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Author Archive for: Suzanne Ross
About Suzanne Ross
Suzanne Ross is a co-founder of the Raven Foundation and the author of two books: The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things and The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. Suzanne is a certified Montessori pre-school teacher, a curriculum designer and workshop leader, and a former director of Christian Education at her UCC church. Her blogs also appear at Patheos and Sojourners.
Entries by Suzanne Ross
Deborah Brevoort’s modern drama, exploring ritual, sacrifice, and the contagious contamination of violence, evokes ancient tragedy reminiscent of Sophocles. Come see AstonRep’s production of “The Women of Lockerbie” at the Raven Theater, and join Suzanne Ross for a post-show discussion.
“We are the fulfillment of all the child’s desires, but we have to forbid them to the child…” Suzanne Ross takes us into the world of childhood via her granddaughter Grace, helping us to understand how we are both the model and obstacle for our children.
“I believe that the most heroic thing the Spotlight team did was to follow their investigation beyond the truth they wanted to find. The discovery that Cardinal Law’s guilt was only the tip of the iceberg reveals that only taking down Cardinal Law would have been to make a scapegoat of the Cardinal to protect themselves from their share of the blame.” – Suzanne Ross on the Academy Award winning movie, “Spotlight.”
Suzanne Ross reflects on a question all parents struggle with, “Parents know that the worst form rivalry can take is the dreaded power struggle with our children. How is it that we can become so adversarial with the very ones we love with all our hearts?”
Paul King received the 2015 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment for his writing and direction of the 2015 full-length animated film “Paddington.” The film raises issues of immigration, fear, and the longing to belong without being romantic or idealistic about the problems faced by both the immigrant and the community which must choose to welcome or reject him.
In this video, Suzanne Ross explains the role of peer pressure in our lives through the lens of mimetic theory and Maria Montessori. Thinking about peer pressure as a form of imitation turns out to be a helpful way to understand the phenomenon in our children. But more importantly, it makes us aware that peer pressure can be good or bad for us and most certainly doesn’t disappear when we graduate from school.
On the Feast of Holy Innocents, Suzanne Ross channels the wisdom of Dr. Maria Montessori to contrast the violent way of Herod with the peaceful way of the Magi.
The blessing of receiving Jesus as a gift — given in pure love, unexpected, unasked-for — is what makes Christmas a time of deep joy. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily help parents and caregivers to kindle the special magic of Christmas for toddlers and young children with practical advice for how “less is more” when it comes to presents.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, parents of toddlers might be looking forward to the holiday with a hint of anxiety tinged with their anticipation. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily use the wisdom of Maria Montessori and mimetic theory to help ease parents’ concerns and create a happy, stress-free day for their little ones and themselves as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Wicked Truth
The Thinking Person’s Guide to The Wildly Successful Broadway Musical
Employing political, social, and historical examples against the backdrop of the musical Wicked, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical land of Oz, challenging the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Written by Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross.
Tangles of Desire
In her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross examines the trials and travails of romantic love through the lens of mimetic theory.
On the page, you can watch videos, take a quiz, download music, read a chapter of the book, and discover your romantic pattern. It's wicked fun!
Illustrations by Susan Drawbaugh of Wee Five Designs.
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