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…

Alyssa Duncan
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

Walking Each Other Home

Sharyn and I met in 1973. I’d moved to Hamilton, NY with my husband and…

Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends Nature

Soul Care in Hard Times

“No detectable disease on CAT scan. Better than last time.” I received this text message from…

Family and Friends Nature Spirituality

The Sacred Feminine in Nature and Friendship

My friend Gail stopped me at the check-out at Wegman's Grocery a few weeks ago. She…

Lon C. Ware, 1916
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

When Dads Die Young

My Father's Day story, "Running from Dad's Death," was posted at Open to Hope today. It's about the last time I…

Spirituality Uncategorized

A Ritual for the Seventh Season of Grief

June 3, 2015 was the seventh anniversary of my husband Vic's death. I planned a day with an…