Ellicott City couple unconcerned about `publish or perish' maxim

NEIGHBORS

July 15, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S UNUSUAL enough for one person to get a book published, but it's rare indeed for a husband and a wife to do it.

Steve and Marie Sugar had books published in the spring. "We couldn't have planned it this way if we had tried," Steve Sugar said.

The couple live in Ellicott City with their son Michael, a student at Centennial High School.

Steve Sugar's book Primary Games was published by Jossey-Bass, and Marie Sugar's book, The Complete Natural Dyeing Guide, was publishing by the Rug Hooking Magazine Framework Series.

Steve Sugar had his first book, Games That Teach, published in 1998.

He specializes in devising games that make learning fun. "I write games that you can insert information into," he explained. "My mother used to teach me by games. I was one of those kids ... I'm not dumb, but if I didn't get it right away, I would quit."

Steve started to teach himself through games and used them to help him earn an MBA from George Washington University. He teaches a management course at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and uses the games in his classroom, he said.

His second book, Games That Teach Teams, was published in 2000 - and his writing career was launched.

Primary Games offers games for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. He is putting the finishing touches on a book called Secondary Games, which is for students in grades six through 12. He wrote it with his daughter-in-law Kim Kostoroski Sugar.

Marie Sugar took an entirely different path toward becoming a published writer. An artist and former gallery owner, she developed an interest in rug-hooking. She began to experiment with natural dyes, replicating ones that had been used in Colonial times.

Her interest became a book on natural dyeing techniques, which she also illustrated.

With the diverse subject matter of their books, "We have nothing in common," Steve Sugar said, joking. "We kind of pass each other in the hall. We don't work together at all."

Roller-skating champs

Cherie Wein of Ellicott City recently won a silver medal in the Regional Roller Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Wein's medal was in the Novice Solo Dance competition. She competes in the National Championship in Lincoln, Neb., from July 28 through Aug. 7.

Wein is a member of the National Capital Dance and Figure Club, which has member rinks in Laurel, Clinton, Pasadena, Seabrook, Waldorf and Franconia, Va. The annual competitions are run by the U.S. Amateur Confederation of Roller Skating, with headquarters in Lincoln.

In June, the regional championship will be held in Laurel.

Angel Award

A neighbor of a young woman who died in Africa is asking people to nominate the 27-year-old for an Angel Award.

Debbie Derwart of Ellicott City is sending e-mails and distributing fliers around her Mount Hebron neighborhood, telling the story of Mia Sutphin, who died in May from a reaction to medication.

Sutphin was helping take care of children with HIV at the Nyumbani Orphanage when she died. "I'm just so awe-struck by such a young person wanting to give so much of herself," Derwart said. "I met them 20 years ago. When you see the pain that a parent goes through losing a child, it is devastating."

The Angel Award, established by Oprah Winfrey, honors "everyday heroes" who work to improve the lives of others. To nominate Sutphin, go to www. oprah.com and click on Oprah's Angel Network; then click on Nominate Someone You Know.

For more information about Mia Sutphin and how to nominate her, e-mail Derwart at derwart@erols.com.

Says the flier: "This young woman in 27 years of life attempted to give more than most of us think about."

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