susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

3 ways to handle grief (inspired by a random stranger)

3 ways to handle grief (inspired by a random, wonderful stranger) The coolest, most random and affirming thing happened this week. I grieved with a total stranger, and I felt joy in doing it. I’ll tell you in a minute how it happened. Let me just preface the story by...

3 Reasons to honor Father’s Day (even if you don’t have your dad)

3 Reasons to honor Father's Day (even if you don't have your dad) If you don’t have a dad or you’re not a dad or you don’t have a great dad, then you don’t like Father’s Day all that much. I hear you, and it’s okay. But that doesn't make honoring fathers or the day...

What’s your cover look like?

What's your cover look like? I got my almost-final cover for Soulspeak: Praying change into unexpected places this week from my publisher. They still need to alter the font sizes some, but it’s nearly done. Here’s a sneak-peak at what we have so far. Now that we’re...

How your calling is formed (i.e. me starring in a play, losing my wig, & ad libbing)

How your calling is formed (i.e. me starring in a play, losing my wig, & ad libbing) It’s funny how life happens in scenes. Almost like a play. Around my sophomore year of high school, I played Jo March in our school’s production of “Little Women.” As the...

5 ways shame sneaks into our lives

5 ways shame sneaks into our lives Shame is a sneaky little bugger. It renames itself. It invades your thoughts and actions. It makes you want to hide or run away. It magnifies your other emotions. It redefines your identity. Other than that, it’s completely healthy....

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