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Nepal: Three Weeks of Cultural & Shamanic Immersion April 2006 By Susan Chapman Melanson
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Nine of us traveled to Nepal in April 2006 with Dr. Larry Peters to observe various shamanic healing techniques and receive shamanic initiation at the time of the April full moon with Aama Bombo, one... More > of the International Counsel of Indigenous Grandmothers. While we were there anti-monarchy demonstrations broke out and the King of Nepal tried to use curfews to subdue the unrest in Kathmandu. A nationwide strike accompanied the demonstrations and Maoist insurgents took advantage of the turmoil. The US Embassy sent its non-essential personnel out of Nepal, and a serious fuel and food shortage developed. This diary-style record of twenty-four days in April 2006 allows the reader to accompany us as we experienced shamanic training, toured Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as witnessing history in the making.< Less
High Acres Maple Syrup Cookbook By Susan Chapman Melanson
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Spiral bound edition of this superb collection of over 200 recipes using pure maple syrup as well as information on how to cook with it, how to buy it, how to store it, and how it is made. This... More > cookbook is well organized with an extensive Recipe Index and a wide variety of possible uses for maple syrup presented by the owners of one of southern Maine's finest maple syrup production operations.< Less
High Acres Maple Syrup Cook Book By Susan Chapman Melanson
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Perfect bound edition of this superb collection of over 200 recipes using real maple syrup. It has been compiled, tested and presented by the owner of one of the finest maple syrup sugar houses in... More > southern Maine. Because a cookbook is only as good as its index, this volume has been extensively indexed. There is a section on how maple syrup is made, how it is graded, what the consumer should know when buying real maple syrup and caring for it after getting it home. Simple instructions for substituting maple syrup in your own favorite recipes is also included.< Less
Confessions of the Classmate Who Never Was, Northfield School for Girls Class of 1964 By Susan Chapman Melanson
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During the summer of 1962 I worked at the Northfield Summer Conferences on the campus of the Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts. I fell in love with the place, the people and the enchanting... More > Northfield Chateau. I pleaded with my parents to send me to the boarding school, but they would not. I was left with the memories of that summer, a passion for anything to do with the Chat and an unexplained loyalty to the school I never attended. When I became an adult I began sending money to the alumnae fund. A flustered secretary phoned me asking what class I was affiliated with. That is the day I became a member of the Class of 1964. In 2004 the announcement came that the Northfield campus was closing. It was my last chance to go back and so I did...for "my" 40th Reunion. For those who loved the Chateau as much as I did, there are pictures and even floor plans. And names have not been changed. Everyone is given full credit for who they are.< Less
Confessions of the Classmate Who Never Was, Northfield School for Girls Class of 1964 By Susan Chapman Melanson
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At 16-years-old, Melanson spent the summer waitressing at the summer conferences at Northfield School for Girls. The New England backdrop included the 125-room Schell Chateau. Her adventures include... More > a grand tour of the Chateau under the cloak of darkness and is documented with photos and floor plans. She pleaded with her parents to send her to the boarding school, but their answer was “No”. Nevertheless she retained an attachment to the school. When she became an adult she began giving to the alumnae fund because she believed in the ethic of the school. One year a flustered alumnae secretary phoned asking what class she had been affiliated with, presuming the undocumented alum had probably flunked out. Her answer was “Why 1964!” After that she was invited to reunions and her "news" appeared in the alumnae publications. In 2004, came the announcement that the Northfield campus was closing. That was the spark that prompted her to return for "her" 40th Reunion. This is that story.< Less
The Night We Broke Into The Northfield Chateau By Susan Chapman Melanson
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The Northfield Chateau was a landmark in western Massachusetts from the time it was built in 1903 until it was demolished in 1963. A year before the magnificent structure met the wrecking ball the... More > author and several friends spent an unsanctioned evening exploring the 125-room summer home of the Schell family of New York. The memories and images of that evening were captured on a primitive Brownie camera. The photographs and negatives became dog-eared and faded over the years until Sue Melanson resurrected them through her watercolor paintings. Along with her detailed artwork, she has included vivid descriptions of the Chateau as well as background information about its owners and their lifestyle, and even floor plans for the reader to enjoy.< Less
Radiation Buddies By Susan Chapman Melanson, Archie Campbell
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This is the first person account of two high school friends who found themselves going through radiation therapy for cancer the year they turned 60. They emailed each day and those emails as well as... More > Melanson's journal are the basis for this insightful, personal journey. A must read for anyone facing radiation therapy.< Less
If You Can't Have Lemonade By Susan Chapman Melanson, Kristen Horn Guerrieo
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This is a charming story about a little boy who wants to have a lemonade stand. Unfortunately, Lack of Lemons thwarts his fledgling entrepreneurial enterprise. Our young hero uses his creativity... More > (with the help of his Mom) and comes up with something different… maybe even better.< Less