susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

What I’m learning about menopause

The strangest thing has just occurred— You may not know, you haven’t heard— what happens to women late in life, we who have handled pleasure and strife.   Thousands of cookies we have baked, Thrown lots of parties filled with cake, consumed pasta, coffees,...

How to help someone who’s hurting

HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO’S HURTING You know someone who’s hurting. Someone whose marriage is crumbling, whose child is rebelling, whose emotional health is unstable. Someone who has experienced the death of a loved one. I know you know these people, because...

How to handle rejection

Have you ever felt betrayed by a friend? Have you dropped a friendship, only to realize that you over-reacted--that perhaps your hurt feelings hadn't come from rejection but from an incorrect perspective? Rejection is a double-edged sword, I think. While it's...

It will never be enough

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 138) Is it ever enough, this life we find both invigorating and draining, both...

What to do when you’re lonely

Do you ever feel lonely? Does your loneliness surprise you? It surprises me. But apparently, I’m normal, so that’s a relief, in a pathetic self-absorbed sort of way. A Harris Poll, conducted for the American Osteopathic Association, found that a third of Americans...

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