Big Top

I’d like to welcome you to a place where
nothing’s too weird or nonsensical, too sad or misshapen.
It all lives in and under The Playbox.


Inside The Playbox you’ll find an array of works that express the bulk of my story, beyond Pondering Pool – writings, drawings, sculptures, and videos that speak about such things as a love so deep, being a Band-Aid, compassion, neuroses, you had me at ha, and so much more. What doesn’t fit inside lovingly resides beneath, where it needn’t worry about smiling or taking care of anyone else, it can simply rest.

It’s taken me a while to be ready to talk about the delicate, sticky areas, but dammit, the poignant stuff can be very connective and healing, and dare say, funny.  On that note, I hope these works will not only be amusing and meaningful to you, but will inspire you to create, fill, and share your own Playbox.

Click here to watch my video interview.


Breaking free

Big Top

So I’m sitting in my chair, twiddling my mind, tweaking each moment into a smile, when to my left I hear a roar then a burp.  He’s awakened, and if I don’t remain twiddled, chances are my smile will fall into a slack and drool and I’ll morph into a lap dog, there only to serve him.  I’ve managed over the years to step beneath his loud voice and negative vibrations and in so doing, burrowed underground.  To my delight, there was an entire circus awaiting me.  So instead of lowering my head in sorrow or subjugation, I clowned it up, made nice with the ringmaster and became friends with the wonderfully intriguing array of characters that lived beneath the “big top.”  This turned into my second home, where I grew new versions of myself full of charisma, humor and color (lots and lots of red) – take-offs on peculiar thoughts I’d always had but had been afraid to nurture for fear they’d send me spiraling out and away from home.  Then I realized they were my home.  Lucky me.


Tarletta – one of the many dear ladies I met who were born with a touch of clown.


19 thoughts on “Big Top

  1. ramona templin

    I recently saw your cards in local clothing store. As I read them, I stood there transfixed and mesmerized by your eloquent artistic “creations.” They spoke to my heart. They made me smile and cry. They perfectly expressed what I have felt, what I feel inside, but do not personally have the words to say.
    Thank you for saying it for me.
    Just, thank you.

  2. Mary Beth Garay

    So glad to see this in my inbox. Some 15 years ago a dear friend gave me a card with two ladies heartily laughing, with the caption “Our faces were unrecognizable: cherry red gums….We had finally laughed ourselves to death.” It so captured the two of us and our years of laughing. Fast forward to 2016 and I just happen upon some wonderful cards in a remote card shop in a small town in TX. I bought some for 3 very dear friends, and it wasn’t until I got home that I remembered the first card from 15 yes ago, which I still had. And with that, I rediscovered you and Pondering Pool. What a joy! You are a breath of fresh air; I look forward to following you and reading your spectacular words!

  3. Terry Campasano

    Sweet Sweet Susan,
    Thank The Powers that they may be that you are back. You give me the strength to take on my daily battles and endless struggle. Life is so complicated but with Susan Mrosek in it, it is like wind beneath your wings. Can’t wait for the next adventure and to journey on with more of you. Thanks for the re charge to jump back on my wheel, I need to hang in there to get a few more things done. You truly take me to my happy place. I love you madly. Regards to Joy boy hope he is well.
    Sweet Peace…
    Love, Terry

  4. Catharine

    I found & purchased one of your cards while at the beach about 10 – 15 years ago then looked you up on internet. I’ve been ordering, giving, reading your cards since. I bought several copies of Leaks and gave to my most intuitive, in tune, wonderful friends and family members. Your art / drawings / people so match your words. I am completely captivated. I just cannot say enough about what your creations evoke in me.

    My 16 yr cousin committed suicide a year ago. I did not know what or how to say anything to his mother and father, my dearest cousins. I sent one of your cards, “It hardly seems real, life without the ha.” My cousin responded with a text, “I got your card. You always have the best ones. You get it.” Ugh, brought me to my knees.

    Enough about me. I AM THRILLED FOR YOU AND THIS BLOG. Thank you for your creations. I love, love, love them. So excited!!!

    • Catharine, you’re even more excited than me! I’m incredibly grateful that you and others are willing to take this ride. Should be interesting.

      I’m very sorry about your cousin. So glad “The ha” helped you connect.

  5. Vivian Turner

    You touch my funny bone…and that makes me smile!! But you also bandage my wounds and help ease the pain when I am blind-sided by life’s bullies. I am so looking forward to kicks and giggles!

  6. Lisa

    This couldn’t have hit my in-box at a better time. I recently deleted my FB and Twitter accounts (I probably don’t need to explain why) in favor of pursuing more soul satisfying content. I’ve followed you for some time, have purchased Leaks and The Sixth Spoon, so am pretty psyched for this. Thank you for sharing!

    • So glad you’re here, Barbara. At first I’ll probably post once a week-ish and see how it goes. It’s a work in progress. The subscribe button should be working now. If not, please let me know. Thanks!

  7. Debbie

    I am so excited that the Playbox is here!!!! Your writings are so masterfully written that the images in my head appear as though they were your illustrations drawn just for me.
    You are such an inspiration in so many ways.

    Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us fans!

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