Hellfire and Carnation

Hellfire and Carnation

Hellfire and Carnation “The kids want to know what church we go to,” I complained to my parents.  We had just moved from Los Angeles, where the angels are, as the name implies, well and truly lost, to a church laden suburb of Rochester, New York called Chili, which...
Jungles of the Amazon

Jungles of the Amazon

Jungles of the Amazon Ignoring the fact that her eldest daughter was swinging through the trees hollering like Tarzan and flying from rooftop to rooftop at the school pretending to be Peter Pan, my mother focused her homophobic anxieties on my brother. Girls could be...
Tortilla Rhymes with Chinchilla

Tortilla Rhymes with Chinchilla

Tortilla Rhymes with Chinchilla One might expect that a school in a town called Chili, pronounced with two long ‘i’s’, chai-lie, the local schools might be a little substandard.  I had come from a Junior High in Manhattan Beach where the local drug dealer parked...
Japanese Shamanism: Ancient and Alive

Japanese Shamanism: Ancient and Alive

Japanese Shamanism: Ancient and Alive by Cerridwen Fallingstar “The Queendom of Wa is ruled entirely by sorceresses.”  This assertion by a 3rd century Chinese document is the first written record referring to Japan.  Of course, every culture, world-wide, has arisen...
Inari; Power of The Fox

Inari; Power of The Fox

INARI; POWER OF THE FOX –Cerridwen Fallingstar “Foxy Lady!”…Jimi Hendrix “I am the fox.  You may not always see me.  But I always see you.”…Z. Demers, at age 9. The fox materialized out of the pine trees and mist and stared at us.  We stared back, mesmerized at...