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Finding beauty during times of grief. (Rumer Godden) Description of comfort in graveyard. (Oct. 2019)

Susan’s Thursday morning note October 3, 2019 Finding beauty during times of grief.  Description of comfort in a graveyard.  China Court by Rumer Godden Good morning. Good morning.  Complete silence.  Stars peering over my angel of […]

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“We are Seven” Child’s View of of siblings buried by William Wordsworth from 1798 (Sept. 2017)

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 […]

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Christmas” by Vladimir Navokov (1925) Miracle moment after death of a small child at Christmas. (December 2015)

Susan’s Thursday morning note December 17, 2015 Christmas” by Vladimir Navokov (1925) Miracle moment after death of a small child at Christmas. Good morning!  Beautiful silence.  Our Christmas angel of dawn has arrived with the […]

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Mark Twain – Epitaph on Daughter’s Stone and Misc. Twain Quotes (Sept. 2015)

Susan’s Thursday morning note September 3, 2015 Mark Twain – Epitaph on Daughter’s Stone and Misc. Twain Quotes Good morning!  Coffee is beginning to make it’s way to my fingertips to try to get my […]

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Pain from death of our mothers. Letters from Motherless Daughters edited by Hope Edelman (June 2015)

Susan’s Thursday morning 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.  […]

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Little moments we remember after someone we love dies. “She Walks in Beauty” poems compiled by Caroline Kennedy. “Clearances” by Seamus Heaney. (October 2012)

October 18, 2012 Susan’s Newsletter Little moments we remember after someone we love dies. From “Clearances,” In Memoriam M.K. H., (1911-1984) by Seamus Heaney She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems: Selected and Introduced […]

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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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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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Death of infant at birth. Discussion of death with husband. Grief. “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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Pain. Grief. Hardship. “Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox and “Perfectly Imperfect” by Lee Woodruff (May 2009)

Susan’s Thursday morning note May 21, 2009 Accepting Pain & Hardship               Always Looking Up: the Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox             Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress by Lee […]

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Finding beauty and God in life even in horrible circumstances. Journals of Etty Hillesum. Concentration Camp Victim. (Apr. 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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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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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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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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Coping with intense pain – “Mistaken Identity” by Don & Susie Van Ryn (June 2008)

Susan’s Thursday morning note  June 12, 2008 Coping with intense pain. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Mistaken Identity by Don & Susie Van Ryn   Good morning!  Finally a beautiful day and I just […]

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Moving from intense grief into next “movement of our song” – next part of life story. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Burnett (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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Heaven. Susan’s thoughts on anniversary of mother’s death. (Jan. 2007)

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 18, 2007  Thoughts on anniversary of mom’s death.  Thoughts on heaven. Good morning!  I have been thinking about what I’m about to write all night, and when I think too […]

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Difficult Times – Verses of Promises from God (Jan. 2007)

Susan’s Thursday morning note January 4, 2007 Difficult Times.  Verses of promises from God. Good morning!  Family members are asleep in the living room, so I don’t dare tip-toe to get my coffee going.  It […]

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Intense Pain in Life – Forrest Gump Analogy & On My Knees Song (Nov. 2006)

Susan’s Thursday morning note November 9, 2006  Intense pain in life – Forrest Gump analogy & On My Knees song  Good morning from Cody, Wyoming!  I fly back to Nebraska later this morning, but have gotten […]

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