Home full of “knick knack” treasures misunderstood by others to be junk. (October 2017)

  Susan’s Thursday Morning Note October 12, 2017 Home full of “knick knack” treasures misunderstood by others to be junk.    Good morning!  The quiet of fall.  The still sun piercing the window.  Dust on my treasures.  I look around at what others may call my “knick knacks.”  My memories with each one.   A scene […]

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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Christmas” by Vladimir Navokov (1925) Miracle moment after death of a small child at Christmas. (December 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note December 17, 2015 Christmas” by Vladimir Navokov (1925) Miracle moment after death of a small child at Christmas. Good morning!  Beautiful silence.  Our Christmas angel of dawn has arrived with the gift of a new morning.  A day ahead of us that we have the privilege of entering.  A day to […]

Pain from death of our mothers. Letters from Motherless Daughters edited by Hope Edelman (June 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Note June 18, 2015 Selections from “Letters from Motherless Daughters” Edited by Hope Edelman Good morning!  Pouring rain.  Darkness mixed with morning light depending on which window I choose to look out.  Cat demanding attention at the keyboard.   Books surrounding me, each vying for my attention.  I’d like to write out a poem […]

Mourning compared to phases of moon. Poem by Robert Lavery in “Love Lost: Love Found.” (October 2007)

Susan’s Thursday Note October 4, 2007 Love Lost: Love Found 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 […]

Finding beauty during times of grief. Description of comfort in graveyard. Sept. 2013

Susan’s Thursday Note September 4, 2013  Finding beauty during times of grief.  Description of comfort in a graveyard.  China Court by Rumer Godden Good morning. Stillness. Stars. Perfect filler with a little coffee added in. Thoughts from dreams through the night of other worlds (as Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem…you never can get back by day […]

Finding beauty and God in life even in horrible circumstances. Journals of Etty Hillesum. Concentration Camp Victim. (Apr. 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 the […]

Moving from intense grief into next “movement of our song” – next part of life story. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Burnett (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 […]

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 […]

Comfort in Grief – “Streams in the Desert” (June 2006)

July 16 2009 Susan's Newsletter (Can't Pray or Too Tired to Pray) June 18, 2009 Susan's Newsletter (Faith defined and Peace from God during Grief) July 1, 2006 Susan’s Newsletter (Comfort…written on 5th anniversary of my father's death in an accident)  November 2, 2006 Newsletter (Running with Patience – Moving On)     July 16 […]

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 […]

Solitude in Finding Balance (in Roles as a Woman) “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Lindbergh (June 2007)

June 21, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter Gift From the Sea by Anne Lindbergh   Good morning friends!  I've got two cups of coffee in my system, yet my arms still feel like lead & my fingers are stiff.  What's the deal with that!??!?!?!  But, I am awake enough to "talk" to you – it takes a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep on Playing–A Music Analogy with Life “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans (Nov. 2006)

Click here for information on ordering The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans Susan's Newsletter November 20, 2006 Music Analogy to life Good morning!  I almost had a slight panic when I went in the kitchen – I was out of coffee.  Since there was no caffeine […]

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 […]

Giving God our burdens. “Lean Hard” poem. (Nov. 2007)

November 8, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter “Lean Hard” poem (Giving God our burdens) Good morning!  The air and fallen dry leaves outside this morning make me desire solitude.  Walking on a path in the North Woods where all you hear are leaves snapping as you step on them.  The silence of the woods in the late […]

Great is Thy Faithfulness Hymn with Mercy Quotes (July 2010)

July 8, 2010 Susan’s Newsletter Great is Thy Faithfulness…Morning by Morning…new mercies I see!    Good morning!  Windows are open, coffee is perfect, cats are settling in to sleep for the day…time to think for all of us!  I saw a verse this morning that is from a favorite hymn of mine…one of the three that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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