susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

5 ways shame sneaks into our lives

5 ways shame sneaks into our lives Shame is a sneaky little bugger. It renames itself. It invades your thoughts and actions. It makes you want to hide or run away. It magnifies your other emotions. It redefines your identity. Other than that, it’s completely healthy....

3 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day (and keep its original purpose)

3 ways to celebrate Mother's Day (and keep its original purpose) Mother's Day is two days away. I'm monitoring my expectations. Not because I think my husband and sons will blow it--but because I never know how it's going to hit me. I'm emotional about Mother's Day...

What I don’t miss about the 80s

What I don't miss about the 80s (alert: old pictures below) Last night, we were watching some old basketball footage on ESPN (because that’s what you do in a male-dominated household), and the styles and fuzzy film threw me back to the 80s of my teen and young-adult...

15 book series that make perfect summer reading (p.s. you might fall in love)

15 book series that make perfect summer reading(p.s. you might fall in love) "You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."Dr. Seuss With spring temps dancing in the 80s, I am finally painting my toenails, trying on shorts, and...

5 reasons Jesus’ resurrection matters

5 reasons Jesus' resurrection matters "Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events: and we lay hold of a great hope."Dietrich Bonhoeffer Does the...

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