Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings


Sue writes blogs 2-4 times per month under two threads.  The first, "Building Bridges of Hope" offers reflections, insights and tips for professionals, parents, caregivers and others who work with children who have experienced trauma and their families.  The second, "Hope for the Journey" offers devotional reflections on the insights, questions, and applications Sue gleans from her own spiritual journey and Bible study."

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If You Give a Man a Fish

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 2, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Maimonides

This quote has captured the spirit of a great deal of social justice work particularly around poverty. I always thought it was a good sentiment and have quoted it myself on more than one occasion.

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Voting my Values

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 8, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, as I post this, it is the day before the 2016 election. It has been an ugly season filled with hateful rhetoric. I want to take today to step back and look at how my deepest beliefs have shaped me and influenced the kind of person I have become as well as the decisions I make in the voting booth. I first penned this list in 2007, and updated it today to ensu...

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Art in the Family!

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sharing this "cross-over" blog my publisher posted about our new book and inviting any of my blog readers to join us on Friday October 14th, 7-9 PM at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia for a local launch and book signing. We will share stories, free sample coloring pages, wine, chocolate and good times. If you live far from Philly but would like us to come do an event in your area, please contact me!  Thanks 

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The Magnolia Still Rises

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 26, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

When, in my travels, I come upon a magnolia tree, I cannot help but to hear the hauntingly painful and yet beautiful voice of Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit." (written by Abel Meeropol in 1937) You can listen to it here if you like.

Today, I shared a profoundly moving experience wi...

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Let's Be Brave Together

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 31, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A few weeks ago, I gave a speech at the North American Council on Adoptable Children's Annual Conference. I have had several requests for copies of this speech, so I decided to post it here as a blog post. This is longer than my usual blog, but I hope you enjoy it. 

COURAGE Good afternoon. I am here today to talk to you about courage. Th...

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Please Sir, I want some more

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 25, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (2)

There is a famous scene in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, vividly portrayed in the movie version ( ) when young Oliver, filled with both terror and bravado, takes his empty gruel bowl to the head of the table and says, “Please Sir, I want some more.”

This scene encapsulates many ...

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Color My Word with Hope! New Book Announcement

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 17, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out the blog my publisher, Helping Hands Press, just posted about my upcoming new release: Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. 


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The Top Ten list on Speaking UP with boldness, wisdom AND grace

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 14, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Some call this the "silly season" - that time on the U.S. calendar when politics reaches a crazy and fevered pitch. I would suggest this year it has become the "ugly season."  Language and actions - both by the would-be leaders and their followers -  have become hostile, hateful and harmful. Its enough to make you want to crawl under a rock until it is all over. 

But that is not really an option for people of faith called to be the eyes, ears, hands and feet o...

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Interview with an Author

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 3, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My friend and fellow author, Peggy Blann Phifer, recently interviewed me and features this interview on her blog this morning. Hop on over and check it out!  Interview with Sue Badeau - Peggy worked with me on the Sweetland stories (see my ...

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Velvety Curried Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Posted by Sue Badeau on February 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Perfect Soup for Lent

So, I have only used my blog to post a recipe one or two times in the past, but today I could not resist.  When Hector and I were first married, we loved broccoli-leek soup and I have made variations of it over the years.  But they all used chicken stock as the base and included milk (cream).  Now that...

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