Soul Mate

Soul Mate

Ever met someone so damn spiritual she’s no earthly good?  “Reach. Stretch. Lengthen,” the yoga teachers instruct us. Extension is highly valued. But these “spiritual” types over extend. Over share. Over expose. The heart, I remind you, is central. Literally. Not matter how it feels, the heart doesn’t sit simmering beneath my skin. It lies […]

Off the Hook

Off the Hook

Imagine a girlfriend who rolls over in the middle of the night, shakes me out of sound sleep demanding (not in an indoor voice) she needs food. I ask you dear reader, will you marry this person? It’s not like she pulls this crap once in a while. Let’s say the first year we’re together […]

A Life with Pain

A Life with Pain

Since 2007 I live with persistent pain. In the first 18 months, pain stemming from an abrupt separation. How abrupt? Imagine learning my beloved husband is a using drug addict. Tens days later I’m alone. Reader he left me. His last three car accidents? They weren’t caused by the mysterious “grey truck” running people off […]

Trumps of Doom

Trumps of Doom

Goddess, Angel, Tarot, Medicine. An impressive number of decks. The fortune-teller, no, the “reader” travels with a soft cream-colored badger skin. A small skull sets atop the hide. “Renic” tells me it’s a bear skull. I do not want to know how she came to have a bear skull. I pull these three cards: Hecate, […]

The Bare Bones of the Matter

The Bare Bones of the Matter

There’s nothing like accomplishing something difficult for whipping up honest self-esteem. Treating kid’s art like an original Jackson Pollock? Oohing and aah-ing and all that nonsense? Kids know very well when they work hard. Having a parent fall all over their simpler achievements leads to suspicion of authority. (Maybe that’s not a terrible thing, but […]