susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

We’re having a COVID wedding!

We're having a COVID wedding! It's actually happening. Our son is getting married. In front of people. After one thousand nine hundred and thirteen changes, my son is getting married on Saturday. (Well, maybe not that many changes, but it sure felt like it.) I didn’t...

I miss you, Mom: How to handle personal grief during a time of collective grief

I miss you, Mom: How to handle personal grief during a time of collective grief It hasn't been an easy summer so far. We just keep going, pushing into the discomfort, the unsettling, the non-normal. After weeks and months of collective grief and insecurity, today all...

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...

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