susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

Where are you from and why it matters

In my ESL class, I have students from Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Argentina, Pakistan, Croatia, Russia, and Mexico. "Where are you from?" is one of the first questions we ask when someone new comes to class. We smile and celebrate their...

What I learned in Cuba

I am writing this blog from a park bench in Cuba. (Of course, I can't send it from here. I can barely get out texts to my kids.) I don’t know why, but I had anticipated a Hollywood-esque kind of Cuba, like a snapshot from black-and-white movie. But this is...

How to handle rebellious teenagers

If you’re a parent, even of young children, you're probably freaked out about the teen years. You've heard way too many stories about kids and weed, alcohol, porn, and sexting. If you have teenagers, maybe your fears have become reality. Regardless of your experiences...

What will you dream when you grow up?

Dreamer is an important label right now. It always has been, or at least it should be, especially when referring to children. Artist, ballerina, astronaut, professional athlete, teacher, nurse, policeman. Somewhere along the journey through childhood, a hobby became a...

A Man Called Ove Book Review

Have you known any crochety old people--perhaps parents, grandparents, or neighbors--who demand perfection of everyone but lack the grace to overlook their own short-comings? Have you known men or women who who dislike everyone and everything, and yet secretly helps...

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