This year, like every year, my extended family gathered at our parents’ farm on a cold November morning to “process” turkeys. Yes, this means what you think it means. We slaughter them, clean them, and prepare them for people for their Thanksgiving dinners. I come from a long line of farmers, and love being a part of farm work. From doing hay to freezing … Read More A Farm Blessing
It’s been quite a weekend! I got to officiate weddings Friday and Saturday, and then this morning I had the opportunity to offer the sermon at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca. I share my words here with you. May they give you food for thought, and action! It was wonderful to hear the reactions and thinking of the congregation after the sermon, and … Read More Contentment, Belonging, Love: From Personal Choice to Collective Liberation
Most of my work is around creating ceremonies to mark those really big human milestones – the big three: birth, marriage, death. But lately I’ve been thinking about those lesser life transitions, which may not be quite as momentous, but still have the ability to re-orient the soul. Today I helped a good friend do the final cleaning of her apartment as she completes … Read More A Ceremony for Moving to a New Home
Confession: there’s something about weddings that bugs me. There, I said it. I know, I know, marrying people is part of how I make my living. So it’s kind of scary to put this confession out there. But I am realizing it’s extremely important to put it out there. And here’s why: Weddings are amazing occasions – wonder-full occasions. We pour our … Read More 5 Steps to a Purpose-Full, Regenerative Marriage
Your wedding is not the time to settle (well, is there ever a time to settle? Topic for a different blog…) Settling happens when we don’t believe we can have what we really want. Most of us have, sadly, gotten used to settling. When we were small children we eventually gave up fighting for what we wanted and figured it was easier just to, … Read More Top 4 Limiting Beliefs That Get in the Way of Your Best, Most Heartfelt Wedding Ceremony
Welcome New Year! So, true confession time. Even though being a Celebrant is my profession, I very rarely take the time to create any rituals or ceremonies for my own self! It’s true. I talk the talk but I haven’t found it very easy to walk the walk. Lots of excuses – I’m mothering a toddler, we’re self-employed, too busy of course, who can … Read More Let the Current Carry It Forth: A New Year’s Ritual
Finally, as I begin to study ancient myths, I see a framework for my story. And most importantly I see that I am not alone. This path I am on is well worn. There is comfort in that.
Ceremony “tends the inner landscape” by giving weight to our own stories, making meaning of our transitions, and reminding us that we are not alone.
I believe that ceremony is a powerful tool to reconnect. To reconnect with our own selves, our communities, and the planet.