susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

What moving is teaching me

A cupcake is not a cupcake if it's not in a paper liner, is it? And certainly not if it's pumpkin. After all, pumpkin is a vegetable. And cream cheese icing is cheese, after all. Not healthy per se, but it would have been in the 70s. I have 1 dozen pumpkin cupcakes to...

Happy Birthday, Grief

Grief is trying to sneak up on me again, but I'm ready for her. In less than a week, October will be over. October is the birthday month for me and both of my parents, who were born on the same day, two years apart. Destiny, I guess. I find that an...

Where are you from and why it matters

In my ESL class, I have students from Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Argentina, Pakistan, Croatia, Russia, and Mexico. "Where are you from?" is one of the first questions we ask when someone new comes to class. We smile and celebrate their...

What I learned in Cuba

I am writing this blog from a park bench in Cuba. (Of course, I can't send it from here. I can barely get out texts to my kids.) I don’t know why, but I had anticipated a Hollywood-esque kind of Cuba, like a snapshot from black-and-white movie. But this is...

How to handle rebellious teenagers

If you’re a parent, even of young children, you're probably freaked out about the teen years. You've heard way too many stories about kids and weed, alcohol, porn, and sexting. If you have teenagers, maybe your fears have become reality. Regardless of your experiences...

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