why you live

You owe it to yourself to follow your dragons as often as your bliss. You owe it to your family to follow your inner critic, taking notes. You owe it to your soul to call Time out on your own journey. The marker of a healthy soul is the joy it brings you to help…

the tiger and the bureaucrat

At the end of all the smart thoughts and bold decisions and colorful gestures you ask yourself, How do I show him my heart? We just aren't raised to do this. Or maybe I wasn't. Be reasonable, rational, and smart, is what I heard growing up. But the passion, and deep deep knowing, of your…

she goes out for new year’s

She wasn't sure why she kept carrying around the damn Minion. Just a cheap plastic Christmas ornament she'd meant to hang from her rear view mirror, thinking it would put a smile on her face on dark winter mornings to see the grinning fella with his wreath. But now it was New Year’s Eve, she…

the end of the wish

To seek happiness one must seek what one does not know. In this way the fool keeps forgetting what it knew, casting itself over and again into the same damn thing. And the coward clings to what it knows. And the hero fights what it does not know. And the mystic prays to it, the…

touching ground

When you're flying high but falter, humbled, you fall and cannot stop. It's okay. This is touching ground. The floor of your ego is quiet, boring, very plain. Breathe here. You may cry, you may look for truths, but you're just here to remember that underneath it all, after you've accomplished, and flirted, shocked, and…

a cozier ecology

I've struggled with IBS, the allopathic doctor's catch-all term for "We have no clue what's wrong with your poo'ing system," my entire adult life. But being at home on a sort of grown-up winter break, I started doing some fresh reading, and I stumbled on this whole thing about the human microbiome. It sounds very…

To your health, Julia

What is health, these days? If, like me, you started answering that question by sitting on your butt reading articles online, you find out that health is yoga girls doing handstands surrounded by cacti, the rippling muscles of Paleo-powered weight lifters, and beaming food-gurus holding up clean salmon-tumeric bowls. Health is illustrated on Instagram and…

Big Jon’s Christmas

Jon had darkness in his heart. He sighed and rubbed his massive jaw. He weighed 220 or so, these days, and 6'5" in his boots. Just a young un, once, not so long ago. Now he had kids and couldn't get laid on Christmas. He sighed again. That wasn't a very holy thing to think.…

where it begins

It begins with an angry woman in a city gone mad. It begins with Amazon and poverty colliding, with immigrants driving for the first time in their lives alongside homeless people migrating across the city in dilapidated trailers. It begins with your mother calling, asking, "Were you caught in the shooting?" and you saying, "Probably…