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 […]


Description by John Steinbeck on “ma” and poem on Mother Nature in spring. (May 2014)

  Susan’s Thursday Note May 8, 2014 Mother’s Day – John Steinbeck description of “Ma” Mother Nature accepting help from flowers to “get dressed for spring” Good morning!  Coffee in my favorite mug,  sun rays revealing my household dusting neglect, my outside view transformed from a few days ago with greens and color.  Perfect scenario […]


A Mother’s Song by Hester Suthers. Poem to unborn child on beauty of life even amidst pain. (June 2013)

  Susan’s Thursday Note June 6, 2013 A Mother’s Song by Hester Suthers Poem to unborn child on life being worthy of being born.   Good morning!  I was reading letters by Robert Lewis Stevenson this week and he stated to his mother that he believed there was another sense we don’t mention.  The sense […]


Missing mother’s love as an adult woman. “Rock Me to Sleep” poem by Elizabeth Akers Allen (May 2013)

Susan’s Note May 9, 2013 Poem by Elizabeth Akers Allen “Rock Me To Sleep” Desire for mother’s love as an adult woman. Good morning!  What a PERFECT morning.  So still.  No little train engineers awake yet.  Extra filler with a little coffee added in.  Birds incredibly out of tune, making me feel even more as if all is […]


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 […]


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 […]


Motherhood. Thoughts after being thought of as “narrow” because a mother. “A 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 […]


Mother’s Time with Child & Quotes on Children (March 2011)

March 3, 2011 Susan's Newsletter Thoughts That Inspire, Vol. 2 by George Knox (sorry, this is now out of print) Poem on mother's time with her child Quotes on children Good morning!  We've made it to March…known as "the cruelest month" – why did I have to read that the first day of the month?!?!?  […]


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 […]


Being Yourself. Rope Analogy. Especially as a Mother. Wife. Creator. Thoughts of Anne Lindbergh (Jan. 2008)

January 24, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Journals of Anne Lindbergh.  Being yourself with various roles (mother, wife…) Good morning!  I almost want to just tell you all that this cold weather has frozen up my brain and I can’t come up with coherent thoughts for you!  But, alas, the hot drink chosen this morning was lemon […]


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, […]


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 […]


Mothers. Entering Scenes of Past with Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother by Bess Streeter Aldrich (May 11, 2017)

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 11, 2017 The Collected Short Works 1920-1954 by Louisa May Alcott Mother in a dream playing with her grandmother & great-grandmother, all aged 8.     Good morning! Beautiful green Nebraska scene. Verdi Prati (green meadows in Latin). Bird songs so different than their balking yesterday morning after their night […]


Mothers “Invisible Women” – Analogy of working with children to building a cathedral. Lifetime investment of time. (Sept. 2007)

September 27, 2007 Susan's Newsletter Invisible Women (Analogy of working with children to building of a cathedral.  Lifetime effort where we may not see results) Investing time in the lives of children. Good morning!  I received a writing this week that I printed to keep with significant readings.  The title is Invisible Women with no […]


Mothers with daughters entering Adulthood “Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story” by Sue Monk Kidd (Sept. 2010)

September 23, 2010 Susan's Newsletter Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd      Mother/Daughter Relationships.      Changing of relationship when daughter becomes a young woman and mother enters menopause. That's My Son: How Moms can Influence Boys to Become Men of […]


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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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