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Reinventing Home was founded in 2019 by a group of writers, academics, artists and activists who view home as our primary attachment, setting the stage for lifelong patterns of intimacy and self-renewal.  This publication arrived just in time to help our readers navigate their new home-bound status during the pandemic and went on  to explore our search for community and belonging in an era of social and political upheaval.     

This digital magazine has been called “a thinking person’s guide to home” and “a mindful approach to home.”  It embraces everything from the secret lives of our possessions to the creation of the cosmos, from futuristic human settlements to the experience of  immigrants and people of color.  It’s based on what we all have in common— a longing for sanctuary, a safe haven where we can be our best and truest selves.  Phil Cousineau, host of Global Spirit TV says, “A meditation on our need for  sanctuary,  Reinventing Home is indispensable for our changing times.”

Reinventing Home has been generously funded by E. Patricia Herron, a former superior court judge in northern California, and by readers like you.

Founder and Chief Storyteller

VALERIE ANDREWS has written widely about home and our quest for belonging in A Passion for this Earth: Exploring a New Partnership of Man, Woman and Nature and a forthcoming book, Where the Heart Is.  A graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Valerie founded Sacred Words: A Center for Healing Stories with a grant from Laurance Rockefeller, and was a featured commentator in A Still Small Voice, an award-winning documentary on the interface of science and spirituality. She also contributed to  two other films: Nourish, the story of our food from soil to plate and Powershift, the story of alternative energy. Her articles have appeared in The Optimist, Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Common Boundary, The Sun, Intuition, Parabola, Esquire, Vogue, and New York magazine. She has lectured widely about the future of work and its new center—in the home.  

Editorial Advisors

JEAN SHINODA BOLEN, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known speaker on women’s issues based in Mill Valley, California. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has served as clinical professor of psychiatry at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute/University of California Medical Center and board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the International Transpersonal Association, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. The author of thirteen books in over a hundred foreign editions, Jean considers our need to balance introversion and activism, time at home with our work in the world.
PHIL COUSINEAU is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader, and storyteller who knows a lot about homecoming. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on mythology, film, beauty, sports, and creativity and has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name. Phil grew up just outside of Detroit, once known as the “Paris of the Midwest,” and his peripatetic career included stints as a sportswriter, playing semi-professional basketball in Europe, harvesting date trees on an Israeli kibbutz, painting 44 Victorian houses in San Francisco, and teaching screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He’s now the host of Global Spirit, the first internal travel series, on LinkTV.
PEGGY FLYNN, MA, founded In the Evening of Life, which explores the notion of coming home to one’s true self after age 60, and its parent organization, The Good Death Institute, a non-profit dealing with conscious dying, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Peggy is trained in spiritual guidance, and has spent 40 years in active hospice care, negotiating family dynamics around health issues. She is author of The Caregiving Zone, dealing with the challenges of caring for loved ones at home. She has received a Jefferson Award for public service and special recognition from the US House of Representatives.
PAULINE TESLER, JD, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a pioneer in Collaborative Divorce. Her goal is making the home as stable and secure as possible for children and creating systems to support all family members through this difficult transition. She co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and served as its first President. With psychologist Peggy Thompson, she coauthored Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move On With Your Life (HarperCollins, 2006). Pauline received the first “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award from the American Bar Association in 2002, has been named a California “Superlawyer” annually for nearly a decade, and currently heads The Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal, in Bolinas, California.

DEBORAH LONDON WRIGHT, MDiv, served as Associate Pastor of Calvary Church in San Francisco, on the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, and as adjunct faculty at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Following her postgraduate studies at UC Berkeley’s General Theological Union, she formed Avalon Enterprises, raising funds and providing project management for NGOs working in the fields of religion, education, healthcare, and film. Her clients included The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Google, Kaiser Permanente, the Murphy Cancer Foundation, Callaway Leadership Institute, and Kairos USA. In 2011, Deborah and Jim Kitchens launched PneuMatrix, bringing adaptive change to congregations throughout the US, and focusing on new community service models like www.laundrylove.org

Staff

East Coast Editor:  Sara Evans

Graphic Design: Nancy Glickman

Webmaster: Maris Svirksts

Digital Media/Newletter:  Sam Montgomery 

Proofreading/Fact checking: Aldo Jackson, Ann Arnold

Special thanks to Linda Ferrer, Jada Fabrizio,  Linda Bucklin, Suzanne Perot, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Bruce Thompson, Ann Robinson, Robert Kipniss, Russ McClure.

Syndication Partnership

Reinventing Home is a cross-syndication partner of  BizCatalyst 360°, an Award-Winning global media digest, operating under the umbrella of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via game-changing productions such as HopeFest 360°, and BucketFest 360°. With an emphasis on action, their 800+ international contributors empower people to transition from knowing what to do to actually doing it. Today and every day, they simply deliver the very best insights, intelligence, and inspiration available anywhere, doing it their way by placing their writers and audience at the forefront. It’s magical. It’s evergreen. And quite frankly, It’s just good stuff.  Period.

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