To The Ones Who Hurt This Season

Deck the halls with drama. Fat Santa inflatables puff to life on lawns in my neighborhood. Colored lights burn warm around window frames, and star-topped trees flash gold as threaded tinsel peeks through pine branches. Yes there is cheer — elaborate displays of cheer. My emotions waver from euphoria to agony, agony to euphoria. I am grateful, but ...

Hurricane Irma Update

Hurricane Irma sweeps through the coast with starved-dog fury. Trees snap, salty beach waters surge and swell, and an ominous gray haze transforms the Sunshine State into a spastic, smokey hell. I watch the Weather Channel as a newsman stands with bowed legs bracing the ground, his clothes flapping in the high winds. “Almost a ...

3 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Self-Love

Self-love is more than just a cool concept. I wholeheartedly believe it is the secret to happiness. And if self-love is intrinsically connected to joy, shouldn’t we have it? Where do we sign up? How do we get some of this superfood for the soul? I asked myself those questions, and as a journalist and self-improvement ...

Letter From a Road Raging Mama

Dear dude in the blue Acura, I’m not proud. I saw your car backing out of its space in the parking lot. It rumbled toward mine, your bumper charging at my Sentra. I slammed my hand on the horn, once, twice. I hollered, “What the F*ck are you doing?” You braked, then yelled back and blasted ...

A Few Sage Thoughts From The Birds

It’s the little mysteries that make me scratch my chin, as if chin scratching could potentially stimulate wisdom. I cannot understand small complexities. Such as, why is the fridge constantly bare if I’m always grocery shopping? Why is my wallet always empty if I spend so much time working? Who are these wry leprechauns leaving ...

The Thing About First Steps

Your limbs are dead animals. Your mind is a roaring concert, playing every possible excuse. First steps are hard. But let us remember that getting there is always more difficult than being there. So get there. I recently had a friend ask how to get started doing yoga. This happens a lot, and I expected the ...