Love to Susan – Updated

I know that our fellow parent in Silver Spring, Susan Niebur, is in so many of our hearts right now.

She is all I can think about, making fluffy fun posts suggesting children’s activities almost impossible at the moment. The suggestions I have for you are to

Read Susan’s words

Send her your love

(Send her best friend some love too)

Take your kids to a planetarium or other space/sky-themed field trip in honor of Susan’s life work as a planetary scientist. (That post I am linking to there is woefully old, written in April 2010, but I hope it provides some good links to spark an updated online search.)

Immerse yourself in two of the glorious online communities and websites Susan has founded, Mothers With Cancer and Women in Planetary Science


Susan is the praying kind.

UPDATED to add:

If you would like to send a card of love or encouragement to Susan, the family has opened a post office box expressly to receive those kind expressions. That P.O. box is

Susan and Curt Niebur
11006 Veirs Mill Rd, Ste. L-15 #112
Wheaton, MD 20902

Please feel free to share.

And thanks to Janice D’Acy of The Washington Post’s On Parenting blog for her thoughtful post about Susan and the love Susan has received over the Internet.


  1. Susan will live on for a long time through all the science she has inspired – whether she’s in this dimension or the next. This non-sciency mom spent some time a few weeks ago watching the space station fly by with her two kids! Much love to you, Jessica. It’s hard to see a friend in pain or restricted in any way.  

  2. lumpyheadsmom says

    I’m with you.

  3. Thrift Store Mama says


  4. Meg McCormick says

    She’s all I can think about today, too. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

  5. Jennifer Powers says

    Thanks Jessica. I can’t stop thinking about her either. She and I have never met, but she is my hero in many ways. My thoughts are with you, her other good friends and her family too.

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