Giving entire life to others “Babette’s Feast” was gift to self. Being a great “artist”. “Ah, how you will enchant the angels!” by Isak Dinesen (August 2017)

Susan’s Thursday morning note August 31, 2017 Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard by Isak Dinesen Babette’s Feast – Woman spent entire life as an “artist” being a great chef for others.  Giving to herself.  “Ah, how you will enchant the angels!” Good morning! Silence as the sun wearing light orange pajamas begins to show her […]


Woman relating herself to different times of her life..herself as young girl and young woman. (Aug. 2014)

Susan’s Thursday Note August 7, 2014 A New England Childhood by Lucy Larcom – description of a woman relating herself to her younger selves with who she is now Good morning!   Absolute stillness.  Birds don’t even seem to want to make their appearance this morning.  Again, though, our angel of dawn has arrived.  Handing us […]


Character of a Woman. “Uncommon Beauty: 7 Qualities of a Beautiful Woman” by Cynthia Heald (Sept. 2010)

September 30, 2010 Susan’s Newsletter Uncommon Beauty: 7 Qualities of a Beautiful Woman by Cynthia Heald   Good morning!  If you're not in Nebraska this morning, you actually are missing out.  The colors are why we love harvest…the gold right now outside with the long shadows…can't beat this kind of morning no matter what I […]


Beautiful woman behind the scenes “In this House of Brede” by Rumer Godden (Apr. 2009)

April 16, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter – In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden (Prayer, Striving to see good in all of life, Looking heavenward) Grace: Quotes and Passages for Heart, Mind and Soul by B.C. Aronson   Good morning!   I'm trying to get this note off to you & also get the new items […]


Reflections at the age of 40 on growth in 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 […]


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 […]


Aging “Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age and Other Unexpected Adventures” by Reeve Lindbergh (Nov. 2008)

Susan’s Newsletter November 13, 2008 Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age and Other Unexpected Adventures by Reeve Lindbergh   Good morning!  Here I go again with too much underlined that I want you to think about, but not wanting to overwhelm you.  Ugh!  Do you realize the tremendous pressure that puts on me before I […]


Woman Sighing Poem (grin) “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach (May 2010)

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach   Susan's Newsletter May 13, 2010 (Humerous poem of a woman sighing) May 13, 2010 Newsletter: Good morning!  Do we dare hope to see some sunshine today!??!?!  It's amazing what I was able to accomplish in the lightening flashes this week in the […]


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?  […]


Character Quotes. Being the person others think that you are. (April 2009)

April 9, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Quotations on Character (Self-Respect, Reputation, Integrity, Inner/Out Being the same) Good morning!  Have you given yourself the luxury of your favorite drink this morning??!?!  With extra filler if it's coffee!??!?!  I saw three little robins yesterday hauling around little sticks – that is the perfect filler for my coffee!  That sight […]


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 […]


Being Yourself “Just Who Will You Be” by Maria Shriver (Aug. 2008)

August 14, 2008 Susan's Newsletter Being yourself (Maria Shriver) Good morning!!  I am hoping this week that you are reading this from right here in Midwest Nebraska – for it seems almost like fall.  Absolutely beautiful – the mornings & evenings.  I love to know that God created the changes in our weather not only […]


Children’s thoughts on aging. Oldest woman alive knowing Susan as a child. (Ted Kooser, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Lindbergh) Misc. newsletters from Susan

  “You, see, Ann, Grandma is getting “real.” That’s all.” (referring to The Velveteen Rabbit)… I was left to consider for the first time that growing old could be a wondrous passage. The markings of it didn’t matter, except to those who didn’t understand. What mattered was becoming “real.” What mattered was loving and being […]


Lady vs. Woman – Journals of Anne Lindbergh and Proverbs 31. (Mar. 2009)

March 12, 2009 Susan’s Newsletter “Lady” vs. “Woman” The Flower and the Nettle.  Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1936-1939.  Proverbs 31. Good morning!  Are you just resigned to the fact that you have absolutely no idea what to expect with the weather today, and you'll just grit your teeth & endure the cold, or […]


Living Fully as an Older Woman “Warning: When I am Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” by Jenny Joseph (April 2009)

April 23, 2009 Susan's Newsletter Warning:  When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Jenny Joseph Good morning!!  SPRING has come!  Our windows are already cracked, the birds singing (not in tune for some reason this morning), the cats already on the hunt, the perfect coffee/filler combination – our dream morning from […]


Life “is a play we are playing all the time. Play in earnest.” “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott (Dec. 2007)

December 13, 2007 Newsletter Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Life “is a play we are playing all the time…play in earnest…” Good morning!  What a beautiful morning to write my note to you – with all the snow on our back porch – beautiful!  The only thing missing in the scene is dense forest, […]


Desire for solitude. Creativity. Prayer. “Firstlight” by Sue Monk Kidd (Aug. 2008)

August 21, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter Firstlight by Sue Monk Kidd.  Desire for solitude, creativity, prayer. Oh, my goodness – can you believe how beautiful this week has been?  The breezes at night – is there anything that beats a cool breeze at night?!?!?   Even my coffee tastes better when the weather changes to cool – […]


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