Broth from the Cauldron post

Broth from the Cauldron post

‘Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ –William Shakespeare   After my grandmother died, my mother found a small notebook in which Arbie had written down all my cute ‘sayings’ when I was a child first learning how to talk. The...
The War on Halloween

The War on Halloween

Time humor columnist Joel Stein interviewed me about ‘The War on Halloween’ for his column this week in Time magazine.  The result is charming and hilarious. You can pick up a copy (Nov. 4th with Prince Charles on the cover) or keep on reading: Joel Stein:...
Dizzyland

Dizzyland

Dizzyland ‘Dizzyland’ is what my brother and sister called it, perhaps believing that it was named for the effect produced by the tea-cups ride.  My child-self secretly believed that Disneyland was the first level of heaven; I had recurrent dreams that one could...
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...