Love of reading and books. “I Opened a Book” by Julia Donaldson (Oct 2014)

  Susan’s Thursday Note 10/9/14 Quotes & Poetry on Books & Reading   Good morning!  Coffee.  Spiderman leaving time after time down the hall with lunchbox.  Lazy cats.  Messy corners.  Stacks of books waiting patiently to be entered.  Home.  Sweet sweet word.  This week I read a poem on the sweetness of entering other worlds […]


Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Essay on Choosing Great Books (Nov. 2013)

  Susan’s Thursday Note November 21, 2013 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes and Essay on Choosing Great Books   Good morning!  Howling winds.  Great filler with a little coffee added.  Silence.  Time to write out for you a short reading this week that has replayed in my thoughts and has been read aloud to anyone in […]


Book Talking to Owner from Confinement on Shelf (I LOVE this one!) “A Book” poem by Edgar Guest (Aug. 2011)

Susan's Newsletter August 28, 2011    The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer    "A Book" poem by Edgar Guest (I LOVE this one!) Good morning!!!  What a perfect morning!  60 degrees, windows open, cats and babies asleep (dare I jinx that?!?!)  Did I mention annoying flies?  Might as well bring in that reality, too!  I […]


Children’s Poetry “Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, Lullabies” (Dec 2009)

Susan's Newsletter December 10, 2009 Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies   Stu's first words in the dark this morning, "It's going to be a brutal morning."  How was I to know he was then going to move his head a little to the left  just as I shot off a carefully aimed strong squirt of water across […]


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 […]


“Learning to Read” poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (Dec. 2010)

Susan's Newsletter December 2, 2010 Learning to Read poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (civil rights leader 1854) Good morning!  With the stillness of this morning it's easy to repress the memory of days of harsh winds this week.  The weeks of winter you're glad you weren't a settler…seems nothing is as soul-breaking as a […]


Love of Books & Book Quotes “The Master Violin” by Myrtle Reed (Jan. 2011)

January 20, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter The Master Violin by Myrtle Reed   Good morning!!!  I thought we were buried last week, but here we go again!!  Just remember – all warm drinks taste significantly better when the ground is covered with snow…so that is one reason why once in awhile we need the white blanket!  […]


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 […]


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 […]


Book Quotes from “Book Notes: A Reader’s Journal” (April 2009)

April 2, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Book Quotes    Book Notes:  A Reader’s Journal by Julia Hecomovich Finding beauty in life even in horrible circumstances.    An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum (died in concentration camps)   Hi all of you!  Even the coffee doesn't seem to be working this morning, but noticing […]


Excerpt from Susan’s Newsletters on loving books (2006-2012)

Various writings from Susan's Thursday Newsletters on books, or specifically on loving books.   January 11, 2007 Newsletter Last night I read the following anthology of the love of books: In reading a book which is an old favorite with me (say the first novel I ever read) I not only have the pleasure of […]


Importance of the written word. “A Book Lover’s Companion” by The Folio Society (May 2008)

May 8, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter A Book Lover’s Companion published by The Folio Society in London Importance on the written word. Good morning!  The last week has been spent going through different book lists from authors I admire and lists I respect so we can expand our book section at the store.  I have been […]


Bibliophilia & Bibliomania – The love of books vs. the excessive-compulsive disorder hoarding books (May 2008)

May 29, 2008 Newsletter   Booknotes Journal 2004 section on “Biliophilia and Biliomania” Good morning!  I think I should write on the blues of no sunshine for weeks and rain rain everywhere, but I'll stick with my original plan instead!  Goodness, this weather is crazy!  If there are news reports of kids in Nebraska losing […]


Quotes on Books – “Book Notes Journal” (May 2008)

May 1, 2008 Newsletter Quotes from Book Notes Journal published by London's The Folio Society, 2004. Happy Spring!!!  I am typing with dried morel mushrooms in glass jars beside me.  They are so ugly they are beautiful!!  The moon is so tiny this morning that there isn't much light coming in the window, but the […]


Susan’s writing on her personal reading. “Why I read. How I choose what I read. How I find time to read.” (Feb. 2008)

February 28, 2008 Newsletter Susan's Writing on "How I choose what to read" and "How I find time to read" The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett – moving from intense grief into next "movement of our song" – next part of life story I highly encourage you all to try to read to the end […]


Book affects on our lives “Library at Night” by Alberto Manguel – (Jan. 2008)

January 5, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel Good morning out there! (I'll type that out of habit, hoping that those of you affected by the storms don't throw my note out with such a greeting!)  I was too tired last night to even hold a slight vigil in watching the […]


Develop a Love for Classics “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy (June 2007)

June 7, 2007 Newsletter from Susan Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy Developing a love for the classics. Good morning!  My sliding door is open & the weather is absolutely crisp – perfect for my coffee and my thoughts to develop!!!  Now that I've set that scene, let me tell you the view…..our 50 year old […]


Love of Reading “White Autumn” Poem of Woman’s Life Around a Simple Reading Lamp (Sept. 2008)

September 25, 2008 Newsletter Love for reading – the seasons of a woman's entire life as she read in the evenings – observed by the lamp in her room. Hi all of you!  Finally we can officially say we've made it to the first week of fall!  The soybean fields are red this week – […]


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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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