Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

Traversing the Wormhole of the “Culinary Underbelly”: An Exploration of the Magician

In his book, Kitchen Confidential, chef/author/travelogue god Anthony Bourdain reveals in shocking detail the twenty-five years he spent as a chef and cook in the "culinary underbelly" of the restaurant industry. As one would expect, there are palatable tales: his incomparable dining experience at The French Laundry, for one. But Kitchen Confidential is not a book about food. [...]

Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

Dancing With Eris in the Schoolyard: An Exploration of the Seven of Swords

My best friend lived next door. Our parents drank rum and cokes on my back porch while she and I watched TGIF and ate pizza in my living room. We snuck beneath her parents' bed and raided her father's vintage Playboy collection.  We made a music video to "Possum Kingdom" using pillows as drums. And when a [...]

The Resolution of My Gender War: Embracing Goddess Spirituality to Find Balance

The Resolution of My Gender War: Embracing Goddess Spirituality to Find Balance

I still remember the first time I heard the word "goddess" spoken in reverence.  I was sitting cross-legged in the center of my friend's efficiency, organizing her anatomy notes so she could study for an upcoming quiz.  As I scanned her shelf, I noticed titles by Silver Ravenwolf and Ann Rice bookended by black, glitter-laden candles.  A [...]

The Fool, the Devil, and the Power to Transmute our Demons

When I begin a project, I approach it with the energy of the Fool--I'm excited and starry-eyed, idealistic about the journey and almost radically hopeful for what it will bring.  There comes a time, however (usually after a few bumps in the road and facing the enormity of what I'm up against), that I'm forced to [...]