I’ve Been Thinking

Shocking! I admit that I’ve been reading Ursula LeGuin again, and she always gets my brain stirred up. She reminded me, in a satirical essay titled “Introducing Myself” from her wonderful book The Wave in the Mind, that we’re the last generation who remembers when women were “he.” Ms. LeGuin is one of those writers I go to when I want to be stimulated emotionally or intellectually or just have a good read. So, I am old enough to remember when we were up in arms about the meaning of he/her and the absolute absence of the feminine pronoun in our founding documents and everything else leading to the upheaval of the 1960s. All men are created equal, being only one example. Even that didn’t mean ALL men. She writes about the desire to live up to the label of man as a woman in American society. She reminds us:… MORE

Blog Tour

Blog Tour  July 15, 2014   A heart-friend, Elaine Mansfield, invited me to join a blog tour begun by Jean Raffa. Since I am a first time tour participant, Elaine was kind enough to lead me through the process. She writes with a strong sense of place and is connected deeply to her home and her civic involvement. Elaine is a life-long student of philosophy mythology, Jungian psychology and the spiritual traditions from many cultures and she used her knowledge as a women’s health counselor for 25 years. However, after the death of her husband in 2008, her studies turned to healthy grieving and creating a new and fertile life for herself. The result is that she now facilitates hospice support groups for women who have lost partners. She also writes for the Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County newsletter and website and helps others find the spiritual core… MORE

Easter Thoughts

The Easter story is one that we read all the way back to the Babylonians—the miracle of Spring, the death of the plants and the eventual resurrection of Mother Earth. It certainly triggers hope, and we can imagine how it brought joy in the early peoples as they waited to see if green would reappear. In my book “The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss,” I believe that the broken heart is similar to the frozen cracked earth of winter, and the gift is the greening of our hope and faith in what is to come. We are forever a hopeful species, and as the dark clouds of war and anger bring winter to our spirits, so can the gifts of love and kindness bring the spring. May each and every one of you find the joy in the story, and in your own life. I… MORE

The Gifts of Grief book has arrived!

I am holding in my hand the beautifully created book from Hierophant Publishing titled “The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss.” It’s now available in the store on this website, and will be in all stores in April, including an ebook format. The MP3 of my voice and the amazing music of Michael Hoppe and Heart and Soul Meditations by Lance Ware is also available to lead you through the healing visualizations. There are no words for the feeling of having your life’s work going out to the people who are ready for it. The world is awash in grieving, not simply from our own losses as individuals but from the sadness that comes into our homes and electronic devices every day as we see children executed, people homeless and hungry and at war, lives washed away in tsunami’s and earthquakes and even the evidence of global… MORE