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When Things Happen to People: The Field Beyond Good and Bad Paperback – February 13, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"I am adjusting to my shape-shifted body and spirit. The experience feels like a huge
teaching... lesson after lesson, simply opening my hand and heart and receiving--from
friends, from nature, from community, from the long dark night, from ancestors, from
places and spirits I had not previously been to or met.
Can a person who has been through a mastectomy really feel as blessed as I feel?"
--S. Elise Peeples
It takes a community... One woman's encounter with breast cancer.
"You have been impeccably real and naked to the bone with yourself and with us...
You have shown us how, when given the chance, a community canbe essential to
healing and transformation...how a community is transformed by the journey of any
one of its own."
--Elenna Rubin Goodman, ceremonialist and convener of the Bay Area Daré, a
sacred gathering for healing, peace building and the restoration of our world.
About the Author
Elise Peeples, a writer, philosopher and practitioner of healing arts, authored Strands, a novel (Eshu House Publishing: Berkeley, CA, 2010); The Emperor Has a Body: Body Politics in the Between (Javelina Books: Tucson, AZ, 1998) and co-authored The Spiral: A Workbook (Minding the Body, Inc. Berkeley, CA, 2000). She is the founder of Sound Rivers (www.SoundRivers.net) where she plays and teaches didgeridoo for healing purposes; is Executive Director of Art Between Us, Inc. (www.ArtBetweenUs.org) whose mission is to teach and produce collaborative art in order to stimulate the creativity in all people and to dissolve isolation in our human family; and partner in Heart Passages which uses collaboration to design unique rituals for all occasions. She lives in Berkeley, California with her poet/writer husband, Adam David Miller (www.adamdavidmillerpoet.com) and her cat Tito. Her degrees are as follows: BA in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1978); a Paralegal Certificate from the Institute for Paralegal Studies in Philadelphia (1980); an MA in Philosophy with a Certificate for Teaching Critical Thinking from San Francisco State University (1992); and a Certificate in Sound, Voice and Music Healing from the California Institute for Integral Studies (2010).
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I have never read a book that invites the reader so immediately, and so intimately into the intricacies of a life in travail. With this invitation I was allowed to witness the path of a true warrior who undauntingly searches for the greater meaning and lessons of life that “lie beyond the field of good and bad” and who finds them in the healing powers of community.
As someone recently diagnosed with cancer, I feel like Ms. Peeples’ journey is a field guide for me on how to live courageously and in grace in the face of the challenges and questions that await me.
To read this book now, right now, is nothing less than a miracle and a blessing.
An angel at my door.