susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

How to be angry the right way

How to be angry the right way Are you angry about what's happening in our country? How can you be angry in the right way? No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down...

Why the statues matter so much

Why the statues matter so much I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. I’m all torn up. Maybe you are, too. I live in Richmond, Virginia. My quiet city is now completely upside-down. The issues here are quite complicated. We aren't just a charming old city in the...

The Great American Book List: books that formed American culture

The Great American Book List: books that formed American culture I have a list of favorite books about American life. “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different...

10 things I’ve missed & 10 things I haven’t missed & how it’s changing me

10 things I've missed & 10 things I haven't missed & how it's changing me 10 weeks into the stay-at-home order, I'm missing a lot of things and not missing others. And it's changing how I want my new future to look. Thinking through this list of things I'm...

What grief wants from you

What grief wants from you Grief paid me another visit this week. Millions of people have been grieving losses over the last 6 weeks, due to the coronavirus and its collateral damage. The greatest mourners have lost multiple loved ones. At a minimum, everyone has lost...

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