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Psychology and Mythology Spirituality

The Black Madonna Wore Pink: Marion Woodman, 1988

I felt compelled to go. I wasn’t sure why. A friend had invited me to…

My Land and Home Nature Spirituality

When the Bluebirds Fledged

Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and…

Bereavement and End of Life My Land and Home

6 Ways to Invite Love to a Death Anniversary

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all…

Tinker and Virginia on a hard day
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

I Will Help You: Palliative Care Support Before Hospice

I asked my mother-in-law’s doctor to order a palliative care consultation when we saw him a…

Vic's cairn
Bereavement and End of Life Psychology and Mythology

Everything Leads to You

"This much I know. Everything leads to You." Deborah Gregory, “In Full Flower” from A…

With Jim and Mom in Arizona, 1950
Bereavement and End of Life Family and Friends

Three Little Love Stories on the Anniversary of A Brother’s Death

1950 Jim and I sat in the backseat, our faces out opposite windows. The wind dried…

Family and Friends My Land and Home

The Delicate Dance between Mother and Crone

My son Anthony sent a text last week. “Leaving San Francisco now.” Their move to…

Etty Hillesum (1914-1943 at Auschwitz)

Reclaiming Inner Peace in an Agitated World

"Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and…

Grieving crone, India, 1994, photo by Vic Mansfield
Political Action Psychology and Mythology

Have They Forgotten They Are Mortal? Lessons from Hecate

The Greek Goddess Hecate has a witchy reputation—wild broomstick rides in the night, warts on…

Family and Friends Spirituality

Baby David’s Hippie Baptism: A Ritual to Bless New Life

Soon after our son David was born in 1970, my husband’s mom gave me a small…