susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

15 Books for cold weather, about cold weather

Our first winter storm for 2019 is about to blow in. That means school children are hoping for snow and snow days. For me, snow conjures a “winter wonderland” euphoria. Picture-taking in my yard, fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate with a good book on the sunroom...

My 15 favorite books from 2018

My 15 favorite books from 2018 I'm still thinking about these 15 books at the end of the year. The characters I met are now old friends, embodied in old stories that I have come to believe. Their lives happened, and I knew them. This year I read quite a bit, for grad...

Merry Christmas, everyone

Merry Christmas from my husband Shane and I (on our 29th wedding anniversary) Merry Christmas, everyone—I pray that your day will be filled with delight, joy, and thanksgiving. The Hallmark movie kind of moments would be great, for sure, but I hope you have more...

A story of hope (and a little Christmas snooping)

A story of hope (and a little Christmas snooping) I wanted the Sindy Dining Room set for Christmas. I wanted it so bad, I was even willing to break the cardinal rule of No Snooping. It happened during my early elementary school years, when I was deep in the...

Be like George

If you’ve been on any media since Friday, you’ve had opportunity to catch interviews and news about former President George H. W. Bush dying at the age of 94, just eight months after his beloved wife Barbara passed away.I hope they’ve made you think. Actually, I hope...

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