susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

How to add value to someone’s life

Do I regularly add value to someone else’s life?This morning I listened to Cary Neiuwhof’s leadership podcast about how to do a successful book launch. The book launch part was really overwhelming and intimidating because I’m planning a book launch for next summer,...

7 things to consider when changing your child’s school

Now entering the fourth quarter, the school year is winding down. For many, the applications are out and the down payments have been made. Yet many parents are still agonizing over their options for next fall. With over 20 years experience in the four major types of...

Why pumpkins make me happy

Pumpkins make me happy.They make me travel through time, every year from October 1-Thanksgiving Day. They transport me to pumpkin patches, back to my kids’ childhoods, when my little boys picked out their first pumpkins and we road on hay wagons together and carved...

Beating the birthday blues

It’s my birthday week. This year, I’m going to beat the birthday blues. First reason: I just gained an extra year of life. For most of this year, I’ve been preparing myself to turn 53 on October 27. But a couple days ago during a friendly debate with my husband, I...

Ever been to a ghetto?

It’s been over 10 years, and I can still picture the tattered details of the gypsy ghettos of Bulgaria. Yes, there are ghettos in Europe. Gypsies live in them, all over Eastern Europe. And if gypsy kids don't live in a ghetto, they fill the orphanages, hospitals, and...

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