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Gods in the Desert

I live on the eastern coast of the United States. It’s hilly land, rising into stunted mountains at the western edge of my state’s boundaries. But most of it slopes downward to meet the sea, and in between, there are…

Lessons from the Chef’s Table

One of my favorite things to do is to watch shows, documentaries, or movies about cooking (or just food, in general) while I eat. Sometimes I settle for a carton of chicken tikka masala, delivered to my door by the…

My Tattoos Tell My Story

Yesterday, I drove into Washington D.C. to get my third tattoo. My first two are from years ago: hieroglyphs in a cartouche (2012) and my infamous death/rebirth half-sleeve (2014). Since I wanted my newest piece of ink to complete the…

Gifts of Winter

It snowed yesterday morning while I slept. I stepped out of my apartment to a proper winter landscape, an inch of snow covering the cars and trees, lending a ghostly quality to the black morning. The air was crisp and…

The Month I Learned to Write

I can’t remember when or how I first heard about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. For me, it’s one of those things in life that seemingly always existed, though I know that’s not the case. Chris Baty founded it…

Pagan Pride Day 2016

I stand facing the center of the circle, facing the skull mounted on a large, forked tree branch — our ritual stang. Faces blur together around me. When I speak, my voice cuts through the late afternoon calm. I teach my audience…