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A Refresh and a Reveal

As holiday decorations go up and lights twinkle in every direction I have something new and sparkly to share with you as well…two somethings, actually.

I’m thrilled to unveil my new website!  It’s not radically different. In fact, I intentionally refreshed rather than tossed.  My intent is for you to get a sense of renewal (New Year’s is almost here!) while still feeling cozy in familiar surroundings.  Please take a few moments to wander around, get comfortable, and if you don’t mind the blatant request, share it with at least one friend.

My second bit of news is actually rather big — the announcement of my forthcoming book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, coming Spring 2016.

Many of you know I’ve been working on something new, but this is the first I’ve shared any details. I’m honored to have partnered with Jennifer Orkin Lewis, an exceptionally talented and lovely artist. Jennifer’s paintings are featured throughout the book and on its cover. Her work makes my heart soar. You’ll notice her aesthetic on the website, particularly on the homepage.

So, what’s this book all about?

Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering fun, creative, and inspiring ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. It’s an upbeat and imaginative handbook — a “how-to” manual, really — for remembering those we miss most. The ideas and concepts can be used at any time of year—whether it’s Christmas or a random Tuesday in June.

I’ve never met anyone who’s completely stopped thinking about the person he or she loved; our memories flood in and out and wash over us at anticipated and unexpected times. The holidays can be especially hard.  But this time of year can also be rich with opportunity!  And that’s exactly where Passed and Present comes into play. This book is about taking action.

Chapter topics include:

  • Repurpose With Purpose:  Ideas for transforming objects and heirlooms.  Discover ways to reimagine photographs, jewelry, clothing, letters, recipes —virtually any inherited item or memento.
  • Use Technology:  Strategies for your daily, digital life. Opportunities for using computers, scanners, printers, apps, mobile devices, and websites.
  • Not Just Holidays:  Tips for remembrance any time of year, day or night, whenever you feel that pull — be it a loved one’s birthday, an anniversary, or just a moment when a memory catches you by surprise.
  • Monthly Guide:  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other special times of year present unique challenges and opportunities. This chapter provides exciting ideas for making the most of them while keeping your loved one’s memory alive.
  • Places to Go: Destinations around the world where reflecting and honoring loved ones is a communal activity. This concept is called Commemorative Travel.  Also included are suggestions for incorporating aspects of these foreign traditions into your practices at home.

Being proactive about remembering loved ones has a powerful and unexpected benefit:  it can make you happier. The more I’ve incorporated memories into my year-round life—as opposed to sectioning them off to a particular time of year—the more I’ve been able to embrace every part of me: the people who have passed, and all that’s good and fulfilling in my present. This realization has been exciting for me, and made me feel less alone. I want the same for you.

As far as I can tell, Passed and Present is the first book of its kind. I simply can’t wait to share it with you this spring!