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    Give Peace a Chance

    After watching a video clip of armed people swarming the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows, and rampaging through halls and offices, I heard John Lennon’s lyrics repeat like a mantra in my head. “All we are saying is
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    Black Dog Winter: A Gift of Synchronicity

    “Elaine, would you mind if I used this photo as an inspiration for a new watercolor? If I’m happy with the result I’ll send you a print. I’m in love with the stones and the dog. It’s
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    Staying Close to Hestia’s Hearth

    A foot of heavy snow fell in mid December. The world grew quiet and, for one night, there were no cars on my road. I stayed close to the woodstove hearth, the domain of the Greek Goddess
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    The Goddesses Disagree: Athena, Artemis, and Hecate

    “Do something that matters. Help transform the world, change the political situation, weave a tapestry or create a useful tool, write a book that teaches people how to be civilized and lawful. You can do it. Your
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    Seeding the Cycles of Life

    Where do I find joy during a plague of covid and pestilence of politicians without mercy for humans or the Earth? How can I survive this isolation and a long winter ahead? Holding back helpless tears, I
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    Can We Breathe Now? Soon?

    I go to bed early election night without checking the news. I’m already exhausted by this election. I read a while but my body is a coiled spring. Inhale: 1, 2. Exhale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
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    Brotherly Bonds

    Little David pulled open the door and held up his arms for a hug. Snot dripped from his nose onto his red plaid shirt. He wasn’t sick when I’d left two days ago to give birth in
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    The Cycle of Life: Monarchs, Mythology, and All Soul’s Day

    “Come, Little Ones, it’s time to leave.” “But it’s cold out there.” “It’s cool but the sun is shining. I’ll carry you to a place where you’re protected from the wind.” “We like it inside in our

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Elaine Mansfield

In my twenties, I married, nurtured my growing family, practiced yoga and meditation, and became a vegetarian and organic gardener. In my thirties, I became a nutrition and preventive health care counselor. In my forties, I studied natural approaches to menopause. In my fifties, I transformed my body with strength training and became a Certified Personal Trainer. In my early sixties, I lectured and wrote about strength training, bone health, nutrition, and healthy aging. Now, in my mid sixties, I am dealing with the death of my husband while writing about love, loss, and continuing bonds.

You’ll find old articles, guides, and stories in the sections on Bereavement, Exercise, and Nutrition. You can keep up with the latest stories and announcements on my blog.

Elaine Mansfield’s memoir Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief is now available from Larson Publications.