susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

How to kill a snake

In honor of spring, gardens, and snakes that look like garden hoses and bungee cords, I'm reposting a well-loved blog about how an ordinary woman like me kills a snake. This is really helpful information for experienced and inexperienced snake killers alike. I am a...

How to steal real connectivity

I drove through the bank line this week (so archaic, I know), and I pulled up next to a car with a mom and teenage son in the two front seats. They were both on their phones, swiping and scrolling, eyes glued on their devices. They never spoke to one another or turned...

What would you do if this were your last week of life?

What would you do if you knew this was your last week of life? It’s the Monday after Palm Sunday. If you’re a religious person or at least a church-attender, you realize that yesterday, the Christian faith celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem about 2000...

17 books that might challenge your views on justice, reform, and grace

I'm halfway through a Masters in Theology and Culture. I've got 15 books to recommend, if you want to read about justice and culture. You'll find short summaries below so you can decide what you'd like to read. The program's emphasis is social justice within our...

How to control your anger

Someone has hijacked your project at work. Your friend has betrayed your trust. Family members are infuriating you with their actions and attitudes. You find yourself getting irritable, then resentful. Then what? You lose it. You feel a rush of anger, a brief sense of...

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