Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Helen Keller’s encouragement to use our senses. Star Quotes. (September 2017)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 28, 2017 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Helen Keller’s encouragement to use our senses.  Star Quotes.   Good morning!  Morning sunlight shines behind my angel as she is peering through curtains this morning.  She has a little rescued shivering frog on her shoulder along with a smile to help me […]

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Child’s VIew of of siblings buried by William Wordsworth (1798)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 22,  2017 Child’s view of siblings buried by William Wordsworth (1798) Good morning! Complete stillness excepting a little spider thinking I wouldn’t notice him that just met his demise. Silence uninterrupted except by purring. My angel of dawn seemingly a character set in a mystery scene this morning. The sun […]

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Changes. Letting go. Finding who we are. Regrets. Children growing & leaving home. (Gift of Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison) (Sept. 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note September 22, 2016 Changes.  Letting go.  Finding who we are. Regrets.  Children growing & leaving home. Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison Good morning!  The only sounds I hear are silence and clicking of keys and crickets.  Stars still shining.  Relativity of time.  If I could somehow hold the […]


Child’s view of God poetry. Quotes on God being found in nature. (June 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note June 2, 2016 Child’s view of God poetry.  Quotes on God being found in nature. Good morning! Few mornings in life I would not trade with those walking the beach or canoeing in the north. Complete stillness and silence with my angel of dawn handing me the gift of a few […]


Greatest Treasures in Life (each other) White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich (August 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Note August 4, 2016 Greatest Treasures in Life (each other) White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich Good morning!  Long shadows designing my yard this morning.  The dark outline of my little bird sits on the lower branch moving gracefully every few minutes.  What does my little bird think when she looks into […]


Little ones wanting to be grown. Grown-ups desiring youth. One-Year-Old Poem by Hugo (April 2016)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note April 21, 2016 Little ones wanting to be grown.  Grown-ups desiring youth.  Victor Hugo poem one-year-old poem. Good morning.  Little worms wishing they weren’t born as worms as they are lifted with ease to their demise.  Robins dancing in their feast after the rains.  Twigs being dragged across the sidewalk by […]


Children being our living poems – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (May 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note May 28, 2015 Poem on children being our living poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Good morning!  Strong coffee needed this morning.  Little fly joining me pacing up and down the windowpane trying to see what I’m writing.  Fat cat with memories of the night I can only imagine he experienced tormenting […]


Christmas. Bess Streeter Aldrich. Keeping beauty in perspective regardless of present circumstances. (Dec. 2014)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note December 18, 2014 Bess Streeter Aldrich “The Drum Goes Dead”  Keeping beauty in perspective regardless of present circumstances Good morning!  Awakening to a covering of snow.  Silence and light snow.  Coffee.  The gift of a new morning again gently handed to me from my angel of dawn.  I can’t help but add […]


Poems on raising children, singing to children, letting children leave home (March 2014)

Susan’s Thursday Note March 13, 2014 Poetry on raising children, singing to children, letting kids leave home Good morning!  Perfect cup of filler with a little coffee added in.  The man in the yellow hat…in my background.  Glasses so smeared from banana fingers 10 minutes ago I can hardly see my print…the angel of dawn […]

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Thoughts on understanding children. “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries…” by Erma Bombeck (June 2012)

Susan's Newsletter June 28, 2012 Parenting and pessimism humor by Erma Bombeck Good morning!  Perfect filler with a little coffee inside, flowers still at the part of their day where they are happy outside the window, living room already destroyed by the V5 young tornado that is now spinning on two feet around the living room, […]


Thoughts for each other during the day. “Telepathy” poem by Michael Dennis Browne. (Jan. 2010)

  January 27, 2010 Susan’s Newsletter Telepathy poem by Michael Dennis Browne Thoughts for each other throughout day…maybe even those in heaven seeing us?   Good morning!  The coffee/filler combination is perfect in my favorite mug, the wind isn't blowing & the sun is supposed to come out today…..does that mean spring is in sight?!?!? […]


Mother’s Impact on Son. “That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character” by Rick Johnson (Sept. 2010)

September 23, 2010 Susan's Newsletter That's My Son: How Moms can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character by Rick Johnson Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd (Mother/Daughter Relationships) Things That Go Bump in the Night by Dr. Paul Warren […]


Love of mother for her children. Death of young child. Thoughts on heaven. Anniversary of death of loved ones. “Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss (Mar. 2008)

Susan’s Newsletter March 8, 2008  Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss     Love of her children.  Anniversary of death of loved one.  Death of her child.  Thoughts on heaven. Good morning!!!  We made it to March…I saw birds that are crazy to be heading south – heading south!  I still haven't heard too many singing for […]


Daughter graduating. “High School Senior” poem from Mother’s perspective by Sharon Olds from “She Walks In Beauty” poetry compiled by Caroline Kennedy. (Apr. 2011)

April 28, 2011 Susan’s Newsletter She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selections by Caroline Kennedy      High School Senior by Sharon Olds   Good morning (almost afternoon!)!   FINALLY our first tulip opened this morning…for two days we can live the elusive idea of spring until it's cold again!   This week I received […]



Conversation between mother and child. “That’s all relative!” “Maggie Now Betty Smith (March 2012)

March 1, 2012 Susan's Newsletter Maggie-Now by Betty Smith "That's all relative" conversation between a mother & young child   Good morning!!  March.  Tulips.  (I spend a lot of time imagining!)  Baby on floor in yellow with fat chubby feet sticking out.  Cat pushing on my papers trying to distract me.  Coffee filler with just the right […]


“The Arms of a Child” poem by Mary Zachmeyer (love this!) – (Jan. 2008)

January 31, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter The Arms of a Child poem by Mary Zachmeyer (LOVE THIS!!) Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst – pain of loss because we love (all through life – the reality of loss) Appreciating children & family Good morning!  It is just almost too cold out to try to show maturity and […]


“That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys…” by Rick Johnson and excerpt of children’s fear of dark (Sept. 2010)

September 23, 2010 Susan's Newsletter That's My Son: How Moms can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character by Rick Johnson Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd (Mother/Daughter Relationships) Things That Go Bump in the Night by Dr. Paul Warren […]


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 […]


Quotes on Children – Appreciation of Life & Christmas (Dec 2011)

December 15, 2011 Susan's Newsletter Christmas (perspective) Children's Quotes on Love & Appreciation for Life Good morning!   Pink sky, Christmas coffee with extra filler, cat purring, baby bouncing, child sleeping, the beginning of a beautiful gift of a new day.  As Eleanor Roosevelt quoted, "Yesterday is memory, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, […]


Raising Children “Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood…” by MaryBeth Hicks (May 2009)

May 14, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid's Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World  by MaryBeth Hicks (Geeks: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids)   Good morning!!!!  After cursing the winds of Nebraska last night this morning is completely still and breathtaking…the only disconcerting part of my morning is the mole (I'm going […]


“The Children’s Hour” poem by Longfellow. Playing with children during long afternoon hours (June 2010)

June 3, 2010 Newsletter "The Children's Hour" poem by Longfellow – playing with children during long afternoon hours Good morning!!!  What a beautiful morning to write for you!  The crisp air makes the coffee that much better!  The cats are in to sleep for the day, the house already looks "lived in" and we already […]


Letting Children Develop Their Own Loves, Desires – Letting Them Go “The Little Virtues” by Natalia Ginzburt (Jan. 2008)

January 19, 2008 Newsletter The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburt Arrow Analogy in a Letter from missionary Jim Elliot to his son Helping children find their own passions and loves in life without our influences.  Letting go. Good morning!!!  No coffee, but the sun is supposed to shine today.  Does that count for a stimulus?!?!??!  […]


Creation. Butterfly & Child (July 2006) Nature helping fight sadness. “Achieving Peace of Heart” by Rev. Irala. (Apr. 2008)

July 27, 2006 Susan’s Newsletter Butterflies and Child Good morning all of you out there!  I wish you could see what I'm watching out in my backyard this morning.  About five minutes ago a little 5-year old whosit named Camden stumbled by in his Spiderman PJ shirt, his Cars movie PJ pants, and big cloggy […]


Leaving children small notes for their future comfort. Question of God’s involvement in crisis. (Sept. 2006)

September 28, 2006 Newsletter Question of “Where is God?” when we experience death & trauma in our lives. Importance of leaving children handwritten notes. Good morning!  I would like to thank all of you for your e-mails and phone calls for your prayers for my uncle this week.  I’m sorry that I haven’t had a […]


Little hands of our children…”playing on the vibrant harp-strings of my heart” “Baby Fingers” poem. (Aug. 2009)

August 27, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Baby Fingers Poem by Lillenas. Little hands of our children…"playing on the vibrant harp-strings of my heart" Good morning!!  I'm out of coffee and out of filler…how's that for a start!??!?!  Stu suggests Moroccan Mint Tea – says that's full of caffeine…I'm skeptical!  I can see Camden sleeping as I […]


Various writings on children from Susan’s newsletters

The Flower and the Nettle (1936-1939 with young children) and War Within and Without (1939-1944) by Anne Lindberg January 24, 2008 Newsletter Then she write on another evening – what it all comes down to (like the cathedrals – we don't see the results)… I love this line!!! Around the house with a lantern to […]


Children’s thoughts on aging. Oldest woman alive knowing Susan as a child. (Ted Kooser, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Lindbergh) Misc. newsletters from Susan

  “You, see, Ann, Grandma is getting “real.” That’s all.” (referring to The Velveteen Rabbit)… I was left to consider for the first time that growing old could be a wondrous passage. The markings of it didn’t matter, except to those who didn’t understand. What mattered was becoming “real.” What mattered was loving and being […]


Heaven – Mother meets her child in heaven that had died (Eugene Field) & “Just in Case You Ever Wonder” by Max Lucado (Dec. 2009)

December 31, 2009 Newsletter Heaven Eugene Field's short story of young child meeting mother in heaven Max Lucado – Just In Case You Ever Wonder (on telling a child about heaven) Good morning!!!  Beautiful snow blanket, psychotic cats staring at me with cabin fever, and a perfect cup of coffee with extra filler…..all working together to […]


Poem on mother letting go of season of daughter being young girl. Daughter’s change into young woman. “The Blossom” by Eayan Boland (Dec. 2008)

December 4, 2008 Newsletter Niels Lyhne by Jens Jacobsen.   In my last newsletter I told you about Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.  In this book Rilke wrote to his young poet, "Get the little volume of Six Stories by J.P. Jacobsen & his novel Niels Lyhne…a whole world will envelop you, the happiness, the abundance, […]


Poems from Susan’s Childhood (Jan. 2008)

January 3, 2008 Newsletter Poetry from Susan’s childhood   Good morning! I am having a hard time not just heading right over to the warm couch with Camden!  I was reading two different books of poetry this week that were referred to often in Anne Lindbergh's journals.  They are both way "over my head" – […]


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