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How to Bury a Goldfish
And Other Ceremonies and Celebrations for Everyday Life
Virginia Lang, Louise Nayer
ISBN: 9781558965195
Book (Paperback)
Skinner House Books
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
272 pages
August 1, 2007


How to Bury a Goldfish is an 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, from helping a single friend begin a new home life, to making the passage into adulthood, to mourning the death of a loved one.

Featuring a host of celebration ideas, this remarkable guide addresses more conventional occasions such as holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, family dinnertime, and nighttime prayer, as well as more unique experiences, such as a teen's first job, a women's midlife journey, and an elder's move 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. Rituals and ceremonies include: a daily renewal for the morning shower, a Valentine's Day ritual for a sensitive single, a commemoration honoring a child's first performance, and a Thanksgiving celebration for a couple.

* Offers more than 100 original celebrations and traditions for a wide readership, including rituals for men and women, old and young, families, parents, and singles.

* Provides a wealth of new traditions for many occasions, from light-hearted to serious.

* Acts as a unique tool for honoring the ordinary, everyday events in our lives.

* Includes many observances for young people becoming adults and taking on adult responsibilities.

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.
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Louise Nayer is a mother and an accomplished poet who has published two books of poetry. 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.
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