Band the Fuck Together. My #MeToo Story.

I was flipping through Atlas Obscura, during a weekend of self-care when a section about Pope Leo X’s ornate bathroom caught my attention. The bathroom was painted by the artist Raphael, and included mostly erotic images of Venus, Cupid and nymphs. Talk...

None of us are Alone

None of us are Alone

One of my favorite movies of all time is the 1997 Sci-Fi drama “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster (batting my eyelashes in swoon!) and Matthew McConaughey (Okayyyy, equally swoon-worthy!). The film follows a scientist named Dr. Arroway, a supremely pragmatic...

Let them eat cake.

Let them eat cake.

I’ve spent the last few days since Election-geddon in a vodka-induced coma. I know, really productive, Am. Ok, I’m being a little dramatic. I’ve also been hugging people… a lot. And sending sad memes to friends. On election Tuesday I was skipping around my...

I suppose I’m a little sad.

I suppose I’m a little sad.

When I was just wee tot — always wanted to start a sentence that way — I had several hideouts; spaces and places where no one could find me. Growing up in the lush, dense forests of Western New York provided ample options for magical disappearing acts. I’d...

Throwing a very un-merry Birthday

Throwing a very un-merry Birthday

Call in the mad hatter: Last month under the full moon in Pisces (September 16th) marked my very merry un-birthday, the mid-point of the year on a quest towards my 32nd year. Although I’ve been honored with parties and dinners hosted by loved ones and...

Herbs, Meridians, and Midwifery (oh my!)

Just a dash of a holistic health pilgrimage “Stick out your tongue,” she said with levity and bit of laughter. My eyes rolled up to the ceiling, embarrassed to catch her gaze in such an awkward pose. Was it brown from the Saturday morning latte I just...

Yes, I’m a feminist.

Yes, I’m a feminist.

In the heat of the summer of 2005, at the peak of the Jewish settlement withdrawal from Gaza in Israel, I boarded a plane out of Toronto with my mother to Jerusalem. Planes, trains, automobiles. Like any summer, it was sticky and muggy on the East Coast,...

My Mala

My Mala

“Damnit!” I yelled, running into my kitchen table bench, clutching keys tightly and spilling coffee down my arm; a quick, hot, muddy Nile river of Ethiopian blend. It was 6:45am this morning and I was running late for my yoga class. Juggling to stay...

Finding Refuge Inside Necessary Walls

Finding Refuge Inside Necessary Walls

There is a confusing corner of Colfax and Sherman in downtown Denver, where a beautiful Catholic cathedral stands tall. Around it, chewing gum stains the slide walk like ink blots on a yellowed 1950’s psyche test. In every direction, neon lights blind and...

Hovering above Orlando

My phone rang, right when I was contemplating packing blue pants or black pants. My world has been an endless string of flights lately, and this past Sunday I was preparing for a 5:30pm departure to Frankfurt for work, where I sat at 2am when I started...

A sensical look into matters of our DNA.

A sensical look into matters of our DNA.

A few months ago, I spit in a medical tube and sent it off to 23andMe, a genetic testing company handsomely funded by Silicon Valley heavy-hitters. At $199 a pop, you too can find out more about your genetic ancestry, predisposition to illness due to...

Balancing Life in Motion

Balancing Life in Motion

I don’t know much, if anything, about cars… vehicles, hunks of metal transporting me from point A to B. My morning commute doesn’t include stoplights, coffee burning my tongue, or manically checking traffic so I make my morning meeting. My commute for work...

Lessons from a Shape Shifter

‘Pardon, oh, pardon, that my soul should make Of all the divineness which I know For thine and thee, an image only so Formed of sand, and fit to shift And break.” -E.B. Browning XXXVII, Sonnets from the Portuguese In the past, I had a curious and critical...

Dear wounded, and healing…

I recently went through two personal traumas in the span of one week: the end of a long-term relationship, riddled with betrayal, and a spinal surgery that rendered me incapacitated. My able-bodied, stable self collapsed alone in an uncharted and...

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