Linda Sartor
Sonoma County, CA

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We walked around to each of our ten house sites (12 homes) and other misc. out buildings that burned down completely in the Glass Fire in Sept. 2020.  We read out loud a description of each building and a bit about our collective relationships with it.  These can be found at our website (  Then we spontaneously spoke as moved of our individual relationships and memories associated with each house.  We left behind a flower and tossed a handful of native grass seeds at each site.  I built an altar out of some of the few things I salvaged from my home site.   This ceremony helped us to leave the homes and our old lives behind and transition into whatever is next for each of us.

Why this Place?

Sonoma County, CA

We were planning this ceremony for this time anyway and it seemed to fit with Radical Joy for Hard Times’ annual event.

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We left a flower at each site and I left an altar at my home site.


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