Greetings and Welcome!

After more than thirty years in business and freelance writing, I’ve created this blog as a creative home for my next chapter.

Life-Change-Compost brings you stories that you won’t find anywhere else all in one place. These are stories of aging with panache, stories of loss and love, and stories that will make you laugh. Since all writers want to be read, I hope you’ll contribute your thoughts in the comments section. If you are not already a subscriber, I invite you to subscribe on the site itself or contact me at the emails noted below. This is a “back fence” kind of site, relaxed back and forth dialogue is encouraged.

This site has grown thanks to you, your ideas, and your involvement. You’ve made it worthwhile for me: a gardener, freelance writer, guitar-player….also wife, daughter, auntie, sister, and loyal friend to continue down this path, aiming for a second book of essays.  My first book “Growing Down Stories” was self-published and reprinted three times. Now I’d like to see the essays enhanced and redistributed for a larger audience as an ebook.

So, how can you tell if you’ll like the quirky mix of Life-Change-Compost enough to subscribe? I recommend a couple of key posts to introduce you to my style. These stories are signature pieces and have been published in other venues, both online and print media. Getting to No, When an Oeuf is Enough, The Beet Goes On, For the Daughter I Never Had, and There is no fear in Lighthearted, will give you a good idea. I also write about cancer from time to time because I’ve been treated for it twice. I get what that diagnosis means for people. Healing from it takes longer than most people think.

I also invite you to check out the one minute clip from a documentary entitled Homage, about Anna Lea Lelli, my mentor while living in Rome and studying Dante’s Divine Comedy in the original Italian. I produced and directed the thirty minute film which aired on public television in 1993-4. The experience of two women: one apprenticed to the other in a lively friendship is a story you won’t want to miss. The written version of Homage received an honorable mention in a national writing contest in 2003. (Clip courtesy of Vimeo and Digital Bindery.)

In the Winter 2013 Newsletter, there is a magnificent poem by Oregon’s former Poet Laureate, William Stafford. Please take a look. It will give you a sense of the threads that are the warp and weft of our lives.

You may find that the thread you follow is not very different from mine. If that is the case, you will love having updates from Life-Change-Compost land in your inbox once or twice a month.


You are welcome to contact me at: srtroccolo (at) gmail (dot) com OR susie (at)




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