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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Psalm 23 Poetry and Translations (September 2017)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note September 1, 2017 Psalm 23 Translations and Poetry   Good morning!  Silence.  Stillness.  A morning dreamed of.  My angel of dawn is barely visible gazing in my window.  She has a crescent moon over her shoulder too tired to be awake for us this morning laying on his back with a […]

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Loveliness Poetry and Quotes (July 2015)

  Susan’s Thursday Note July 30, 2015 Poetry and Quotes on Loveliness Good morning!   Hot coffee reaching my fingers helping me begin to type for you.  If I were a poet I would be able to form a beautiful poem this morning.  Absolute quiet in the trees except for a few little leaves giving clues […]

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Poems from the Middle East (July 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note July 2, 2015 Poems from the Middle East Good morning!  Almost too hot for coffee, but only almost.  Again, my angel of dawn quietly stands at my window.  Looking in..  Asking me to open my door and accept her gift of this beautiful day.  Encouraging me early this morning to look […]

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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 […]


Famous quotes and poetry on flowers (April 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Note April 30, 2015. Poetry and Quotes on Flowers Good morning!  Strong coffee.  Strong sun.  Flowers all closed and damp beginning to wake up this morning.  My angel of dawn has just arrived at my door with her bouquet of tiny flowers.  The spring flowers that last only a few hours in my […]


Poetry by Indian Mystic and Saint Kabir (March 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note March 26, 2015 Poetry by Indian Mystic and Saint Kabir Good morning! Strong coffee making it’s way to my fingertips. My angel of dawn has again arrived at my doorstep this morning. Arrived shivering with the backdrop of little green buds and small blossoms on the trees behind her. Little loud […]

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“Liberty” poem by Paul Eluard dropped over occupied France during WW2 (March 2015)

.  Susan’s Thursday Morning Note written March 19, 2015 “Liberty” Poem by Paul Eluard – poem spread over occupied France during WW2 Good morning! Coffee is taking it’s time reaching the system that it’s responsibility is to kick start. My angel of dawn has arrived at my door. Arrived in stillness. No winds. Love those […]


Looking at ourselves in mirror. Analyzing self. “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” (Sept. 2010)

September 9, 2010   Good  morning!  It seems like so long since I’ve written what I’ve been reading since all the notes to you have been about the used bookstore.  Well, here I am, once again trying to figure out what to include and what to take out of the paragraphs below.  If you could […]


Beautiful poems for springtime. Rain. Heaven. Dreams. Beauty. (April 2014)

  Susan’s Thursday Note April 24, 2014 Poetry on springtime, heaven, dreams, beauty.   Good morning! A dinosaur dancing across the room in one red sock and one white sock because of distracted mother, coffee on my favorite coaster, a daffodil floating in my little vase. Robins so thrilled to be alive after the rain. […]


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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New Year’s Poetry and Quotations (January 2014)

    Susan’s Thursday Note January 9, 2014 New Year’s Poetry & Quotations   Good morning!  So cold.  So still.  Filler in the perfect cup of coffee.  Peaceful moment.  Again, the angel of dawn has handed this gift of today.  This gift of a whole new year.  The chance to put so much into perspective […]


Poems on quiet moments of evening. Middle of night. Early Morning. Beauty in the Quiet. (June 2013)

    Susan’s Thursday Note June 27, 2013 Children’s Poetry Collected by by Caroline Kennedy in A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children Poems on evening/early morning hours Good morning!  How I love this time of the morning.  The stillness.  Stillness after quiet thunder.  The thoughts are always more hopeful than evening thoughts.  […]


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 […]


Hold Fast Your Dreams poem by Louise Driscoll. Dreaming amidst suffering. (May 2013)

  Susan’s Thursday Note May 30, 2013 Lousie Driscoll Poem (written during WW1 on dreaming amidst extreme suffering)   Good morning.  So still to begin the day.  Perfect filler with a little coffee.  Little whosit learning that his mom isn’t where he practices his sword fighting on this early.  The angel of dawn has arrived.  […]


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 […]


Poem on a Beautiful Woman and Tale of Joy/Sorrow by Eleanor Farjeon (January 2013)

Susan's Newsletter January 10, 2013 Eleanor Farjeon Poetry & Tale on Joy/Sorrow   Good morning!  The feeling in the air of a storm coming by for a short visit, stillness of the early morning, perfect filler with a little hot coffee mixed in, silence from the little one's room, the lumpy hump under covers showing […]


Sunshine. Sun. Summer Poems and Quotes (July 2012)

Susan's Newsletter July 26, 2012 Sun, Summer, Sunshine Poems & Quotes   Good morning!!!  Perfect filler with a little coffee added in.  Pretending I'm in an Austrian cafe surrounded by Danishes of my choice.   Destruction all around me from the little live tornado.  Life.  Time.  A gift we've been given again today.  I've found something […]


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?!?!? […]


“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 […]


Mother living on poems “Niels Lyhne” by Jens Jacobsen (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, […]


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 […]


“My Daily Prayer” Poem with various quotes on kindness (Feb. 2011)

Susan's Newsletter February 24, 2011 Prayer by Lillenas on Kindness Quotes on Kindness Good morning!  Coffee tastes great, it's still dark, cats are sulking in the garage, quiet, stillness, perfect for writing.  I love an older prayer on asking God for continual kindness for those in different situations in our lives.  This poem and favorite quotes beneath help […]


Wind Poem “Dear March…” by Emily Dickinson (March 2011)

March 24, 2011 Susan's Newsletter Emily Dickinson Poem on Wind Good morning!  It's the chilling cold that demands a warm cup of perfect coffee.  It's the "curse the weatherman" week (we know it's all his fault).  If we can all burrow for another week, we might all come out of this cold, overcast, heavy darkness […]


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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 – Bad Luck Good Luck Poem (Apr 2008)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Newsletter April 10, 2008 Good coming from bad situations  Good miserable, overcast, gloomy, rainy morning!  If that sun doesn’t pop out soon our morel mushrooms don’t stand a chance.  Rain rain go away, Come again another day! I have been thinking this week about a short Chinese fable I read last year.  […]


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 […]


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 […]


Time. Precious. Beautiful Moments. Taking Time to Appreciate Life in the Present (Apr. 2007)

April 19, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter Time.  Precious.  The moments.  Concentrating on the beauty of  our present day, not living for future or living in the past. (Alexander Yelchaninov) Poem Briefly it Enters Briefly it Speaks by Jane Kenyon Good morning!  I have had two cups of coffee, but only one eye has willingly opened.  Regardless […]


Analysis of Baseball Poem. Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems: Selected & Introduced by Garrison Keillor” (July 2008)

July 17, 2008 Susan's Newsletter Analysis of Baseball Poem (Garrison Keillor's Good Poems: Selected & Introduced by Garrison Keillor) Good morning!  I hope some of you had the same moon as we did last night.  The colors of a "harvest moon" – full and deep auburn – in July.  A quiet, thinking moon.  I wonder […]


Description of a true home. “A Heap O’Living” Poem by Edgar A. Guest (May 2008)

May 22, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter   “A Heap O’Living” poem by Edgar A. Guest (Description of a true home) Good morning out there!  Do we say good morning if it's thundering and lightening?  The "aurora" is just now showing her face, barely on the horizon, with no birds daring enough to get out and sing […]


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, […]


Living life fully regardless of circumstances. Impact of poetry on lives. “The Lesson of the Moth” poem by Don Marquis (July 2008)

July 24, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter The Lesson of the Moth poem by Don Marquis     Life life fully regardless of circumstances.     Impact of poetry on lives.     Good morning!  I can't resist continuing with last week's book, Good Poems, selected by Garrison Keillor.  There were several poems that I wanted to type for […]


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" – […]


If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking…poetry of Emily Dickinson (Aug. 2007)

August 2, 2007 Susan’s Newsletter   If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking…poetry of Emily Dickinson Good morning!  I'll be honest with you – Chip (the hamster if you've forgotten!) has an entirely new perspective on my mornings now that I've gotten kittens.  He has recently had new words at 5:30 in the mornings […]


Poems on Winter. Early Darkness & Cat in the Evening Snow. (Jan. 2009)

January 29, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter Poems on Winter (Darkness Early & Cat in the Evening) Good morning to all of you everywhere!!!  Shall we pretend that spring is coming this weekend since it's going to be so beautiful!??!?!  We are going to have a "Cabin Fever" Open house all weekend at the store – I […]


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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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