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 […]

Anniversary of Mother’s Death. “It’s Okay.” Poem to Unborn Child. Beauty despite hurts. (Jan. 2017)

January 19, 2017 Susan’s Newsletter Anniversary of my mom dying.  Beauty of life despite hurts.  Poem to an unborn child.  “It’s Ok.” For the first time in eleven years of writing this note I am sending a “good evening” note.  I wanted to write this morning, but couldn’t type without distraction, and yet the thoughts […]

Death of oldest settler in a rural community. White Bird Flying. (Nov 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note November 12, 2015 Death of oldest settler in a community from Bess Streeter Aldrich’s  A White Bird Flying. (This note is long, but I don’t know what else to cut out to get the emotion across.  This is on the moments of death of the oldest settler in a rural community […]

Thoughts on the soul and eternal perspective when suffering (November 2013)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note November 7, 2013 Thoughts on the soul and eternal perspective. Good morning.  Quiet.  Filler in a little bit of coffee.  Fall.  A different silence seems to enter the scene as the angel of dawn hands this day.  A silence in the birds.  The trees.  All so quiet.  This week I had […]

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 […]

Little moments we remember after someone we love dies. A Woman’s Journey Through Poems compiled by Caroline Kennedy. “Clearances” by Seamus Heaney. (10/2012)

October 18, 2012 Susan's Newsletter      Little moments we remember after someone we love dies.      From "Clearances," In Memoriam M.K. H., (1911-1984) by Seamus Heaney She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems: Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy. Good morning!!  No stillness this morning.  Incessant winds.  Howling.  But, viewing inside, perfect filler with coffee mixed […]

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 […]

Settling in Nebraska. “No Time on My Hands” by Grace Snyder (April 2017)

Susan’s Newsletter April 20, 2017 No Time on My Hands by Grace Snyder Detailed memories of settling in Nebraska by famous quilter Good morning!  The sun wore yellow pajamas last night.  Light yellow pajamas matching our pastel Easter egg.  Words echoing in my mind from Easter, “Did the grass sing?  Did the Earth rejoice to […]

Death of infant at birth. Discussion of death with husband. Grief. “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 […]

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 […]

Memories – The Master’s Violin by Myrtle Reed (Jan. & Feb. 2011)

January 13, 2011 Susan's Newsletter followed by February 17, 2011 Newsletter on memories 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 […]

Accepting Pain & Hardship – Love of Graveyards by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Apr 2010)

Click here for ordering information of Collected Short Works of Bess Streeter Aldrich 1920-1954. April 8, 2010 Susan's Newsletter (Love of Graveyards)   Good morning!!!  Or, do we not say “good” when the wind makes us vocalize words we don’t want to admit we’re thinking and the temperatures are freezing again?  Well, good, because of […]

Edna St. Vincent Millay poetry – “Everywhere I look you are – but you’re nowhere…” poem on death of her loved one. (Mar. 2009)

March 26, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter Edna St. Vincent Millay poetry – “Everywhere I look you are, but you’re nowhere…”         Poem on death of her loved one. Good morning!   For those of you that are used to my "beep" that I'm done at 7:30 in the morning – hmmmmmmmmm…what is my excuse?  I had the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Misc. Excerpts from Susan’s Writings (Death. Grief. Sorrow. Depression.)

June 28, 2007 Newsletter – Excerpt from Susan (after reading Anne Lindbergh's journals) Now, go drink your coffee, listen to our birds singing for us, and know – we have to keep feeling, to keep breathing.  If you're in your "Hour of Gold" – ENJOY!  If you're in your "Hour of Lead" – keep breathing.  […]

Choices We Make after Loss “Grace Disguised” by Sittser (Aug. 2009)

Ordering information for Grace Disguised by Sittser August 20, 2009 Susan's Newsletter A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser Grief (death of family members in an auto accident)   Good morning!  I read a book this week called A Grace Disguised by Sittser.  He writes on the choices we make after loss in our lives that […]

Pain of loss because we love. “Necessary Losses” by Judith Viorst (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 […]

Death of who we deeply love. “Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo 1623-1633” (July 2008)

Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 Everyday life of Galileo’s daughter in a convent. (Death, time, peace) July 10, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Good afternoon!  (I’m hoping I don’t have to even change that to good evening eventually – the way this day is going!) This is the first “Good afternoon from Susan” […]

Death of young daughter…who mother became…feeling alive again. “Hannah’s Gift” by Maria Housden (Sept. 2008)

September 18, 2008 Susan's Newsletter Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived  by Maria Housden      Death of little daughter…mother going on with life even with intense pain of loss Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss       Loss of all memories – moving forward with loss with no pain of memories because […]

Mourning compared to phases of the moon. Poem “Shadows in the Light” by Robert Lavery (Oct. 2007)

October 4, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter Love Lost by Robert Lavery Shadows in the Light poem on mourning compared to phases of the moon Mourning life losses: children growing, loss of job, loss of youth, loss of health, death Good morning!  I haven't gotten started very early this morning – Camden already off at school.  But […]

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 – 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 […]

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, […]

Relationships & Death of mothers. (Heaven Reflections on Death of Susan’s Mother) (Jan. 2008)

January 20, 2008 Thoughts on Heaven.  Anniversary of death of Susan's Mother. Things My Mother Told Me – poetry by Maria Gillan             Analogy of Russian Nesting dolls with relationships of mothers, grandmothers, daughters… Just Life by Melanie Wilkinson             Seeing face of your mother when you look in the mirror. Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery […]

Prayers. Misc. writings from Susan’s newsletters

September 14, 2006 Newsletter I would like to share with you a prayer that I read from John Henry Cardinal Newman that I have written out. Dear Lord, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all […]

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 […]

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