“I can’t go on.  I go on.”   (October 2017)

Susan’s Thursday morning note October 5, 2017 “I can’t go on.  I go on.”   Good morning!  Silence broken by thunder.  Downpour.  My angel is peering through my window with bright eyes reflecting light from my lamp on her wet face.  Encouraging me to stop and be still and listen to the heavens awaking this […]

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Time. Letting each day go. Accepting all events. Myrtle Reed. (March 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note March 10, 2016 Time.  Letting each day go, accepting all events.  Myrtle Reed Quotes. Good morning.  Surreal sound of Sandhill Cranes trying to interrupt my thoughts as they call down to me leaving for Canada this morning.  Would anyone notice if I magically became small and traveled with them, to see […]


“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” – Hope (August 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning  Note August 25, 2016 “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” – hope Good morning!   Absolute stillness outside my window except the movement of my angel of dawn looking through with her smile and encouragement to enter this day.  Little feet sticking out of blanket beside me.  Sticky fingers on this same […]


Sioux Warrior Poem. Thoughts on warriors. (June 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Note June 30, 2016 Sioux Poem on Warrior.  Thoughts on warriors Good morning.  Beautiful stillness given again with the word morning.  Almost synonyms.  Early morning.  Stillness.  The green carpet outside is covered with the intricate patterns hardly noticeable to my eyes from the spider’s creativity during the night.  Do little baby spiders get […]


Auschwitz Liberation. Holocaust Writings. Elie Wiesel Prayer. Maximilian Kolbe Priest and Martyr. Etty Hillesum prisoner journal entries. Presence of God in the midst of suffering. (Jan. 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note January 29, 2015 Auschwitz Liberation.  Holocaust Writings.  Elie Wiesel Prayer. Maximilian Kolbe Priest and Martyr. Etty Hillesum prisoner journal entries.  Presence of God in the midst of suffering.  Good morning!  No silence this morning as the winds send their greetings.  Hot coffee added to the scene.  The morning has arrived.  Our […]


Refusing to be “poor in spirit” – “Lucy Gayheart” by Willa Cather (Aug. 2014)

  Susan’s Thursday Morning Note August 21, 2014 Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather – Refusing to be “poor in spirit” regardless of personal circumstances. Misc. Quotes on Excellence in life. Good morning! Quiet rain. Coffee. Stillness. How I love this gift from the angel of dawn who came again to my door. This week I […]


Music Analogy. Hard moments in life compared to musical composition. Richard Paul Evans Christmas Box Collection. (Nov. 2006)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note November 26, 2006 Christmas Box Trilogy by Richard Paul Evans – Music Analogy Hard moments in live compared to minor movement in musical composition…  don’t stop our song…keep playing to get into the next movement of our songs.  Good morning!  I almost had a slight panic when I went in the […]


Hold Fast Your Dreams poem by Louise Driscoll. Dreaming amidst suffering. (May 2013)

  Susan’s Thursday Note May 30, 2013 Lousie Driscoll Poem (written during WW1 on dreaming amidst extreme suffering)   Good morning.  So still to begin the day.  Perfect filler with a little coffee.  Little whosit learning that his mom isn’t where he practices his sword fighting on this early.  The angel of dawn has arrived.  […]


Eternal Perspective When Hurting. “Streams in the Desert” (Nov. 2012)

Susan’s Newsletter November 29, 2012 Eternal Perspective when Hurting Streams in the Desert daily devotional by LC Cowman Good morning.  A cup of filler with a little coffee.  Little striped tornado trying to climb onto table.  Cats hiding from little tornado.  Life.  The little things we’ll remember.  Only once in each life do we get to observe […]


Soul strength in extreme hardship. Meaning in life. Regardless of our story. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. (Aug. Oct. 2009)

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl October 22, 2009 Susan’s Thursday Morning Note     What gives us meaning?  What keeps us striving for morality?  Why, among our own sufferings, or after the death of those we love, why (how) can we find true meaning in our existence? Followed by August 20, 2009 Newsletter […]


Rose Analogy. Beauty of old rose bushes vs. buds. Hard life giving beauty. “Finding Noel” by Richard Paul Evans (Feb. 2007)

February 1, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter  Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans Rose analogy with life (young buds vs. gnarled old bushes) The Rose with a story.  The beauty of those that lived a hard life. It's February! We all made it – spring is just around the corner! Okay – I'm not that optimistic.  But […]


Dreaming. Keeping alive regardless of circumstances. Keeping LIFE. “A Lantern in Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Dec. 2009)

December 17, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter   A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich       “Time passing…stop the winds…stop the winds…”       Death of her young baby at birth.  Death discussion with husband before his death.  Grief.       Dreaming – keeping ALIVE regardless of immediate circumstances.  Keeping LIFE.       Motherhood thoughts after being thought […]


Seeing Possibilities in Future. Time bringing healing. “Chez Moi” by Agnes Desarthe (Aug. 2009)

August 6, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Elbert's Book of Initiative by Elbert Hubbard (Why Read & Learn?  Cultivating the Intellect) Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe (Time moving on, healing)   Good morning!  Dare I admit my coffee filler has rebelled this morning & the entire counter is a deep, dark muck?  Amazing how enough filler can transform what […]


Disappointment in Life, Hurts, Despair “As Silver Refined” by Kay Arthur (May 2008)

May 15, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur Good morning all you busy Christmas planners, shoppers, tired elves out there! This week I have been reading a book that has made my top three in life.  I do not easily give a book that high of a mark, but this one is […]


Coping with intense pain – “Mistaken Identity” by Don & Susie Van Ryn (June 2008)

Susan’s Newsletter  June 12, 2008 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Mistaken Identity by Don & Susie Van Ryn Hi everybody! Finally a beautiful day – and I just want to ignore all responsibilities and go outside!!! But first I'll tell you about two great books that I truly encourage you to read.  The first […]


Acceptance of Pain, Grief, Hardship. “Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox and “Perfectly Imperfect” by Lee Woodruff (May 2009)

Susan’s Newsletter May 21, 2009 Accepting Pain & Hardship               Always Looking Up: the Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox             Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress by Lee Woodruff             Diaries & Letters of Anne Lindbergh   Good morning! Oh, the wind isn't blowing this morning…I can't believe it!…I thought […]


Prayer, Heaven, Goodness, Forgiveness “The Lamplighter” by Maria Cummins (April 2011)

  April 21, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter The Lamplighter by Maria Cummins   Good morning!  Calm.  Peaceful.  Coffee.  Robins.  Sounds of birds.  Spring.  It actually feels like spring!  Another treasure has been unpacked in the used bookstore from one of you, once again.  The Lamplighter by Maria Cummins.  There is an inscription in the front from […]


Madame Guyon (1717) Freedom of Heart & Mind Poem (on freedom of soul regardless of circumstances) (April 2012)

April 21, 2012 Susan’s Newsletter Madame Guyon (1717) poem on Freedom of the Soul (even in confinement) Good morning!   The Sun has chosen to not grace us with her presence today, but we now know she does exist from her debut yesterday!  Our little tulips are dying to show off their hidden colors, the little […]


Suffering, Fear of future, Ability to relate to others, Joy in spite of pain. “The Master’s Violin” by Reed & “Anne’s House of Dreams” by Montgomery (Jan. 2011)

  January 13, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter The Master’s Violin by Myrtle Reed  A House of Her Own by L.M. Montgomery   Good morning!  Have you found a path to your cars yet?  Finally it looks like Christmas…only the deliverer of the snow missed his date by a few weeks!  With the perfect coffee, discontented frustrated […]


Life is Beautiful – Regardless of Circumstances – Etty Hillesum WW2 Letters 1941-1943 (Feb 2009)

Life is Beautiful – Regardless of Circumstances (WW2 diary of Etty Hillesum) Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork Click here for ordering information of Life is Beautiful by Etty Hillesum   February 26, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter Hi!!  All week long I’ve been frustrated because I just can’t find anything that I want to […]


Coexisting with Unresolved & Embracing Imperfection “Creating a Charmed Life” by Victoria Moran (Mar. 2007 & 2011)

March 10, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter – Embracing Imperfection in Self March 29, 2007 – Coexisting Gracefully with the Unresolved Creating a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran God Calling Journal.  By AJ Russell    Good morning!  Maybe we're looking at our final blanket of still whiteness outside for the season…it's so still and quiet this morning.  […]


Loneliness & Despair. Search for meaningful life – “Work” by Louisa May Alcott (Jan. 2009)

January 22, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter Work by Louisa May Alcott    Desiring meaningful life    Love of books    Loneliness and Despair    Aging as a Woman Good morning & we can say – Good WARM (all is relative, right?!??!) morning this time!!!  Should we all just pretend spring is next week and deal with the reality […]


God’s Involvement in Pain, Grief, Despair “Gold by Moonlight” by Amy Carmichael (Jan. 2009)

  God’s Involvement in Pain, Grief, Despair (Gold by Moonlight by Amy Carmichael) January 8, 2009 Susan’s Thursday Morning Note Good morning!  I’ve got my favorite mug (Holly Hobby colors from the 70s!) and a perfect filler/coffee ration, along with two mad cats that won’t purr or come near me as I try to think for you […]


Faith (Trusting God for what we don’t understand & what we desire) – “Streams in the Desert” (June 2009)

June 18, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman Good morning!!!  Is it possible that summer & sunshine & swimming & complaining about the heat & seeing corn grow is finally coming this week!??!?  (Yes, I know that I'm supposed to list with commas!)  Last Saturday I picked up the daily devotional that I've written […]


Difficult Times – Verses of Promises from God (Jan. 2007)

  Susan’s Thursday Morning Newsletter January 4, 2007 Good morning! Family members are asleep in the living room, so I don’t dare tip-toe to get my coffee going. I’ll try to function enough to send you a hi! It seems like a majority of you that I have run into this week are not feeling […]


Uncertainty. Difficult Times “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers (Mar. 2007)

  Susan's Newsletter March 1, 2007 My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers Uncertainty   March.  What a great word!  If I was going to be named a descriptive word, I'd pick March or Spring for my word.  It's difficult to create any type of negative image with those two words!  For God to have […]


Difficult Times “Running With Patience” excerpt from “Streams in the Desert” (Nov. 2006)

November 2, 2006 Susan's Newsletter "Running with Patience" – excerpt from devotional Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman And now, onward with what I've been reading! I would like to write out for you what I read this week in Streams in the Desert, the daily devotional book that my mom gave me after […]


Getting Through Extremely Difficult Experiences. “Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance” by Joseph Marshall (Apr. 2008)

April 3, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Keep Going: the Art of Perseverance by Joseph Marshall How to go through extremely difficult experiences. Good morning!  (We’ll pretend it’s nice outside…that will work for about an hour for my psychological games I play with myself on cold mornings in April where there is no hope for sun in […]


Intense Pain in Life – Forrest Gump Analogy & On My Knees Song (Nov. 2006)

November 9, 2006 Susan's Newsletter   Good morning from Cody, Wyoming! I fly back to Nebraska later this morning, but have gotten to spend the last few days with my sister & 3 little nieces right outside of Yellowstone Park.. My sister, Julie, asked me to sit last night and watch a speaker on DVD, […]


Difficult Times – Bad Luck Good Luck Poem (Apr 2008)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Newsletter April 10, 2008 Good coming from bad situations  Good miserable, overcast, gloomy, rainy morning!  If that sun doesn’t pop out soon our morel mushrooms don’t stand a chance.  Rain rain go away, Come again another day! I have been thinking this week about a short Chinese fable I read last year.  […]


Despair vs. Hope – Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman (Sept. 2008)

September 4, 2008 Susan's Newsletter Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman Despair vs. Hope   Good morning – I just finished the perfect filler/coffee combination cup of coffee with fog all around our home.  Seeing Camden's look when he saw the fog – I desire his amazement…his ability to not think about anything except […]


Desires for self and those we love. Beauty of a moment. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote. (Oct. 2006)

October 26, 2006 Susan’s Newsletter Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote Desires – frustration with not being able to give those we love their desires Beauty of a moment Good morning!  Do I start with good morning if it’s still so dark out that it seems like the middle of the night?  Who knows!  I […]


Change, Accepting & Growing…Susan’s Analogy to Simmering Pot of Soup (Aug. 2007)

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust August 30, 2007 Newsletter (Circumstances changing us…Relationship analogy to pot of soup) September 6, 2007 Newsletter (Prayer)   Hi everybody!  I've already downed two cups of coffee with an absolutely perfect filler/coffee combination, so think I can organize what I'd like to write for you and […]


Butterfly in Susan’s World (Aug. 2006)

August 24, 2006 Susan’s Newsletter Good morning! How I wish you could have had the 10:30 experience that I had last night. Several weeks ago after sending all of you a note about Camden’s butterfly adventure, a friend made for Camden a butterfly hatching net to hang in his room, brought him some caterpillars, dill […]


“Easy Life” vs. “Hard Life”: Pursuing Happiness Regardless “Villette” by Charlotte Bronte (July 2009)

July 23, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter (Hard life vs. Easy life) Villette by Charlotte Bronte Followed by July 16, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter (Too tired to pray) Good morning!  Does it get any prettier in Nebraska than a morning like this?  No wind.  That in itself – a miracle.  The beautiful green cornfields with stunning sunsets…if you're don't get to […]


Diaries and Letters of Anne Lindbergh – Good-byes Soul Strength Prayer Grief (July 2008 & Aug 2011)

August 13, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter (Soul Strength) July 31, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter (Saying Good-bye, Prayer) War Within and Without 1939-1944: Diaries & Journals of Anne Lindbergh Good morning!!!   It seems like so long since I’ve sat to write.  It’s beautiful for thinking this morning…windows open.  Cats against the back of the computer for the vibration […]


Heaven. Susan’s thoughts on anniversary of mother’s death. (Jan. 2007)

January 18, 2007 Susan's Newsletter Thoughts on anniversary of mom's death.  Thoughts on heaven. Good morning!  I have been thinking about what I'm about to write all night, and when I think too hard then it's harder to write.  How's that for a start?!?!  I don't want to be at all depressing in this note, […]


Life Changes and Letting Go “When the Heart Waits” by Sue Monk Kidd (Sept. 2008)

September 11, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd Changes in Life & Letting Go   Hi all of you! A cup of marvelous coffee (I thought it tasted good last week because it was cool, it's even better when it's rainy & cool!)…two wet cats tossed out in the rain […]


Complexity of Mother/Daughter Relationship. Death of Mother. “Birthday Parties in Heaven” by Ana Veciana-Suarez (May 2006)

May 11, 2006 Newsletter Complexity of Mother/Daughter Relationships Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Love, Life, Grief, & Other Matters of the Heart by Ana Veciana Suarez   Good morning! Happy Mother's Day weekend (and graduation weekend if that is affecting you)! A book that I have kept near my bed for a few years […]


Regrets in life. Forgiving yourself. “For One More Day” by Mitch Alborn (Oct. 2006)

October 19, 2006 Newsletter Regrets in Life.  Forgiving yourself. For One More Day by Mitch Alborn Good morning!  One cup of coffee has been downed & I'm ready to try to think!  This week I read the new release For One More Day by Mitch Alborn (author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People […]


Regrets. Moving on. Forgiving Self. Sadness. Change. (Nov. 2008)

  November 20, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Wilke As Silver Refined:  Learning to Embrace Life’s Disappointments by Kay Arthur Forward From Here:  Leaving Middle Age – and Other Unexpected Adventuresby Reeve Lindbergh The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Good morning!  I am needing an entire pot of our legal […]


Time Passing so Quickly “Lantern in Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Dec. 2009)

  December 17, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich       “Time passing…stop the winds…stop the winds…”       Death of her young baby at birth.  Death discussion with husband before his death.  Grief.       Dreaming – keeping ALIVE regardless of immediate circumstances.  Keeping LIFE.       Motherhood thoughts after being thought […]


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