From time to time life invites us to integrate our learning and experience to take a big step into something different. Now is such a time! I’m excited to share this new chapter!

New Podcast for Caregivers

Bringing resources to caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and welcoming all who are tasked with caring for loved ones with prolonged diseases.

Welcome! I’m glad you stopped by today. As we all know—sometimes painfully—life continues to challenge us to adapt, grow and move beyond where we’ve been. In response, this website has been updated and expanded to include our new Compassion Chats podcast as well as an eclectic blog meant to entertain and perhaps inspire you to accept and positively respond to the challenges you face. I invite you to engage, ponder and reach out with a request, challenge or additional thought. If you would like to be a guest on our Compassion Chats podcast, please complete the form below.

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Backbone Banter Blog

Welcome! This blog is the product of many years of working with three elements of backbone: competence, confidence, and risk taking, as well as a writer’s compulsion to express. It is a weekly real-time collection of observations, musings, and an occasional rant. There’s no agenda, other than to comment on the world as it appears behind my eyeballs, hoping it

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Why I’m Not Scared of AI…. And Why I Should be

I was privy to a fascinating discussion today with the CEO of a technology company and a marketing executive planning an event for professional woman. The topic: AI. Sexy. Urgent. Ill-understood. Scary. Exciting. Whatever. Our conversation roamed a broad landscape. What is AI? How does it work? What can it do? How can my company use it? How should I

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“Broken windows” is a theory of criminology that posits one broken window left unattended will lead to additional broken windows because it reveals that no one notices or, worse, no one cares. It was introduced in 1982 by social scientists and has generated controversy in the years since. I am not a social scientist, but I am a life-long student

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The Power of Pain

Recently I endured several weeks of serious pain related to a severe shoulder muscle strain. When it began, I thought it would be a brief inconvenience as I have worked through numerous physical challenges throughout an active life. However, this was not a brief inconvenience. It was a chronic and abiding pain that left me unable to sleep for nights

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Books by Susan A. Marshall

Mom’s Gone Missing: When a Parent’s Changing Life Upends Yours

How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work

Life. Be In It. Words of Wisdom, Humor and Engagement

Of Beauty and Substance: A Backbone Guide for Women