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Appreciate Beauty Near Us. Children seeing beauty. Violinist Joshua Bell playing secretly in the Washington D.C. Subway (May 2021)

Joshua Bell, Violinist, Playing in the subways of Washington D.C.  Beautiful music unnoticed.  Children seeing the details. Good morning!  The sun arises through one window wearing bright orange.  Raindrops falling through the opposite window.  A […]

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Vision of discussion on distraction with Plato and Aurelius. “The Undistracted” by Irwin Edman. (March 2020)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 5, 2020 The Undistracted by Irwin Edman.  (Author having a vision of discussion with Plato and Marcus Aurelius) Good morning.  Just enough light to know dawn will soon arrive.  The […]

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Room where thoughts from morning await reentry in the evening. Quotes on soul. “Song of the Lark” by Willa Cather (July 2019)

Susan’s Thursday morning note July 18, 2019 Song of the Lark by Willa Cather Quotes on the soul.  Song of the Lark by Willa Cather “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile […]

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Mothers. Entering Scenes of Past with Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother by Bess Streeter Aldrich (May 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. […]

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Creation “Singing a place back into existence” Love of nature. “The Olive Farm” by Carol Drinkwater (Oct. 2015)

Susan’s Thursday Morning Note October 8, 2015 Australian Aboriginal “Walk-About” and Quotes on Nature Good morning!  It’s a little disconcerting writing this morning as two alert cats are poised staring at the base of the […]

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Diaries and Letters of Anne Lindbergh – Goodbyes. Soul. Strength. Prayer. Grief (July 2008 & Aug 2011)

Susan’s Thursday note August 13, 2011 (Soul Strength) Susan’s Thursday note July 31, 2008 (Saying Good-bye, Prayer) War Within and Without 1939-1944: Diaries & Journals of Anne Lindbergh Good morning!!!   It seems like so long […]

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Anne Lindbergh “War Within and Without: Diaries and Letters 1939-1944” Beauty. pain. grief. hope. awareness. solitude. time…(2008. 2010. 2011)

Susan’s Thursday morning note August 13, 2011  (“Lord, Send My Roots Rain”) followed by July 31, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter (Saying Good-bye. Prayer) followed by May 6, 2010 Susan’s Newsletter (Beauty. Pain. Grief. Hope. Awareness. Solitude. […]

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Coexisting with Unresolved & Embracing Imperfection “Creating a Charmed Life” by Victoria Moran (Mar. 2007 & 2011)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 10, 2011 – Embracing Imperfection in Self and March 29, 2007 – Coexisting Gracefully with the Unresolved Creating a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran God Calling Journal.  By AJ Russell  […]

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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 […]

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Great is Thy Faithfulness Hymn. Quotes on Mercy (July 2010)

Susan’s Thursday morning note July 8, 2010 Great is Thy Faithfulness…Morning by Morning…new mercies I see!  Good morning!  Windows are open, coffee is perfect, cats are settling in to sleep for the day…time to think […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note July 1, 2010  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 […]

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“The Children’s Hour” poem by Longfellow. Playing with children during long afternoon hours (June 2010)

Susan’s Thursday morning note June 3, 2010  “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 […]

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God’s Involvement in Caring for Us. “Jesus Calling” Devotional by Sarah Young (Mar. 2010)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 11, 2010  Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young   Good morning!   I can finally see the ground this morning!  The first Thursday to state there is dirt…not only […]

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Time Passing so Quickly “Lantern in Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Dec. 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note December 17, 2009  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 […]

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Setting goals through Discipline. Perseverance. Ideals. “Self-Help” by Samuel Smiles – written in 1866 (Sept. 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 10, 2009  Self-Help by Samuel Smiles (Setting goals through discipline, perseverance, ideals) Good morning!  Strong coffee…not enough sleep…all mixed together to bring you something to think about this week!  Let’s […]

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Little hands of our children…”playing on the vibrant harp-strings of my heart” “Baby Fingers” poem. (Aug. 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note August 27, 2009  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 […]

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Faith. Trusting God for what we don’t understand & what we desire. “Streams in the Desert” (June 2009)

Susan’s Thursday note June 18, 2009  Faith.  Trusting God for what we do not understand and what we desire. Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman Good morning!!!  Is it possible that summer & sunshine & […]

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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)

Susan’s Thursday morning note June 11, 2009  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 […]

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Simplicity. Beauty in details. The Way of the Small by Michael Gellert (May 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 28, 2009  The Way of the Small by Michael Gellert Simplicity.  Beauty in details. Good morning!  It’s taking me quite a few trips to the refrigerator & coffeemaker this morning to […]

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Raising Children “Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood…” by MaryBeth Hicks (May 2009)

Susan’s Thursday note May 14, 2009  Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World  by MaryBeth Hicks (Geeks: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids) Good morning!!!!  After cursing the winds of Nebraska […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note April 23, 2009  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 […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note April 9, 2009  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 […]

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Book Quotes from “Book Notes: A Reader’s Journal” (April 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note April 2, 2009  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 […]

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Beauty of Life and Finding God – Etty Hillesum/WWII Journal of 29 year old in concentration camp) (Mar 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 19, 2009 An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum Letters and journal of Etty Hillesum.  (She died in the concentration camp…these thoughts are on how she found […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 29, 2009  Poems on Winter (Darkness Early & Cat in the Evening) Good morning!  Shall we pretend that spring is coming this weekend since it’s going to be so beautiful?  […]

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Regrets. Moving on. Forgiving Self. Sadness. Change. (Nov. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note November 20, 2008  Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Wilke As Silver Refined:  Learning to Embrace Life’s Disappointments by Kay Arthur Forward From Here:  Leaving Middle Age – and Other Unexpected […]

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Prayer defined as opening of tight fist. “With Open Hands” by Henri Nouwen (Oct. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note October 24, 2008 With Open Hands by Henry Nouwen (defining prayer as opening of tight fist) Good morning!  This week one morning I decided to keep the quiet & do what […]

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Death of young daughter…who mother became…feeling alive again. “Hannah’s Gift” by Maria Housden (Sept. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 18, 2008  Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived  by Maria Housden      Death of little daughter…mother going on with life even with intense pain of loss Man Walks […]

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Life Changes and Letting Go “When the Heart Waits” by Sue Monk Kidd (Sept. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 11, 2008  When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd Changes in Life & Letting Go   Hi all of you! A cup of marvelous coffee (I thought it tasted […]

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Despair vs. Hope – Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman (March 2020)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 19, 2020 Streams in the Desert by HC Cowman Despair vs. Hope Good morning.  So quiet.  So still.  This note is going to copy past Thursday note writings from books […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note August 14, 2008  Being yourself (Maria Shriver’s graduation speech) Good morning!!  I am hoping this week that you are reading this from right here in Midwest Nebraska – for it seems […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note July 17, 2008  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 […]

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Death of who we deeply love. “Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo 1623-1633” (July 2008)

Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 Everyday life of Galileo’s daughter in a convent. (Death, time, peace) Susan’s Thursday morning note July 10, 2008  Good afternoon!  (I’m hoping I don’t have to […]

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Bibliophilia & Bibliomania – The love of books vs. the excessive-compulsive disorder hoarding books (May 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 29, 2008  Booknotes Journal 2004 section on “Biliophilia and Biliomania” Good morning!  I think I should write on the blues of no sunshine for weeks and rain rain everywhere, but […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 22, 2008 “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 […]

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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 […]

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Importance of the written word. “A Book Lover’s Companion” by The Folio Society (May 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 8, 2008 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 […]

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Susan’s writing on her personal reading. “Why I read. How I choose what I read. How I find time to read.” (Feb. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note February 28, 2008 Susan’s Writing on “How I choose what to read” and “How I find time to read” The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett – moving from intense grief into […]

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Pain of loss because we love. “Necessary Losses” by Judith Viorst. Poem “The Arms of a Child” (Jan. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 31, 2008 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 […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 24, 2008  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 […]

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Relationships & Death of mothers. (Heaven Reflections on Death of Susan’s Mother) (Jan. 2008)

Susans’ Thursday morning note 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 […]

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Letting Children Develop Their Own Loves, Desires – Letting Them Go. “The Little Virtues” by Natalia Ginzburt (Jan. 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 19, 2008 The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburt Arrow Analogy in a Letter from missionary Jim Elliot to his son Helping children find their own passions and loves in life […]

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Quotes on Appreciating TODAY “The Traveler” always traveling to find happiness by Daren Simkin (Jan 2008)

January 5, 2008 Susan’s Newsletter The Traveler by Daren Simkin (A Traveler packing up “time” constantly searching for true happiness) Quotes on living for today not always waiting for tomorrow. Good morning everyone!  Does this little […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note December 13, 2007  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 […]

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Entering God’s Presence. Perspective Changes. “Secret of the Secret Place” (Oct. 2007)

Susan’s Thursday morning note October 11, 2007  Secrets of the Secret Place : Discovering the Delight of Intimacy with God  by Bob Sorge Entering God’s Presence.  Perspective Changes.   Secret of the Secret Place: Discovering […]

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Mourning losses in life compared to phases of the moon. Poem “Shadows in the Light” by Robert Lavery (Oct. 2007)

Susan’s Thursday morning note October 4, 2007  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 […]

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

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 27, 2007  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 […]

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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 […]

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Uncertainty. Difficult Times “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers (Mar. 2007)

Susan’s Thursday morning note March 1, 2007 My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers Uncertainty March.  What a great word!  If I was going to be named a descriptive word, I’d pick March or Spring […]

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