susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

30 days to a better marriage

30 days to a better marriage (or in our case, 30 years) Thirty years, baby. 1989-1919. This month, my husband and I celebrate our 30th anniversary. I thought I’d write about marriage this week because next week we’ll be celebrating on a cruise (which incidentally, we...

How gratefulness changes your heart & body (and stops insecurity)

How gratefulness changes your heart & body (and stops insecurity) Experts agree with me that keeping a thankfulness journal can change your perspective about everything. To the psychology community, I thank you for validating my unscientific but logical...

How Veteran’s Day impacts everyone

How Veteran's Day impacts everyone If you grew up in America's heartland like I did, Veteran’s Day meant flags and parades. It took me a few years to figure out what the "VFW" stood for, other than a banner held by a bunch of old guys in uniform. I began to realize...

3 things I’m doing to be more thankful

3 things I'm doing to be more thankful Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away, so it’s that thankful time of year. I'm reminded that I should live like this all the time. How can we renew thankfulness? My November began with a trip to my former home state of Pennsylvania,...

10 things to teach your kids about living

10 things to teach your kids about living In Feb, 2016, I published this article on Crosswalk. It has run well and continues to be helpful parenting advice. I've amended it below for parents of boys and girls. (Click here to read the original.) Your kids can live...

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