susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

10 Questions to help you reduce

I have a lot of sacred clutter. If you read my blog much, you already know that, since I've been obsessively writing purging, antiques, and heirlooms for about two years. Next week, I move into a different house; I'd say "new" house, except that it's the oldest house...

Complaining about my blessings

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I have a confession to make. It’s shocking and embarrassing, but I’ll bet you understand what I’m talking about. I’ve been complaining lately. About my blessings. Why? Because I’ve been over-worked and over-stressed, and that’s my...

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...

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