On why women’s initiation stories require a uniquely feminine language. I gave my mother a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves for her birthday when I was 16. It was both a well-meaning and a snot-nosed, prescriptive gesture; My mother was and remains a hard-line pragmatist who once dismissed psychotherapy as a […]
The following is an introduction I wrote for photographer Jim Lommasson’s exhibit ‘Heaven and Earth,’ an exploration of symbols and images used in worship. The dash board Madonna and the snow-globe Christ, the yucca leaf and the antelope horn, the flower, bell or candle – all the objects of faith – represent and activate a lived […]
Translation as Rapture: The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche In the fall semester of my junior year of college I embarked on a six-month study abroad program in India. Towards the end of the trip I stayed in Varanasi, the “holiest of the seven sacred cities,” where I, as a Religious Studies major, earnestly gorged on […]
You might have seen the large corrugated cardboard yurt across the dusty haze of the playa at Burning Man. Inside you would have discovered Burners in various altered states attended to by a cadre of sober volunteers soothing, hydrating, and otherwise being present with the the ‘trips’ of their respective charges. The ‘Zendo,’ as it […]
The following is the story of Mira,* an ethnically Muslim woman who lost her infant son during the Balkan War (1992 – 1995) and left Bosnia with her family in the hopes of making a better life in America. Here she is interviewed at her home in Utica, New York. Part of a project that features the voices and narratives of refugees, it is also a meditation on displacement and the role of storytelling in healing trauma.
The Bosnian War (1992-1995) left 2.5 million people displaced from the former Yugoslavia. Forced to flee their country as refugees, many found themselves scattered throughout the United States in major cities and suburban enclaves, trying to build new communities while still healing from the traumas of war. Utica, a cash-strapped industrial city in upstate New […]
What happens after war? The following is part of an ongoing project that features the voices and narratives of refugees in America. I’m interested in how people rebuild or reinvent their lives after war and displacement, what enables people to transform pain, and what keeps them fragmented by the past. In early April of 2012, […]
Like the Bible, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Christiane Northrup’s seminal – and prodigious – volume on optimal well-being for women, begins with a Fall. But this version doesn’t involve ingenuous Eve getting kicked out of God’s backyard for messing with a wheedling serpent. No, she is ousted from her own Power and Embodied […]