susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

The Great American Book List: books that formed American culture

The Great American Book List: books that formed American culture I have a list of favorite books about American life. “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different...

10 things I’ve missed & 10 things I haven’t missed & how it’s changing me

10 things I've missed & 10 things I haven't missed & how it's changing me 10 weeks into the stay-at-home order, I'm missing a lot of things and not missing others. And it's changing how I want my new future to look. Thinking through this list of things I'm...

What grief wants from you

What grief wants from you Grief paid me another visit this week. Millions of people have been grieving losses over the last 6 weeks, due to the coronavirus and its collateral damage. The greatest mourners have lost multiple loved ones. At a minimum, everyone has lost...

How to fight the quarantine blues

How to fight the quarantine blues Honestly, I haven't beaten the quarantine blues yet. I just realized this week that I have them. You probably have them, too. If you're a true extrovert, you've had them for awhile now. I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have...

The biggest picture: what’s happening spiritually because of the pandemic

The biggest picture: what's happening spiritually because of the pandemic Week 5 of the Quarantine. Or is it Week 6? My world has become myopic. I don’t even know anymore. One of my sons somehow caught the stomach flu this past week, and for 24 hours, I was...

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