THIS WEEK’S READ:
“How does the story end?” she asked. “Did you heal yourself with herbs?”
My number three wish, right behind ending world hunger and luring a live-in masseuse to my lair, is a life that’s that simple.
Like so many people who get involved with “alternative” healing, I started this crazy and glorious journey— a journey that, over the years, has defined every aspect of my life— because I was sick. After yet another doctor stared at my bloodwork in confusion, I decided to take my first (desperate!) step into the “woo-woo” by making an appointment with a naturopath. From there I began exploring the wilds of the Manhattan wellness community, cavorting with homeopaths and energy healers, acupuncturists and, yes, herbalists (all modalities which are now more “normal” to me than pharmaceutical medicine).
While herbs were part of my healing, they were far from the totality of it… But that wasn’t the part of the (above!) question that hung me up. I got stuck on the phrase “did you heal?” read more…
Graduation is a few days away and classes are over for the year. (Yup, this is a flashback. If Oprah ever asks if every word is true, I won’t be able to say for certain. Memories soften, get a little fuzzy, and are often sweeter in the re-telling. Truth? Oprah scares...read more
A long time ago in a city far away... I took a writing workshop with Tom Robbins (if you haven't read Tom Robbins, stop reading this and go download Jitterbug Perfume. I promise you won't be disappointed). Since it was a while back, I'm running fast and loose with...read more
This must be impossible, I thought. So I hit play and watched again. For the seventeenth time, smoke billowed in a tawny cloud, a sunset glow lighting Notre Dame’s spire. It blackened, becoming skeletal, a tensile outline against the evening sky. For a heart wrenching...read more
Warning! Warning! Mercury’s gone Retrograde! You’ve heard the Mercury Retrograde warnings: don’t get in a fight with your boss, don’t get in a fight with your spouse, don’t get in a fight with your mom (in fact, if you’re feeling fight-y, give yourself a time out in a...read more
Let’s talk a little bit about our brains. While incredibly useful and adaptive, they can also be single-minded (no pun intended!) bullies. A couple years back, I was doing a little number crunching for the business. It was one of those potentially annoying jobs that...read more
Most of my teens and twenties (and some of my thirties, too) were spent searching for someone to teach me the mysteries of the universe. I pictured a manuscript buried in the rare books room of a library in Oxford or Cambridge; or an underground society dedicated...read more