Writing Portfolio

Below are sample clips highlighting various areas of my work. Aside from the blog posts and web copy listed below, writing clips were originally in print. I look forward to possibly working with you. If you’re interested in partnering, contact me via email at susanna.barbee@gmail.com.

Newspaper Columns:

Finding inspiration in banned books 

Raising boys and respecting women 

Nevertheless, she persisted 

My mission: outer order, inner calm 

Friday night lights, then and now 

Grief is love’s souvenir 

My eyes and heart open after Mexico trip

Thoughts on water and traditions during the holiday

Moms, remember to breathe it all in

Finding inspiration in the backwoods of WNC

Life is too short for cheap beer, bad coffee

An unexpected triathlon journey

Hello darlin’, nice to see you

There are more than cornfields in the Midwest

From beauty pageants to soccer fields

For me, there is real joy in solitude

An escape into a magical world

A once happy week now darkened

Traditions help us deal with change, loss

A community that is truly stronger together

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

Finding my way in this season of change

The before and after-living with grief

God really does work in mysterious ways

Keep life simple and family close

The bugle never stops

Finally got a tattoo, and it’s raising a few eyebrows

Donald Trump, you haven’t fooled me

On being a columnist for a small-town newspaper

Magazine Features

More Than a Sting (Smoky Mountain Living August/September 2018 issue)

A Weekend Getaway at Wilderness at the Smokies (Smoky Mountain Living April/May 2018 issue)

We Love Coffee (Smoky Mountain Living Feb./March 2018 issue)

Experience Decadent Truffles in the Smokies (Smoky Mountain Living Feb./March 2018 issue)

Green Energy Powers the Arts (Smoky Mountain Living Oct./Nov. 2017 issue)

Beyond the marionette: Life as a master puppeteer (Smoky Mountain Living-Feb./March 2016 issue)

Furniture Consignment Industry Adds to the Allure of WNC (The Laurel of Asheville-July 2016 ed.)

Sustaining the Meaning of Full Circle (Plough to Pantry-Spring 2016 ed.)

Lake Junaluska Discover 2016 Magazine (contributing writer on several pieces)

Program Teaches Kids Dollars & Common Sense (WNC Parent Magazine) (

Sports for Tots (WNC Parent Magazine)

First Birthdays: You Only Turn 1 Once (WNC Parent Magazine)

Asheville Moms Make Their Own Baby Food (WNC Parent Magazine)

Transitioning from Preschool to Big School (WNC Parent Magazine)

Web Content:

Braemar Kitchen and Bath

Haywood Healthcare Foundation

Joelle Allen

Pixels in my Pocket

Parenting Blog (Editor/Founder):

Zealous Mom

Ongoing Blogging (twice monthly)

Braemar Kitchen and Bath (link to blog homepage)

Featured Blogger:

8 Strategies to Foster Early Math SkillsParenting Magazine

Water Balloon FunDisney’s Spoonful

Guest Blogger:

Fun Halloween Monster CraftMom it Forward

Packing it Bento-StyleGo Grow Go

Traveling with Tots-If Only They’d Told Me

Education Columns

Learning with Music

How to Boost Brain Power

Building Early Literacy Skills

Back to School Already?

Good-bye, Worksheets

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Parenting Columns/Articles

Family Budget Woes

Staying Active in the Cold

Springtime=Happy Mommy

Back to School

The First Graduation

Dates with My Boys

Technology: Then and Now

The Magic of Christmas

Newspaper Articles

Community conversation focuses on homelessness in Haywood County

Mountain Faith on America’s Got Talent

Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers

Why Date Nights Matter

Highlighting Early Literacy During Children’s Book Week

Staycation or Vacation

WMS Students Pack Shower Kits for Haywood Pathways Center

Feed the Need Campaign Begins

‘Dualing’ Birthdays

Press Releases

Karma Tequila Partners with Atlanta Falcons

Long’s Chapel Easter 2015 press release

Where Hearts Lie Independent Film









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