Quotes on Self-Respect. Knowing yourself. Handling criticism, Trusting yourself “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan. (October 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note October 29, 2015 Knowing yourself, trusting yourself, encouraging yourself, handling criticism. Good morning!!  Absolute darkness and stillness until I look up and focus my eyes into the darkness.  Bright stars beside the full bright moon giving us their beauty and encouraging us to awaken.  Guiding our minds to start the day […]


Elderly friend who loved us as a child dying. Passage of time. “Local Wonders by Ted Kooser” (May 2013 & Mar 2007)

Local Wonders by Ted Kooser Susan’s Thursday Note May 16, 2013 followed by note from March 2007. Elderly friend dying who loved us as a child.  Passage of time.    Good morning!  Calm.  Quiet.  The perfect few moments before life enters the day.  How I love this daily gift from the angel of dawn.  Stillness.  Reflection.  […]


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 […]


“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 […]


Friendships. Vulnerability in Relationships. “Braveheart” by Sharon Hersh (May 2008)

Susan’s Thursday Note Newsletter May 15, 2008 Friendships (Vulnerability in Relationships) Braveheart: Unlocking the Courage to Love with Abandon by Sharon Hersch References to Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner and Reaching Out by Henry Nouwen Good morning!  No moonlight, but I can see the sky changing – only a matter of minutes until “Aurora” comes.  […]


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 […]


Helping Others Secretly. Giving to find meaning. “Doctor Hudson’s Spiritual Journal” by Lloyd Douglas (March 2010)

March 4, 2010 Susan's Newsletter Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal by Lloyd Douglas (secretly giving gifts throughout life) Good morning!  We made it to March and yesterday the sun decided to show that it truly exists.  What more can we ask!? (grin)  With my perfect cup of coffee and the forecast of 50 degree weather my […]


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 […]


Humor on Relationships (grin) (July 2007)

July 26, 2007 Newsletter The Living Reed by Pearl Buck This is a conversation some men were having regarding Chinese women coming out of their homes.  They were discussing that those women ruled their men, not staying in their homes where "they belonged." This is the then the funny story told… …his father told him the […]


Importance of Relationships (even though pain comes at the end of all relationships)…not just existing. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (June 2009)

June 11, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery Importance of Relationships (even though pain comes at the end of all relationships)…not just existing.   Good morning!  Is it gloomy out or cozy?  I'll go with cozy.  Coffee tastes better in a cozy environment than a gloomy one!  The alternative isn't worth […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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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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