Name: Janelle Hertzler Where you live: South-Central Virginia What you do as a vocation or avocation? I work with people who are dealing with grief, loss, and trauma. I am developing my website www.journey-through-grief.com as a primary source of connection with these folks. I am also a spiritual director and retreat leader. Your two favorite books: It is hard to narrow it down to two. I would have to say any memoir or story that is real and honest and inspires hope. Paula D’Arcy’s The Gift of the Red Bird and Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies and Plan B. Also any of Mary Oliver’s books of poetry. Your two favorite songs: Paul Gurr’s Come as You Are and David Haas’ You are Mine (I Will Come to You in the Silence)
Why you are interested in spirituality? It is the one thing that can stop the hamster of my mind as it spins on its never-ending wheels.
Your favorite quote: “In difficult times always carry something beautiful inside.” – Blaise Pascal
Your favorite web sites: ordinary blogs where people honestly engage their questions and doubts and inspire their readers to a deeper sense of peace and trust Your hero? A friend of mine, who through a genetic disease, is losing her eyesight. She is dealing with her loss with such honest grit and beautiful openness of spirit. A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? To live the questions more fully and with more grace. A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” Sitting beside the river on my brother-in-law’s farm or most places in nature. Janelle’s site:www.journey-through-grief.com