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Virginia Lang and Louise Nayer
inventive collection of new traditions and rituals to commemorate and honor the
many special moments and milestones in day-to-day life. Enjoyable and easy to follow, the rituals are short, cost almost nothing and can be easily adapted to
fit any lifestyle. The authors cover a wide range of life’s events, both big and
small: the passage into adulthood, helping a single friend begin a new home
life, and mourning the death of a loved one. Featuring a host of celebration
ideas, this remarkable guide addresses more conventional occasions, like
holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, family dinnertime and nighttime prayer, as
well as more unique experiences, like a teen’s first job, a women’s midlife
journey, and moving an elder into assisted living. Through the art of simple
ritual and ceremony, How to Bury a
Goldfish allows readers to slow down, sit in silence and savor all of the
precious moments that enrich our daily lives.
Filled with ways to instill mindfulness and grace into the
passages of everyday life, How to Bury a
Goldfish also features:
Virginia Lang is
a development professional, educator, writer and mother. She was formerly the
chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco Foundation.
Louise Nayer is
an accomplished poet and a mother. She has published two books of poetry, Keeping Watch and The Houses are Covered in Sound. She holds a master’s
degree in creative writing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a professor of English at City College
in San Francisco.
“This book is filled with rituals for many important
occasions. Rituals are simply events given what Mary Oliver calls ‘the rich lens
of attention.’ But in the end, they are what give us mindful joy and connect us
to each other. I recommend this book as a way to be more intentional in the life
of your family and community.”
─Mary Pipher, author, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent
“How to Bury a Goldfish is a great gift.
Filled with rituals that bring simplicity and clarity to our busy lives, it
reminds us that everyday traditions are what give our lives
─Marilyn J. Mason,
Ph.D., corporate psychologist and author, Igniting the Spirit at Work: Daily
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