Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Review: How to bury a goldfish and other ceremonies and celebrations for everyday life

Do you ever find yourself wondering how to address a life event, but come up with nothing so you send flowers, fruit, or some other random item off the web? If so, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of a delightful book -- How To Bury A Goldfish: and other ceremonies and celebrations for everyday life.

Written by Virginia Lang and Louise Nayer, it is a compact book organized into 7 chapters. Topics chapters address: Everyday; Beginnings; Fabulous Firsts, Red-Letter Days; Transitions; Loss; and Holidays. Sprinkled throughout the recommendations for ways to honor and celebrate life's events are concepts found in Quaker and Unitarian Universalist traditions.

Suggestions that caught my frugal eye included:
  • creating, updating, and revisiting an annual family time capsule on New Years Eve;
  • putting a small, felt heart in a small child's pocket -- it will be with them while you are away at work;
  • designate a story-telling stool in your home; and
  • finding a harvest calendar for your region to follow in meal preparation throughout the year.
This book will help anyone who is looking to slow down, dig deeper, and find meaning in ritual and not an item at the mall. It can be purchased for mere pennies on the internet; I've added it to my permanent reference book shelf (as an Amazon Prime member it was mine, no shipping, for $4).

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