Biography

A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Ohio University, Susan was hired by The Sun in 1979 as one of the first full-time female sportswriters in the country. In 1993, The Sun asked Susan to write a column about her life as a wife and the working mother of school-aged children. More recently, she has moved to the editorial pages where her columns often cover national affairs. A collection of her columns is titled “Motherhood Is a Contact Sport.” She is married to Gary Mihoces, a sportswriter for USA Today, and is the mother of two adult children. She lives in Annapolis.

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Sex among the ruins

Sex among the ruins

May 27, 2015

Netflix must know something nobody else does because they created a show about old people having sex.

  • Men, their sons and their lawns

    May 22, 2015

    Along with eye color and a knack for rolling your tongue, an obsession with the grass around your house is hereditary, I have learned. It is also, apparently, a sex-linked gene, because no little girl has ever been born wanting to mow the lawn.

  • NYC's glam moms get paid for performance

    May 20, 2015

    The wife bonus.

  • Annapolis' Ellen Moyer is Alaska-bound

    May 15, 2015

    There's room in her used Ford Escape for the mattress, the Coleman stove and a 40-year-old North Face tent that's still in great shape. But she's worried there won't be enough room for all the books she wants to take.

  • Teen pregnancy visionary steps down

    May 13, 2015

    One advantage to being a reporter is, people generally feel obliged to return your phone calls. Not always, but often enough that you can learn interesting and important things.

  • Pittsburgh lessons for Baltimore

    May 8, 2015

    I left my hometown of Pittsburgh about the same time the jobs left.

  • One way to help Baltimore

    May 6, 2015

    Paying to tour a lavishly decorated Baltimore mansion or one of its opulent gardens while other parts of the city stagger to recover from civil unrest may seem frivolous, if not utterly insensitive.

  • Send in the moms to stop Freddie Gray rioting

    April 30, 2015

    I must admit, I am uncomfortable with the praise being heaped on Baltimore's "Mom of the Year," Toya Graham, for repeatedly slugging her 16-year-old son after she caught him with a rock in his hand at Monday's confrontation between police and high school kids near Mondawmin Mall.

  • Baltimore takes center stage over Freddie Gray

    April 29, 2015

    The scenes unfolding in Baltimore this week have a very familiar feel to them. Like a play you have seen before, like the rerun of a television show. You know what is going to happen next. And everybody is playing their part.

  • They should retire his number

    April 22, 2015

    When my husband the sportswriter walked onto the Penn State campus as a freshman nearly 50 years ago, the first thing he did was go watch the football team practice. If someone had told him he would make his living watching athletes play sports, he wouldn't have believed his luck.

  • Recipe for a good life (Note: It's hard and messy)

    April 20, 2015

    It is a rare privilege, I think, to be privy to the thinking of people, great or small, while they are wrestling with their conscience.

  • On birth control, young Republicans get it

    April 15, 2015

    Two-thirds of young Republicans believe that every woman should have access to affordable birth control, 65 percent believe that insurance companies should cover contraception without co-pays and 51 percent believe that the federal government should continue to fund contraceptive services for low-income women.

  • Adventures in back surgery

    April 10, 2015

    "In sickness and in health."

  • Retirement insecurity

    February 27, 2015

    The "silver tsunami" predicted for Maryland, where more than 1 million workers have no retirement savings, is one that will sweep the rest of the country, too. As a matter of fact, the Employee Benefit Research Institute says the percentage of Marylanders with little or no savings is about average for the nation.

  • What's in her shopping bag?

    February 24, 2015

    "Never marry a politician or a football coach," begins a bit of wisdom that came my way once. "Not if you ever want to see your husband."

  • Legislation would care for the caregivers

    February 20, 2015

    This is what the caregiver for an elderly relative looks like:

  • What not to wear when you are a woman over 50

    February 18, 2015

    "Another year, another body part to camouflage."

  • Jon Stewart changed the news while we were watching

    February 12, 2015

    I must confess I came late to Jon Stewart.

  • Women and heart attack

    February 11, 2015

    Younger women — ages 18 to 55 — represent only a fraction of the nation's 720,000 heart attacks each year. About 35,000. But they have a significantly more difficult recovery. The reason? Stress.

  • Family checkbook secrets

    February 6, 2015

    It was January and time for the annual come-to-Jesus meeting with the financial advisor who watches over our savings.

  • Love the grandkids, not their germs

    February 4, 2015

    The boys are back in town.

  • Googling America's sex life

    January 28, 2015

    Google knows my dress size and that I wear flats. It knows I do yoga, and it is always trying to sell me clothes to wear to class.

  • Who's watching the kids?

    January 23, 2015

    Quality, affordable child care. It was the first item on President Obama's shopping list in his State of the Union address. If the future is going to be about helping the struggling middle class, he said, quality, affordable child care for working parents is the linchpin.

  • 'American Sniper' and war as entertainment

    January 21, 2015

    "American Sniper," which blew the doors off movie box offices last weekend, is either an attempt to repackage the Iraq War and resell it to Americans, or, as director Michael Moore has characterized it, the portrait of a coward who picks off women and children from the distant safety of his sniper's nest.

  • The Japanese art of getting rid of junk

    January 16, 2015

    I don't know what comes over us in January — perhaps it is being trapped inside by forbidding weather, perhaps it is a New Year's resolution — but women are suddenly obsessed with cleaning.

  • Phyllis Schlafly, now 90, still vilifying feminists

    January 9, 2015

    One might have reasonably hoped that we had heard the last from that ancient anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly.

  • A cop, a kid in a ski mask and a decision not to shoot

    January 7, 2015

    On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, a resident in the prosperous neighborhood of West Annapolis called city police to report that someone dressed all in black, with a ski mask and a hoodie, was roaming the neighborhood with a rifle and a handgun.

  • Let's have dinner and talk about death

    December 30, 2014

    It isn't what she imagined for what Baby Boomers like to call "a post-career career." But Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman finds herself talking to people about dying. Specifically, about dying the way they want to die.

  • When talking to your adult children, keep quiet

    December 24, 2014

    I am always saying the wrong thing. Ask my kids. They'll tell you.

  • Rent or buy?

    December 21, 2014

    My daughter is newly married, and my son is returning to Maryland with his young family after completing his military service.

  • Finding yourself alone in the woods

    December 17, 2014

    She divorced her husband, sold all her stuff, bought an outrageous amount of camping gear and set out to walk the Pacific Crest Trail, a trek of more than 1,000 miles from the Mojave Desert to Washington state.

  • Back in the day, boys basketball was a grown-up game in Baltimore

    December 14, 2014

    Back then, we were just a bunch of kid sportswriters covering high school basketball.

  • Retirement will bring budget battles home

    December 10, 2014

    "How much do those things cost?" my husband asked. "Per toe?"

  • Rolling Stone's missteps distract from the real story of campus rape

    December 7, 2014

    On Nov. 19, Rolling Stone magazine published a horrifying account of the gang rape of an unsuspecting freshman at a University of Virginia fraternity party, including how her date for the evening called out directions and encouragement to the men who were assaulting her.

  • Leaving the first daughters alone

    December 3, 2014

    As dearly as the president and first lady might wish it, Malia and Sasha Obama are not off-limits.

  • Be a Santa to a senior

    December 1, 2014

    Pam Urnowey started visiting the elderly in nursing homes when she was 9 years old. The first visits were at Christmas, and the delight she saw in the residents — old and ailing and often alone — left a powerful impression.

  • Ruling underscores NFL's incompetence in addressing players' off-the-field activity

    November 28, 2014

    Whatever you thought of the sickening sight of Ray Rice cold-cocking his girlfriend in the elevator, the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League were just flailing in panic when they immediately cut him and banned him from the league in September.

  • App gauges relationship danger

    October 29, 2014

    Intimate partner violence? Yes, there's an app for that.

  • Annapolis Library to expand in place

    October 24, 2014

    Anne Arundel County officials have approved plans to double the size of the Annapolis Library and — here is the best part — keep it right where it is. In my neighborhood.

  • Chasing sleep, how much is enough?

    October 22, 2014

    My daughter Jessie got married.

  • Frozen eggs and a woman's career [Commentary]

    October 17, 2014

    News that Apple would begin in January to pay for women employees to have their eggs frozen so they could delay motherhood — and that Facebook had already begun doing it — has jumpstarted the discussion of women and work/life balance.

  • Ebola crazy talk spreads faster than the virus [Commentary]

    October 15, 2014

    Scientists assure us that Ebola isn't mutating into an airborne virus, but it has certainly morphed into a cipher for the ugly side of our fears.

  • The rollicking birth of the birth control pill [Commentary]

    October 12, 2014

    Author Jonathan Eig recalls hearing a rabbi say in a sermon that The Pill was the most important invention of the 20th century and scoffing at that declaration. He could think of half a dozen inventions more important.

  • Financial gerontology: a tonic for retirees

    October 8, 2014

    Merrill Lynch made business page headlines this year by appointing Baltimore County native Cynthia Hutchins to the newly created post of director of financial gerontology.

  • Adrian Peterson's version of 'Parenthood'

    October 16, 2013

    Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been criticized for his decision to play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers despite the fact that a son — that he had only recently learned existed — had died of head injuries consistent with child abuse.

  • Baggage and blessings

    September 11, 2011

    It was the song "Greensleeves" that drew Shirley Dempsey-Kahn into the Goodwill store that December morning. It reminded her of her first trip to London as a child, with her father, a naval officer, and her mother.

  • A hard week for Michael Phelps – and for Mom

    February 9, 2009

    Last week was a tough one for Michael Phelps. I am betting it was equally tough for his mom.

  • Videos of beatings a lesson for kids

    April 15, 2008

    The harassment of teachers and the intimidation of students by classroom bullies is nothing new.

  • The deconstruction of Harriet Miers is filled with sexism

    October 11, 2005

    When the first news stories about Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court all used the same quote from President Bush describing her as "a pit bull in size 6 shoes," I decided I would listen carefully to this debate.

  • Clinton redux revives that sense of betrayal

    June 22, 2004

    SEEING BILL CLINTON in the spotlight again is like - forgive the analogy - seeing an old lover after not enough time has passed.

  • Stewart's attitude was on trial, too

    March 9, 2004

    MARTHA STEWART's conviction in federal court last week must stand as a warning to all future Marthas.

  • No reason to recant support for Arnold

    October 7, 2003

    ACOUPLE OF weeks ago, I wrote a column saying that if I were a Californian, I would vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Schwarzenegger's zest for American dream counterbalances past of sex, drugs

    September 16, 2003

    IT MIGHT COST me my feminist membership card, but if I were a California resident, I'd vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor - even if I'd have to wait a few more months to do so.

  • Word war: `Marital' becomes `martial'

    December 10, 2002

    MY HUSBAND and I lead the split-shift, tag-team, crisis-du-jour lives so common among couples with teen-age children, and our paths are guaranteed to cross at only one moment: Sunday night at 9 o'clock for the latest installment of The Sopranos.

  • Sniper is wrecking the games students play

    October 22, 2002

    The killings by the sniper in the white van have thrown the athletic lives of children and families into a holy mess of official overreaction and bureaucratic indecision.

  • With everyone a target, fear is hard to avoid

    October 9, 2002

    IT IS DIFFERENT this time.

  • Parents feel high school angst again, through teens

    October 6, 2002

    IT APPEARS THAT I am not popular in high school. Again.

  • Lindh rage gives way to sadness

    July 23, 2002

    THE CASE OF John Walker Lindh has been resolved to the apparent satisfaction of both parties.

  • Mourning loss of son's competitor

    March 19, 2002

    KEVAN Fletcher, a top-notch wrestler for Patterson High School, was found shot to death inside his East Baltimore rowhouse earlier this month, and a pair of teen-age acquaintances have been arrested and charged with his murder.

  • All we can do for safety is embrace each other

    September 30, 2001

    IN THE IMMEDIATE aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon explosions, I had one thought, and I bet it was almost universal.

  • Our routines will keep us busy, but the sadness will stay with us

    September 14, 2001

    IN THE AFTERMATH of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, we are being told that we must recognize that life in this country will never be the same.

  • And now, for a -- of local flavor, we bring you a taste of Art Donovan

    January 31, 1993

    Hey, Jim Kelly! Try some warm olive oil on top of your head, ya big crybaby.