How to Bury a Goldfish: And Other Ceremonies & Celebrations for Everyday Life
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How to Bury a Goldfish: And Other Ceremonies & Celebrations for Everyday Life

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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 sing...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Skinner House (first published 2000)
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So disappointing! I enjoy the idea of bonding with family and friends by creating memories together, and to recognize special moments in ordinary days as well as significant occasions. This, Only the most new-agey families would indulge mom (let alone happily) in these "rituals," most of which truly would better be described as "ceremonies." Admittedly, some of the underlying sentiments and basic premises of these rituals are so very sweet and kind-hearted. But seriously, how many o...more
Jul 28, 2009 Janie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I was a bit disappointed. I had to bring a lot more to the book than I got out of it. Still, depending on the stage you're at in ruminating on tradition, there's something to be had in here for figuring out what you would like and what you already have (and maybe what you can do without).

This really focuses on everyday life *of families with children*, although a concession is thrown here and there to the people in other life situations.

Unfortunately, this book too often fell on the terribly twe...more
I can't really see using too many of the rituals in this book, but I really appreciated the idea. It got me thinking about how my family marks occasions both everyday and grand. The best part of the whole thing for me was the introduction. The book is an invitation and an offering, and I took it in that spirit.
This is a valuable book, but I felt many of the vignettes were just snippets of ideas rather than complete descriptions of ceremonies. As a UU, I'm searching for valuable ways to celebrate non-religious events. This book points in the right direction, but didn't fulfill my hopes for it.
Disappointing. There are a handful of good ideas, but most of them I cannot see myself or almost anyone I know actually doing. Example: celebrate the Rite of Spring by lying face down on the ground for a while and relaxing your body and feeling it "blend with the earth".
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Born in NYC now living in San Francisco, I've been working on a memoir for over ten years--Burned--about a tragic accident in Cape Cod that severely burned my parents. That book will come out in April 2010 from Atlas and Co.

Before that I wrote two books of poetry--Keeping Watch and The Houses are Covered in Sound--and then I co-authored a non-fiction book How to Bury a Goldfish. I also teach full

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