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My Land and Home Political Action

Standing up for Mother Earth

  I left home at 4 a.m. to catch a bus to the Forward on…

Bereavement and End of Life Psychology and Mythology Spirituality

Befriending Myself: Rescued by Pema Chodron

“There has to be more to life than this dark gloom,” I wrote. I was…

Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

A Mother’s Blessing: Heart to Heart with an Alzheimer’s Patient

I lie next to my 84 year old mother, my strong sun-browned body facing her…

Hestia (from Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology)
Family and Friends My Land and Home Psychology and Mythology

Home with Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth

On frigid winter mornings, I am a devotee of Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth.…

Family and Friends Psychology and Mythology

The Art of Argument: Relationship Skills 101

We faced off in the upstairs bedroom, sitting on a mattress on the floor in…

Barbara and Elaine 2008
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends Psychology and Mythology

Feminine Healing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2008

In February, prednisone gave Vic a prolonged energy surge. He longed to be alone and…

Ganesha
Bereavement and End of Life Creativity Family and Friends Spirituality

Ganesh: Patron of Writers and Lord of Beginnings

In 1994, my husband Vic received another rejection letter for his book Synchronicity, Science, and…

Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends My Land and Home

New Year’s Resolution: Let Loss Open My Heart to Kindness

Peter’s red pick-up is parked in the road when I get home just before dark.…

Anthony, David, Liz McFarlane, Elaine, and Vic's mom Virginia
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

A Quiet Christmas Morning: Love, Loss and Continuing Bonds

The house is quiet this Christmas morning. A coat of fresh snow decorates the hushed…

Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends My Land and Home Spirituality

Solstice Blessings: A Family Ritual of Remembrance and Love

On the shortest day of 2009 when my sons were home for the holidays, I…