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 […]


Lifetime Learning “Niels Lyhne” by Jens Jacobsen and Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet” (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, […]


Why Read & Learn? Cultivating the Intellect “Hubbard’s Book of Initiative” (Aug. 2009)

August 6, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Elbert's Book of Initiative by Elbert Hubbard (Why Read & Learn?  Cultivating the Intellect) Chez Moi by Desarthe, Agnes.  (Time moving on, healing) Good morning!  Dare I admit my coffee filler has rebelled this morning & the entire counter is a deep, dark muck?  Amazing how enough filler can transform what I […]


Importance of Learning. Misc. Excerpts from Susan’s Newsletters

Dec. 4, 2008 Newsletter by Rilke: On Lifetime Learning (Still another character's thoughts in Niels Lyhne): To learn is as beautiful as to live.  Do not be afraid to lose yourself in minds greater than your own!  Do not sit brooding anxiously over your own individuality or shut yourself out from influences that draw you powerfully […]


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 […]


Letters of Florence Nightingale – Her desire for intellectual growth (July 2010)

July 1, 2010 Newsletter Ever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters Desire for Learning Good morning!  July….where in the world did the first half of this year go?!?!?  I have a journal that begins with this line every few inches down, "It's been 7 months since I've written…" – does life just fly by like this?  […]


Change, Accepting & Growing…Susan’s Analogy to Simmering Pot of Soup (Aug. 2007)

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust August 30, 2007 Newsletter (Circumstances changing us…Relationship analogy to pot of soup) September 6, 2007 Newsletter (Prayer)   Hi everybody!  I've already downed two cups of coffee with an absolutely perfect filler/coffee combination, so think I can organize what I'd like to write for you and […]


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 […]


Vision of discussion on distraction with Plato and Aurelius. “The Undistracted” by Irwin Edman. (Apr. 2007)

April 26, 2007 Newsletter The Undistracted by Irwin Edman.  (Author having a vision of discussion with Plato and Marcus Aurelius) Good morning – it's not pouring rain and I can hear some birds, therefore I can appropriately greet you with those words!  I'm picturing a scene from June 1, 2000 with Stu and I nearing […]


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" – […]


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 […]


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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