesake), two of Sami’s five children). Leen, his seven year old daughter, was particularly interested in me and spoke…Read more »

Pinning, Peace Corps and My Ticket Out

From Chapter, My Ticket Out, just as I’m boarding the plane to Africa. “I wore my handmade navy-blue polyester bell-bottom jumper with daisy rickrack on the hem. To straighten my wavy hair, I slept with my orange juice can rollers all night and teased it the following morning to create the perfect flip. Eyeliner and…Read more »

Peace Corps Worldwide Book Review

Peace Corps Worldwide is a publisher and provider of writing services for Peace Corps volunteer authors. They have written a nice review of my memoir, In Search of Pink Flamingos. Please click on review and it will direct you to the write up. This link reaches thousands of return Peace Corps volunteers both at home…Read more »


Many of us had pets during our childhood. But how many had a pet pig? Don’t laugh, pigs are extremely intelligent. Have you seen the movie Babe? My nursing aspirations began with this little pet pig. I can’t forget that sweet face and disposition. Here is an excerpt from In Search of Pink Flamingos, Part…Read more »

Book Launch Success

After a few technical hiccups, Village Books sponsored my Covid-delayed launch on June 28th. Friends and family from across the land attended, 73 to be exact. People from all facets of my life were present including grade school, high school, Peace Corps, nursing, family, and Bellingham friends. A slideshow, excerpts, and Q&A rounded out the…Read more »

Virtual Book Launch – Sign Up

Sunday, 06/28/2020 – 4:00pm PST Village Books in Bellingham, WA is pleased to include Susan E. Greisen as part of our Virtual Lit Live Event series! Event will be live nationwide in your timezone. In Search of Pink Flamingos is a story of a young woman who defies her parents’ demands to become a farmer’s…Read more »

Outdoor Book Club

On June 1st, Susan Cushing organized her monthly book club, hosted by Ginny Davidson. I attended as guest author of In Search of Pink Flamingos. We practiced social distancing outdoors (masks as needed) on Ginny’s gorgeous deck surrounded by towering firs and cedars with birds abound. I could have been in Africa. The sun drenched…Read more »

The Beatles and Mrs. Bartley

My Nebraska friends and family responded with vigor to the one-room school house blog, so I decided to do one more. The demise of our school, District 20, in the 90s saddened many of us in our local farming community. Life was changing and good farmland was more valuable then an abandoned school building, and…Read more »

One-room School House

By all rights, I should be 90 years old. Except for those living in the heartland, not many of us who have aged into our 60s have attended a one-room school house. My memoir In Search of Pink Flamingos tells of my experience in such a school in a remote part of Nebraska. For those…Read more »