A wonderful combination of all good things in the world. I am so proud and honored to call Sue Stein my friend.
We met while both working at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library in 1993. She worked mostly in the Extension Department. This department oversees all things to do with bookmobiles. At the time I was the Administrative Assistant to the library.
Sue is a warm, soft spoken and a wonderful storyteller. She shared her talents on Books-Go-Round – a mobile vehicle geared to children and their learning.
On the home front she has 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. As well as her partner of 35years – Joe Hood. They met while both were attending the Montgomery County Community College.
Except for the 3 years she spent in California, she has lived in the area. She grew up in Philadelphia and raised 3 of her 4 children there.
Sue fondly and lovingly remembers her childhood. While her dad was in the Marine corps – she and her mom lived with her grandparents. Her one sibling is Zane Stein, an astrologer living in Australia. She has made 2 visits – one in 2010 another in 2012. Her fondest wish is to move there permanently.
After Sue retired in 2010 – she traveled on to full-fill the dream of become a Life-Cycle Celebrant. She graduated from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute and was ordained by Universal Brotherhood Movement in 2012. She offers Four Directions Ceremonies which is uniquely personalized. She performs her services in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland.
She and Joe tool around on Joe’s motorcycle. They are both very connected to the Native American cultures - as well as all indigenous people. On weekends they often attend Pow Wows and other gatherings.
As her mother Pauline Stein was a noted area artist – the world of art is very important to Sue. She has most of her mom’s unsold works in her house. But there is only so much wall space.
I am pleased to mention that Sue gave me one of Pauline’s works – a Philadelphia street scene focusing on City Hall. The picture is the most recent image in what I call my “local artist corner”. It features artists I know and some kind of image of their talent.
Ancestry – especially her ancestry is a big part of what makes Sue tick. Her family roots trace back to Jewish Romania and Poland on her mother’s side with her dad’s roots in Odessa and Kiev in Ukraine.
Along with her cooking at home – she is always trying new and interesting places and events to broaden her knowledge. Sue is a true spiritual seeker of what the earth offers.
Here is her recipe for an Indian Chokecherry Pudding It can be made from most berries – such as cherries or blueberries.
It’s a wonderful condiment to serve with fritters and latkas.
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1½ cups cold water
Place blueberries, 1 cup water & sugar into saucepan. Heat to a boil & turn down to low. Mix cornstarch in 1½ cups cold water until dissolved. Add to pot; stirring constantly for 10 to 15 minutes (until it thickens). Refrigerate – or to keep longer preserve in Mason jar in a boiling water bath. It takes longer to set in damp or wet weather. Can use a little less water.
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