So you wanna be a cat?

You say you “identify” as a cat?

And you’d like a litter pan

in the bathroom?

Don’t be ridiculous

Grow up

You’re not a cat

The world is in crisis and you need a good education to stop it

Do you think you can…

Helpers Known and Unknown, Seen and Unseen Please Hear This Call

“Imaginary Friends” by Amaia age 6

Calling all ancestors, angels, alebrijes, and gentle dragons.

SOS to awkward aunties, misfit toys,

crones that were called “witch,”

healers whose gifts were not understood while they were living.

Alert to every day teachers,

librarians, midwives and babysitters,

those…

Don’t Hide the Dead

You see this army of dead sunflowers? It’s powerful, isn’t it? Death is powerful. It shakes us. It feels eerie. It’s supposed to — because we are alive and death is…. not alive? Well, we are not quite opposites, are we? After all, one would not…

Anamita muscaria

Settle in, grab a steaming beverage and let your familiar snuggle in close.

At the edge of the forest where the children didn’t venture, the teens dared each other to go and the middle age folks pulled their disenfranchised away from, the elders whispered curiously about if it was time…

To the Young Woman Who Bought My Vintage 1950’s Prom Dress

My yard sale was not exquisite.

There was a table of little girls toys and some toddler clothing that I was not very sentimental over, six random tires from old vehicles, a table of clothes made in the USA…

In Three Clarifying Steps

If you are considering becoming a death doula, here are three steps that will determine absolute success. It’s important to do this work before you have done death doula training, though it may help to clarify some fuzzy spots afterwards.

  1. List your reasons for wishing to…
purples and blues of lake with branch over head

There are some times

When you meet someone

And you think

Fuck

Don’t die

But you know

You hold no power

Not the kind that counts

You hold a small amount of magic;

A sip of tea

Imbued with love

But the ear-ringing stillness remains

They’re going someplace you’re not

But you will

One day

And you wonder

Who will brew your tea

And you pray

It’s someone who vibes

With your color scheme

Anne-Marie Keppel

Author of Death Nesting and Ancient Death Doula Series. Feeding Your Demons Facilitator. Community Deathcare teacher. Mama of three. www.annemariekeppel.com

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