In this book, Ronald Grimes tells an intensely personal story about the role of ritual in his own rich and sometimes difficult life. His critique of ritual impoverishment in North America reveals the extraordinary potential that ritualizing holds for negotiating and enriching transitions.
Beginning Part One: Initiating 1. Cowboy Christianity 2. Good Guys and the Wiles of Perfection 3. Guardian of the Thresholds 4. Zen Clown Part Two: Marrying 5. Marrying by the Book 6. Blood Wedding 7. A Wedding That Weds Part Three: Burying 8. Bird Droppings on the Buddha 9. A Funeral Undone 10. Words for a Bundling Rite 11. Oh, Give Me a Home Part Four: Birthing 12. Firstborn 13. Birth by Belly 14. Birth by Hand 15. Cord-Cutting Part Five: Practicing 16. The Poetics of Monotony 17. Ritual Practice 18. The Politics of Practice 19. Ending