Hi, my name is Susan Bailey. Welcome!

susan bailey photo in O popupYou can contact me at susanwbailey@gmail.com

I am an author, speaker and musician.

I love what I do because I get to share with you a beautiful truth, revealed to me after a long season of loss and grief–that life can begin again.

That “joie de vivre,’ gone because of illness, depression, grief, financial difficulties and other hardships, can be restored. Our lives can again become vibrant and creative, with an infectious joy that spills over to everyone around us.

I know because I have been there and back again.

Don’t get me wrong–this is not about quick fixes or practical self-help tips.

Rather, it’s about a journey of faith, trusting in the Divine Guide who will take your hand, guide you lovingly, shape you, show you who you are in all your splendor, and then lead you on to new and wonderful experiences.

Life becomes an adventure again.

It is how this God who knows us intimately and loves us beyond telling, reveals himself in our common, everyday experiences.

I write about a wide variety of topics, from kayaking trips to live kitten cams; from favorite books to inspiring music; from the wonders of the natural world to the challenges and joys of family and friends. The theme is the same all the way through: everything in our lives points back to God.

Be as One is about becoming one with our Creator. Learn more from this video.

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We all experience times of mourning, and of dancing.

My mourning lasted ten years.
We went through financial hardships. My parents died after long and difficult illnesses.The nest became empty. I lost my singing voice.

As I struggled with grief and fear, God invited me to come on a journey … one that turned my mourning back into dancing.

My time of dancing began with a kayak . . .

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and a favorite author.

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These are things I love to do. Things that reveal God to me. Things that restored me to new life . . .

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Things that renewed my marriage.

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My singing voice came back . . .

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and a desire to write awoke in me . . .

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Fredrik Rubensson diary writing, Flickr Creative Commons

. . . so that at age 59 I became a published author of two books!

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River of Grace and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by the Message, available on Amazon. I write about my journey from grief to new life in River of Grace; many of the passages I cite of Louisa May Alcott in River of Grace appear in Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message.

Not at all what I expected!

What an adventure!

Like me, you too can know the exhilaration of discovering who you are and what you are meant give to the world.
That’s when the joy of living is restored.

short brown line from theme-72 I love sharing this message and would enjoy talking with you.

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  • Sample the Blog Posts (which cover many interesting topics)
  • Try the Flow Lessons from my book (practical and prayerful exercises helping to connect the concrete to the spiritual)
  • Listen to Music and
  • Join our Community of seekers as we travel on the river of grace.

As my life has changed, you may find your life changing too!

short brown line from theme-72 Finally, allow me to introduce you to my family …

I have been happily married for 37 years to Rich, a deacon in the Eastern Catholic Church (Melkite).
We are the proud parents of of two grown children, Stephen and Meredith.

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And here are my two love muffin cats, Jenny and Rameses.



8 thoughts on “About/Contact

  1. Susan Coughlin

    Hi Susan –

    I have been following the 7 kitties since they were 10 days old, although I did not chat, I only lurked! I understand you have pictures? I would love it if you could email them to me. I am going to miss these precious babies SO much.

    Thank you.


    • It’s been an amazing experience. Kudos to the Kramers!

  2. Bonnie (babysmama)

    I had rotator cuff surgery the very day these kittens were born. Their epic journey from possible homelessness and trajedy to this well adjusted, healthy and very happy family of kittens has fueled my recovery. And, the people I have chatted with (Kitty Club) over the many days of watching have made me smile and look forward to getting up and running to the computer each and every day. Thank you again to Jen Kramer and her family for this blessing.
    Bonnie (babysmama)

    • Happy to meet you formally, Bonnie. 🙂 Good luck with your healing from surgery. Are you following the Scientist Kitties too? What’s your handle on the chat (if you are)? They are one scrappy bunch, Marie has her hands full!

  3. Bonnie (babysmama)

    I am watching the Scientist Kittens – when I do post – it is with the same name (babysmama) 🙂

    • Cool, see you there. I finally know now what’s so special about “chickenfish” 🙂

  4. Hi Susan, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂 thanks for great reads:)

    • Thank you! I saw on your blog how it works and when things calm down a bit, I’ll go and follow what you did. Thanks again for thinking of me!

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