Sound Sense from Susan

Speaker, Author, Consultant, Fraud Examiner

That Big Red Kettle

December 2, 2019

One college Christmas break many, many years ago, I rang a bell for the Salvation Army kettle in North Dallas. It still seems like yesterday. Unfortunately, the weather those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were “typical Texas” – 80 degrees one day, 20 degrees the next.  One of those bell ringing days was a bitterly […]

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Thanksgiving Proclamations

November 27, 2019

Celebrating and sharing the bountiful harvest with a grateful heart. Before it was a national holiday proclaimed by President Lincoln during the Civil War, the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving came November 26, 1789 from then President George Washington. And during President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, it was no Norman Rockwell holiday painting. President Lincoln’s proclamation […]

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22 Years

October 14, 2019

22 years in business on October 1. Even as I typed that, it is hard to believe. Where did the time go?  Well, let’s see. I finished book #42 yesterday and books #43 and #44 will hopefully be finished before the end of the month. All books have been sold internationally – that is so […]

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Yet ANOTHER breach: The Capital One Breach

August 7, 2019

Another day, another breach. This time it is Capital One. The news in a nutshell: the creditor was hacked and personal information was jeopardized. Here is what Capital One says: Based on analysis, over 100 million in the US and over 6 million in Canada are affected. Those individuals and small businesses that applied for […]

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Domestic Violence

July 15, 2019

“I have to get my head in the game,” I think. My desk is full of work and deadlines, and I am recording a podcast this afternoon. But my heart and my head cannot wrap around the shocking news I heard yesterday. A high school friend was shot and killed by her husband early yesterday […]

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Never Forget

May 27, 2019

The dentist who was hosting me graciously treated me to dinner at one of his favorite places, prior to speaking the next day.  About 15 years older than me, he was the same age as my sister and the conversation quickly flowed to growing up. As it flowed to Vietnam, where he had served as […]

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ALWAYS RESPECT THE STORM

May 20, 2019

According to The Weather Channel, the highest threat of tornado in years, with serious risk to life and property, has been issued for parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas today. An outbreak of tornadoes, destructive hail, and flash flooding is expected. Including Moore, Oklahoma. With the severe weather a given, multiple school districts in the […]

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Is Your Social Security Number Secure?

April 22, 2019

My friend was truly panicked. Last week, American Express called on a recorded line, to verify a recent credit card application. She had not applied for credit and they suggested she put a fraud alert on her social security number. She did so with TransUnion only. Yesterday, Capital One called on a recorded line to […]

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Virtual Kidnapping – It Is All Too Real

April 4, 2019

Last night at 10:30pm, I had sleepily turned off the news when the phone rang. At that time of night, my heart stops a little and confusion set in all the more, especially when the caller ID looked as if I was calling myself. Curious, I answered. It was “Microsoft” to tell me that my […]

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Writing Books

February 13, 2019

It starts as an idea. My first thought of  writing a book was in 1997. A dentist from Colorado called and wanted me to fly up to help him organize his financial information on QuickBooks. After discussing how much that would cost (flight, lodging, expenses, and fee), he blurted out in frustration, “You should just […]

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