I sat on a wrought iron daybed facing an open window, and a warm breeze was pooling in. It was the first day in my second foster home. The room was made up to seem welcoming, but its pleasantness somehow felt oppressive. I felt dirty, worthless and consumed by fear.
I needed the stability they provided, but I resented the hole I was supposed to fill in their lives.
In your book, REVERSIBLE, there's a lot of water—swimming pools, or the absence of water. Tell me about your relationship to water. (For the record, I think water is god).
Simultaneously sitting at the crossroads of alt and mainstream, the witch caught on — even for people who’d never considered her magic before. And it’s led us to where we are today.
“Normalizing privilege is dangerous to community and to the nation.”
You probably hear people talking about autoimmune diseases a lot these days—and that’s because there’s much more awareness around the millions of Americans who live with them. In fact, they’re a leading cause of death in young and middle-aged women, according to research published in the The American Journal of Public Health.ommon (and there are over 100 of them!), many aren’t well-researched, and some of ...
If you keep an altar in your home, it may be a place where you naturally gravitate after work to ground yourself and get all that commute-work-capitalism off of you. It might be a place where you do spellwork. Or it might not be an altar for spellcraft at all; it may simply exist as a place where you keep symbols—reminders—of your strength, vision, and creativity, especially if feeling strong or wise or creative or happy isn't always easy (and when is it?).
Yes, I'm celibate. No, I'm not a nun.
Every beauty decision I’ve ever made since that time is very consciously my own—these are decisions to be my authentic self to showcase my looks, and to be unapologetic about it. This is what growing up in foster care taught me: To say I’m not sorry for being different, for being the other, for taking up space, or, simply, for being me.
I was convinced I wasn’t good enough—that I was leave-able, not worth staying sober for, not worth anything.
PTSD is elusive; it hides in the shadows and lurks where you least expect it. Oftentimes you’re not even sure you have it—and you’ve likened it to stories of war veterans who, no doubt, have seen some things you will never see in your life. So how could you have PTSD? It’s not like your life is a war zone.
Except that life with a loved one who is suffering from an addiction can be a wa...
When we think of history’s most glamorous women, we often see them lounging upon a chaise, eating grapes straight from the vine, or dousing themselves in the scent of rose and daylight. But like us, their natural beauty had to be tended to — they didn’t wake up like this.They had beautifying rituals of their own — rituals that pampered and softened and scented their skin and hair. Whether we’re after Marilyn Monroe’s dewy cheekbones (no more $42 highlighter needed after you read this) or Soph...
Poets are an odd, beautiful breed. Constantly observant and obsessed by details, we speak a language that can both transcend and tap into time and place.
As languages go, Italian (and its many varying dialects) has yielded some of the most beautiful-sounding words — in the way the words sing and the how they so vividly roll off the tongue. As a Romance language (quite literally), it comes from Latin and today remains the closest descendant to Latin.
I do love glamour, and I’m not going to apologize for that. I am deliberately trying to bring back dignity and pleasure to glamour, which is something that used to give women a great deal of pleasure before they started having to feel guilty about it.
Sure, oregano might be one of your go-to herbs when making a deliciously cheesy pasta (we heart cheat day!), but it offers a lot more than just flavor. In fact, this tasty herb can have major health and wellness benefits. Move over, Rosemary—your Italian cousin Oregano deserves some of the spotlight, too.
Oregano originates in southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It’s super-popular in Italy, especially in the south, and it’s used in a wide variety of foods acro...