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Memorial Altars

A public memorial is being planned in a month or two for all those who knew and loved my sister Karen, but last night we held our own small family memorial for her here at home.

We created an altar right in the middle of the kitchen table, all the women working together. A collage of photos printed out and laid on a raised bed of brocade and lace, decorated with her favorite flowers (orange roses) and flanked with fat white candles and her full name written out in long-hand – it was a homage to her beauty and love of dramatic flair and I think she would have liked it.

Karen-altar-original(click to see it larger)

We sat around the table, each of us – mother, sons, niece, sisters, brothers in law – speaking of her, reading, praying, playing music she would have loved, crying, laughing.

But even now, a week after her death, it’s still hard to believe she’s gone.

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Here’s the little altar I built for her in my office:

And here is one my friend Hephaistos Semyorka built for her on our island in Second Life:


That’s me sitting in the back, and this is the prayer I’m offering up to Spirit:

May Karen’s blazing red-haired spirit continue to burn brightly in all those who have been touched by her, and may that flame spark an eternal delight in life and resounding kindness in all who come in contact with it.

Friends & Colleagues

These are some of the people and organizations that inspire, touch, warm and support me; people I collaborate with and am proud to call my friends.


Beth Alexander

Steve Borsch: Connecting the Dots

Bridget Brewer

Alan Briskin

Alan Briskin: The Power of Our Collective Wisdom

Kara Brown: Divinely Guided

Pele Chadima & FireHawk Hulin: Resonance

Ashley Cooper: Easily Amazed

Chris Corrigan

Jay Cross

Julie Daly: Unabashedly Female

Benjamin Aaron Degenhart

Bob Dickman & Richard Maxwell: Elements of Persuasion

Brian Duggan: ConferenceBites

Debbie Duggan

Dave Pollard: How to Save the World

Beth Kanter

Craig & Patricia Neal: Heartland Circle

Fletcher Oakes’ PhotoBlog

Howard Rheingold’s vlog

Steve Roberts: CoolMindWarmHeart

David Sibbet

Karen Speerstra: Our Luminous Ground

Gisela Wendling: Liminal Songlines

Nancy White: Full Circle Online Interaction

Patricia Yenawine


Berrett Koehler

Collective Wisdom Initiative

The Power of Collective Wisdom

The Powers of Place Initiative

The World Cafe



Arica Logos
The Arica School
founded by Oscar Ichazo

Visit Heartland Network Community

Visit The World Cafe Community

Visit Powers of Place Field

Visit Berrett-Koehler Community

Great Books

These books inspire, entertain, and teach me things I want to know more about… I hope they will be nourishing resources for you as well. If you buy them through the links on this page, I get a small commission, so I invite you to go wild & totally indulge yourself!


Carol Hallyn

Carol Hallyn is one of the most courageous and persistent women I know. She went back to college to pursue her doctorate at an age I won’t reveal, and has been working hard on it for several years now.

I’ve been working with her for the last two and a half years – exploring the brave new world of social media and investigating options for how to articulate and present the intuition-based work she is birthing in the field of personal and professional development. At last her brain and heart-children have been born in the form of an elegant and streamlined website – – and a powerful blog – IlamaSpeaks – that gives voice to her trusted guide Ilama.

I know you’ll be intrigued to follow this lovely lady as she launches her new business and enters the world of social media, where she is sure to be a hit.