I work as an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College in Vermont where I teach courses in The Examined Life and Peace and Justice. I previously taught peace studies and conflict resolution at George Washington University and a variety of religion courses at Catholic University. I am from the Greater Boston area and lived in Washington DC for about 10 years on and off before moving to Vermont in 2017.
I hold a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies with a focus on Religion and Culture, specifically on how religious/spiritual psychological thought helps people heal from trauma and suffering. My dissertation on Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita discusses how the writing of the novel helped Bulgakov work through the trauma of living as a persecuted author in Stalin’s Soviet Union. Now I write about grief.
In my free time, you can find me crocheting, crafting, curling, writing, reading, baking, watching films, spending time with friends or family, and being ridiculous with my husband.
About this Blog
This blog is a journey, or “spiritual travelogue,” through grief and adapting to life after the death of my mother. Here, I share my experiences of grief (the good, bad, and ugly) with others who are walking the same path, offer suggestions for how grief supporters can bring compassion to their responses when they are unsure of what to do when someone they love experiences a loss, and try to make conversations about a common, yet unpleasant, subject more comfortable.
My grief travelogue includes meditations, reflections and lessons I learned, suggestions for how to move through your grief journey one day at a time, and resources (books, articles, films, and professional services) that may offer a foundation on which to build during the transition period that is grief.
Please contact me with questions I might help you answer, observations you have about your own experiences, or send stories of your experiences to me. If there are resources you used during your grief journey, please share them with me so that I may include them in my resource list for other visitors.
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