Guacamole With a Side of Masala: Adventures in Fusion Cuisine

When I arrived in the United Arab Emirates, people back in the U.S. were asking me quite frequently, “What are you eating?” For the most part, my answers were pretty routine.  Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry ...  Okay, you get the idea.   But there were … Continue reading Guacamole With a Side of Masala: Adventures in Fusion Cuisine

Weightless Warrior: On Fencing Well at 30,000 Feet

NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! “Be fully present. Feel your heart. And engage the next moment without an … Continue reading Weightless Warrior: On Fencing Well at 30,000 Feet

Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

My entire life, I’ve heard about the Berlin Wall. I was just six years old when it fell. Before 1989, it was something the newscaster spoke about on my mom’s radio programs. After 1989, it was something everyone looked back on. I vaguely remember my parents reading voraciously about the circumstances around this historic event … Continue reading Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

God Is My ATM, No Matter How Offensive That Sounds

I believe God wants us to have the things we are longing for—relationally, creatively and materially.Let me say that again. I believe God wants us to have the things we are longing for—relationally, creatively and materially. If that sounds like I believe God is my ATM, ready to dole out relationships, artistic projects and cash … Continue reading God Is My ATM, No Matter How Offensive That Sounds

Life After Creative Perfectionism: Making Friends Again with Your Old Art

Me in 2012, in my Scrappy Storyteller steampunk costume Recently, I made the decision to move my blogging back to WordPress.This is the first platform I ever used to share my words with the world--and despite having hopped around to other platforms, I've come back here because it's simple and built so well for SEO … Continue reading Life After Creative Perfectionism: Making Friends Again with Your Old Art

On Emigrating in the 21st Century

At the turn of the 20th century, a young Polish woman got on a boat bound for America. She was a land-owner’s daughter, likely accustomed to some amount of privilege, and even possibly to an ancient title of minor nobility. Yet she left it all behind to join her sister—who was already settled in a … Continue reading On Emigrating in the 21st Century

4 Things Instagram Won’t Tell You About Traveling the World

I don’t know about you, but I really hate false advertising. I mean, yes, I work in the marketing industry. But I still like to inject the truth in my marketing copy as much as possible. Well here’s a truth no Instagram travel feed will ever tell about wandering the planet: It’s the dumbest, craziest, … Continue reading 4 Things Instagram Won’t Tell You About Traveling the World

Bra Burning, Awkward Stares and Other Things that Happen When you Become a Christian Hippie

From the time I was small, my mother told me stories about the 70s. One of her favorites was about all the women who burned their bras. I got the impression she didn’t think too much of idea. Especially when many of those women put their bras back ON again in the 80s and 90s … Continue reading Bra Burning, Awkward Stares and Other Things that Happen When you Become a Christian Hippie

The Truth and the Lies of Sexual Dysfunction

“I’m sorry, young lady. You have a serious sexual dysfunction. You’re going to have to see a therapist.” I got this diagnosis when I was 25: a newly minted wife who had been a proper virgin up until a disappointing wedding night. Fresh off a confusing honeymoon, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s office … Continue reading The Truth and the Lies of Sexual Dysfunction

10 Ways to Experience Your Feminine Energy

For most of my life as a woman, I didn’t really feel like a woman. I dressed like one. I tried to act like one. I checked the “female” gender box on forms. But deep inside I felt like all the other girls had that special something, and it had passed me by. It wasn’t until after … Continue reading 10 Ways to Experience Your Feminine Energy