Susan Milstrey Wells

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Does Anyone Polish Their Shoes Anymore?

Tales of the Nostalgic I was sitting with some dear friends in front of a campfire this summer, when one of them turned to me and asked, “Does anyone polish their shoes anymore?” I do, in fact, polish my shoes—at least the black leather ones I wear from fall through spring, but I find it […]

Sticks and Stones

Using Language to Heal, Not Hurt You remember the old playground taunt: sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Until they do. When Harold A. Maio was released from a psychiatric hospital in the late 1970s, he hid for several years, feeling ashamed of who he was. He internalized […]

To Tell or Not to Tell?

Disclosing Health Problems at Work I have an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, more common but less well-known than its kissing cousin, lupus.  Now, please permit me to saw off the limb I’ve just climbed out on. That’s how it often feels when disclosing chronic illness. You worry that people will find you lacking. You […]

You’ve Got This!

How to Put Fear of Failure in Its Place I recently accepted a new work assignment and there I was having a junior prom moment. Let me explain. I attended my high school junior prom with a nice young man who lived down the street. I could see his house from my parents’ upstairs bedroom […]

The (Grammar) Times They Are A-Changin’

Rules were meant to be broken, said no sixth grade English teacher ever. Yet sometimes quietly and without fanfare—and other times accompanied by teeth gnashing among those of us own a sign that says “I am silently correcting your grammar” (true story)—many of the rules we learned in school have fallen by the wayside. In […]

No, I Can’t Walk Your Dog

How to Overcome the Challenges of Working from Home If I had a nickel for every time someone assumed that because I work from home I don’t have a “real” job, I could retire. Family and friends call and are surprised that I can’t drop everything and chat. Perhaps neighbors want you to walk their […]

What’s in a Name?

Wizzy what? Wisey who? “You couldn’t have chosen Acme Publishing as your business name?” my IT consultant asked plaintively, as he repeatedly tried typing WYSIWYG Publishing while setting up my email accounts. Truth be told, I often have to look carefully at the name when I type it myself. The only way I’m certain to get it right […]

Linda M. DeGraffenreid

I’ve worked on several assignments and proposals with Susan. She is a highly accomplished writer and editor with specialized expertise in the areas of mental health.  I highly recommend her when you want a senior-level writer/editor who produces quality work.

Kevin Ann Huckshorn, Ph.D., RN, MSN, ICRC

Susan is a skilled professional writer. Her competencies in developing proposals and responses to RFPs are well known across the country. She is able to quickly grasp the topic at hand, drill down to specifics, and then provide excellent writing support targeted to your needs.

Anne Lezak

Susan brings to her work a rare combination of talents that make her one of the best writers and editors around.  She is adept at researching, synthesizing, and communicating complex issues, skillfully tailoring her writing for the intended readers. Susan has always made me a better writer, asking the right questions, suggesting alternative ways when I was stuck, and […]