Nature Spirituality

The Sacred Water of Life: Prayer Walk for Seneca Lake

Women walkers carried the water vessel in a ritual circumambulation of Seneca Lake to bless the water and create…

My Lady of Grief and Praise (2007)
Psychology and Mythology Writing and Social Media

Persona: How Promoting a Book Created a New Social Self

Last week, I went to REP Studio in Ithaca to record passages from my book…

Monarch in late August
Creativity My Land and Home

Bees, Butterflies, and Blessings: Cycles of Nature and Grief

If you've read my blog or visited my Facebook page, you know photography helped with my grieving…

Vic's Italian hands, 1991
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

My Lover’s Hands

We stood with three other couples, anchoring our side of the square. They were much…

Creativity Psychology and Mythology Writing and Social Media

Do You Trust Your Creative Self?

I walk along a country road with a woman writer, a seven-year-old girl, and a boy…

Nature Spirituality

Ritual at the Crossroads

“A ritual would help,” I said to my friend Pat. “I’d love that,” she said.…

With Pat and Anthony and a hang glider. Or is that an angel?
Family and Friends Health

Traveling Solo But Not Alone: Managing a Meltdown

My plane left San Francisco at 6 a.m. I curled into a window seat with…

Bereavement and End of Life Spirituality

Disco Balls and Candles: Grief Ritual in Unusual Places

On Saturday, July 25, my son Anthony Mansfield hosted a Leaning into Love reading at…

Lauren at Vic's memorial service 2008
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

In the Company of Friends

“Are you OK?” Lauren asked when she called the morning after Vic died. Lauren Cottrell…

Elaine at 6 or 7
Creativity Psychology and Mythology Writing and Social Media

She’s Seven Now: When Dreams Lead the Way

On June 3, I planned a quiet day to take stock of my life. It…