Tickets for Authors on the Move in Sacramento

Janis Heaphy Durham, author of The Hand on the Mirror, will join more than 40 distinguished California authors from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 12 at this year’s Authors on the Move event.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento, California, to benefit the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.

The 2016 event is called “Pathways:  An American Tapestry” and features Lalita Tademy, author of Citizens Creek, as the keynote speaker. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, a four-course meal from Jason Poole, the renowned executive chef of the Hyatt Regency, unlimited wine, conversation with three regional authors at each table and a live auction to win one-time experiences with authors. This fund-raiser helps pay for literacy and tutoring programs as well as books and materials for the 28 public libraries in Sacramento.

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A Reviewer Hooked by Janis’ Book – and More Consciousness News

Click on this link and you’ll find a wealth of treats, in addition to a review of The Hand on the Mirror. Reviewer Michael Tymn knows so much about afterlife issues that he figured The Hand on the Mirror had nothing new for him, but he reports that he was quickly intrigued and enjoyed it. The review is in The Searchlight, a quarterly publication mailed to members of The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, Inc. The other stories in the newsletter will fascinate you, from Chinese experiments in teleportation to news about the Southern Baptist Convention no longer selling books with accounts of heavenly visits. To find out more about the Academy and how to get its newsletters, visit

Here’s the Academy newsletter.  For the review of Janis’ book, scroll down to Page 13.

Holiday Wishes for One and All

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! May you all feel love today and know that love reaches across all boundaries to bring us together. If you’re happy today, let your smiles and laughter show it, and if you’re feeling blue, may peace and comfort surround you.

The Hand on the Mirror Cited As Strong Case of After-death Communication

This thorough review is by John R. Audette, President & CEO of Eternea (, a nonprofit he co-founded with Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon and author of Proof of Heaven. Audette, who in 1977 co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (, sees Janis’ story as a strong example of after-death communication because of her photographs documenting events, the other people who witnessed them and her analysis of the potential scientific and spiritual explanations. He recommends it as important reading. Eternea is a non-profit research, educational and outreach organization focused on the physics of consciousness and physical reality and committed to enhancing understanding of spiritually transformative experiences.

What Led You to The Hand on the Mirror?

We’d like to know where you heard about The Hand on the Mirror, whether you saw it on Facebook, got a friend’s recommendation, saw it in a bookstore or read about it online (and if you can tell us exactly where, that would be great.) You can share that information with us by emailing to or contacting us at As always, if you have a personal story of afterlife communication, we’d like to hear it. You can do that at

Let Thanksgiving and Smiles Lift You Up

To my readers:

This column about gratitude and Thanksgiving really resonated with me. It was what my father, one of the most important people in my life, taught me. He said that remembering to be grateful was something to do each and every day. It’s particularly important when times are tough. So I say my daily mantra:

Be Honest
Be Grateful
Be Present

This Thanksgiving and Christmas will be especially challenging because of the void left by the death of my husband, Jim Durham, in May. The holidays remind me of previous holidays when we celebrated together with our sons. And I know many people face sadness at the holidays for the same reason. They are feeling the void of their lost loved ones. 

And yet I am grateful for the abundance in my life and reminded with the recent Paris terrorist attacks that we all face suffering and loss as part of the human condition. No one is exempt. What matters is how we deal with the loss. And remaining grateful is a key coping mechanism. 

One of the husbands who lost a wife in the Paris attacks said: “We mourn the dead by living.”  I am with him 100%. 

–Janis Heaphy Durham