Welcome to Muttering Fool. I’m Suzy Pietras-Smith, 43, journalist, photographer, fat, feminist, cancer survivor, weird, tattooed, aunt, and wife.

I started this site in 1999 on Geocities before moving to my own domain in 2000.

I live in the town of Colonial Beach, Virginia with my husband of  20 years, Tony. We have no kids of our own, but have a baker’s dozen of niblings that we spoil rotten at any chance

The past seven years I have worked as a journalist for the local weekly paper with a focus on politics and local government.  That is just a tip of the iceberg as I write, photograph, and do so much more nowadays. I still love what I do even as the environment for journalists has become so hostile in the USA.

I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, clear type, in 2008. One nephrectomy later I was a survivor. I am also disabled due to some muscle and bone issues as well as having lymphedema from the cancer.

There is so much more to me than what I encapsulate here. I also have a photography and news site at Colonial Beach Free Press.com.