susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

The value of remembering 9/11

The value of remembering 9/11 I vividly remember 9/11. I was sitting on my loveseat in the living room for quick mental break with the Today Show before I sat down to finish up my plans for my son’s birthday on the following day. Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were...

How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school”

How everyone can benefit from "back-to-school" It’s back-to-school time. I don’t know why that’s always so exciting for me—it means piles of grading, early mornings, missing grades in the grade book, parent emails, student excuses. But I'm an education addict....

4 suggestions for organizing unexpected change

4 suggestions for organizing unexpected change We've had a good bit of change in our family lately. Maybe you have, too. Fall is coming, and somehow that makes everyone adjust something. Maybe you find change exhilarating. Maybe it’s exhausting, emotional, or...

7 things to do when your child moves away

7 things to do when your child moves away It's that time of year. Kid moving-away time. I have three sons, and they’re all moving within a 10-day period. One is headed to college, one to physical therapy school, one home to land for a bit while he starts a new job....

National Book Lover’s Day & some book recommendations

National Book Lover's Day & some book recommendations I’m a book lover. Big shock. My mom, my brother, and I all have this disease. We buy books all the time, and we read all the time. We love the library, but mostly because we love being surrounded by books. I,...

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