susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

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MEET SUE

just a few of my latest thoughts.

What does Charlottesville mean?

I feel like I should say something about Charlottesville, but I hardly know what. Charlottesville is a charming, eclectic red-bricked hill town that today is known for something horrendous. Charlottesville is America in a teaspoon. It's a conflagration of woes and...
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A surprising benefit of grief

This weekend, I built another bridge between life and death. Between loneliness and memories. Between grief and joy. I did it by stripping a 150-year-old dresser. Which is exactly what my mother would have done, except she would have stripped the entire dresser and...
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8 Rules for a Great Book Club

It’s been over four years since I started my book club, and may I say that it has been a raving success? We meet again tonight, and I am giddy with excitement. My son wanted to move into his new place today, and I put him off until tomorrow. It’s Book Club night. Duh....
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The Myth of Equality

I read this book in a few days, and books about race are not my normal fare. I have rarely been so impressed by a book that deals with race and inequality, and I’ve never read anything that addressed the issue of white supremacy in a non-Neo-Nazi way. And I’m a bit...
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Who is God the Father to you?

Daddy, Dad, Father, Papa, Daddio, Pop. These titles, and many more, draw up a wide, tumultuous range of emotions for us. Each, in its own way, suggests a level of intimacy and connection, a unique blending of two lives in a relationship of impact and personality...
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