Fully living regardless of losses Keeping eternal perspective. “The Delaney Sisters” 104 & 107 Years Old (July 2017)

  Susan’s Thursday Morning Note July 20, 2017 The Delaney Sisters – 104 & 107 year old sisters Fully live the days given to us regardless of our losses. Keeping eternal perspective.   Good morning! Stillness outside. Absolute silence with leaves knowing they will take flight soon and resting a few more minutes. Even the […]


Song of Years by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Strength. Hope. Faith. Desire. Love. (October 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note October 13, 2016 Song of Years by Bess Streeter Aldrich.  Strength.  Hope.  Faith. Desire.  Love.  Good morning.  Autumn dawn sunlight so bright all green looks yellow.  Complete stillness.  Little bird friends must be sleeping in.  As I struggle to put thoughts into words I replay in my mind thoughts written 800 […]


Alice Herz-Sommer. World’s oldest living holocaust survivor on finding beauty in life. (July 2017)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note July 27, 2017 Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor… Life is Beautiful. Quotes on Music Good morning!! The quietness of the morning. Bright lively dancing grass being hit by morning sunlight lays a carpet for my angel of dawn. She faithfully peers again through my […]


Helen Keller short essay on what she would do if given the gift of three days of sight and hearing. (Jan. 2016)

Susan’s Thursday note January 17, 2016 Helen Keller short essay on what she would do if given the gift of three days of sight and hearing.   Good morning!  Silence.  Coffee.  Fingers not finding ability to find any cohesive thoughts to type.  Extra coffee.  Neurons beginning to begin knocking into each other to remind me […]


Spirituality in Daily Life & Work – “Adam Bede” by George Eliot (July 2014)

Susan’s Thursday Note July 10, 2014 George Eliot’s “Adam Bede” Spirituality in everyday life – not only in church service Good morning! The beauty of each calm morning. The angel of dawn has again arrived and handed us the gift of a new dawn. Another beginning. Robins continuing their story. One exuberant cardinal joining the […]


The Art of Happiness by William Ogden NYT Column 1945 & Michel Michel by Robert Lewis WW2 (April 2013)

Susan’s Thursday Note April 18, 2013 The Art of Happiness by William Ogden (NYT Column 1945) Michel, Michel by Robert Lewis (WW2 battle of a young child between France and Israel) Good morning!  Dare I write that when the winds are strong and there is ice and snow out the front door?  There’s got to be something […]


Beauty in Details. Finding God. Finding meaning in life. “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp (April 2012)

  Susan's Newsletter April 12, 2012 Beauty in Details.  Finding God.  Finding meaning in life.  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Good morning!!  Spring.  Tulips.  April.  Birds.  Beauty.  Filler with a little coffee (grin).  Life.  Beginnings.  Searching.  Desiring.  Morning.  The day before us.  What will it hold?  How will we respond?  I love the fresh […]


Music Love. Friendships. Character. Gifts from love of music. “Piano Shop on the Left Bank” by Thad Carhart (Oct. 2008)

October 2, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter   The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart Good morning!     I was able to read the last few weeks another book that was ordered by one of you, that I peeked into before shipping it off – and had to order for us.  The Piano Shop on […]


Finding Joy in Daily Life “Honey in Your Heart” & “Live with Intention” Mary Anne Radmacher (March 2012)

March 15, 2012 Susan's Newsletter Honey in Your Heart: Ways to See and Savor the Simple Good Things by Mary Anne Radmacher Live with Intention Rediscovering What we Deeply Know.by Mary Anne Radmacher   Good morning!!  Perfect filler with a little coffee added in, birds, tulips beginning to push through, windows open for first morning of the […]


Awareness. Noticing. Eulogy for each day of life. “Desert Wisdom by Nouwen” (April 2009)

Susan's Newsletter April 30, 2009 Eulogy for each day of your life.  Awareness.  Noticing. Desert Wisdom from 4th & 5th centuries compiled by Henry Nouwen Simple Abundance by Sarah Breathnach   Good morning!  The birds are singing & the coffee has brewed hours ago….time to get my fingers typing for you! Last week I opened […]


Simplicity and Love for Books “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Jan. 2009)

Susan’s Newsletter January 15, 2009 Simplicity & Love for Books Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach   Good morning out there!  Who wants to get passports today to leave next week for Crete?   My family is going insane, my cats have already showed traits that would give them automatic admission into insane asylums for cats…where do we […]


Angel of Dawn poem by J.S. Cutler (New Day bringing New Gift) (June 2011)

Susan's Newsletter June 30, 2011 Angel of Dawn Poem by J.S. Cutler Good morning!!!  It's already hot today…and knowing the temperature is to reach 104 today…almost made it hard to down a cup of coffee!!  (almost!)  I read a poem this week that I believe you will all really like.  Often we refer to the […]


Finding Meaning in Life (Thankfulness) – “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp (April 2012)

Ordering information for One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Susan's Newsletter April 12, 2012 One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp   Good morning!!  Spring.  Tulips.  April.  Birds.  Beauty.  Filler with a little coffee (grin).  Life.  Beginnings.  Searching.  Desiring.  Morning.  The day before us.  What will it hold?  How will we respond?  I love the fresh start […]


Beauty of living. Choices. The soul. Falling in love with literature. Pursuing LIFE rather than enduring life. (Dec. 2008)

December 11, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Beauty of living.  Choices.  The soul.  Falling in love with literature.  Pursuing LIFE rather than enduring life. Just Life, Part Two by Melanie Wilkinson Stoner by John Williams Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Lean Forward with Your Life and Live Boldly by Mary Anne Radmacher Spirit quote by Victor Hugo […]


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 […]


Thoughts of a little waif child. Michael O’Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter. (April 2010)

April 15, 2010 Susan’s Thursday Note Caring for Each Other Michael O’Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter Good morning!!!  Great coffee.   Baseball.  Wind.  Storm clouds..  Quiet rain.  Green.  Neglected dishes.  Used book calling my name…all composing a short 24 hours of spring in Nebraska!  Some of you are going to roll your eyes with today’s note, for you […]


Beauty of Life and Finding God – Etty Hillesum/WWII Journal of 29 year old in concentration camp) (Mar 2009)

March 19, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter – An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum Letters and journal of Etty Hillesum.  (She died in the concentration camp…these thoughts are on how she found God and the beauty of life in horrible circumstances)   Good morning!  Spring is in the air – the door is […]


Time. Precious. Beautiful Moments. Taking Time to Appreciate Life in the Present (Apr. 2007)

April 19, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter Time.  Precious.  The moments.  Concentrating on the beauty of  our present day, not living for future or living in the past. (Alexander Yelchaninov) Poem Briefly it Enters Briefly it Speaks by Jane Kenyon Good morning!  I have had two cups of coffee, but only one eye has willingly opened.  Regardless […]


Beauty in the moment. In gardens. In what is NOW. Creation. This moment. (June 2008)

June 19, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Beauty in the moment.  In gardens.  In what is NOW.  Creation.  This moment. Eight Ways of Looking at a Garden by Nicole Krauss after traveling to Japan      Excerpt from The Conde Nast Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places  by Klara Glowczewska Good morning!  Have you ever […]


Quotes on Appreciating TODAY “The Traveler” always traveling to find happiness by Daren Simkin (Jan 2008)

January 5, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter   The Traveler by Daren Simkin (A Traveler packing up “time” constantly searching for true happiness) Quotes on Living for Today Good morning everyone!  Does this little baby realize how difficult it is for me to come up with coherent thoughts without a few cups of coffee?!?!?!   Last week I was […]


Appreciate Beauty Near Us. Violinist Joshua Bell playing secretly in the Washington D.C. Subway (May 2007)

May 31, 2007 Newsletter Joshua Bell, Violinist, Playing in the subways of Washington D.C. Beautiful music unnoticed.  Good morning!  I've had my coffee and ready to try to think (only six hours late for those of you writing wondering where in the world is your Thursday e-mail this week!) Maybe it's the great cool weather […]


Anne Lindbergh “War Within and Without: Diaries and Letters 1939-1944” Beauty. pain. grief. hope. awareness. solitude. time…(2008. 2010. 2011)

August 13, 2011 Susan's Newsletter ("Lord, Send My Roots Rain") followed by July 31, 2008 Susan's Newsletter (Saying Good-bye, Prayer) followed by May 6, 2010 Susan's Newsletter (Beauty. pain. grief. hope. awareness. solitude. time) War Within and Without 1939-1944: Diaries & Journals of Anne Lindbergh     August 13, 2011 Susan's Newsletter ("Lord, Send My […]


Happiness/Grief same time. Beauty that Hasn’t Yet Been Created “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss (June 2009)

June 4, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter The History of Love by Nicole Krauss Being “happy” and “sad” at the same time. Creations, Compositions, Paintings that will bring awe in the future…who we will be in the future. Good morning!  It's the perfect chill for the coffee to taste even better this morning!  If you could see […]


Simplicity. Beauty in details. The Way of the Small by Michael Gellert (May 2009)

May 28, 2009 Newsletter The Way of the Small by Michael Gellert Simplicity.  Beauty in details. Good morning!  It's taking me quite a few trips to the refrigerator & coffeemaker this morning to get this letter finished!!!!  If you aren't in Nebraska this week you're missing out!  The corn is just popping up – a new […]


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On Thursdays I try to send an e-mail where I write about what I am personally reading in my own life that week. I try to add a Latin phrase relating to the topic of my reading. You can see past notes under archives on my home page, listing these writings by topic. I write to help process life, I write so that we can all have the opportunity to read what will help us find beauty in life. Beauty in details. Realizing how much we have regardless of what pains we may have. I would love to add you to my list of who gets the notes on Thursdays! Susan



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