The final restless place of thousands of diseased, murderous and insane people, Poveglia is the convergence of everything we know about evil. So what's the deal with this island of spooky terror?
I think of myself, how my own spunkiness has been tamed, lessened with politeness and from experience, and I am so glad that the spiritedness has come full circle.
With November over, I take a look back at my favorite event this month -- Redmoon Theater's spectacular Boneshaker bash celebrating both Halloween and All Saint's Day!
All those dusty skulls staring at you were the people who built the incredible places where we like to get drunk and stumble around as we travel through this amazing continent. That's a pretty cool connection, make no bones about it.
When is Christmas? Boo, gobble gobble, and ho, ho, ho. Toto, I'm not in Kansas anymore. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas -- when did these three, which each used to dominate its own month, morph into what's known as the "holiday season"?
I don't want to be there to validate every experience for my children. I don't want them to think my presence is required for something to be worthwhile. I want them to be able to live the moment on their own and know how to appreciate it for themselves.
My friend Annie, an overwhelmed but very capable mother, has two kids under 5 years of age and a high-powered corporate job that's now got her traveli...
I don't want to stop pleasing people -- I don't want to stop being a good person and showing all the love I have to give. But I am learning to be responsible for my own happiness first, and everyone else, second.
To say I was excited would be an understatement. Two of my favorite candies got married, and my beloved thought of me.
New Orleans is a strange, dichotomous city. For every major celebration that goes on here, be it Mardi Gras, Christmas, or Halloween, there are two,...
When I emerged dazed from the Bill Graham Auditorium last Thursday night, I remember feeling vaguely surprised that the city was still standing. Most of my costume was missing, except for the unexplained santa hat still on my head. I did not look like a professional.
Heidi hit the red carpet for this year's bash looking completely unrecognizable similar to past year costumes of ape, cadaver and alien. Her costume was a geriatric version of herself, complete with a walking cane, yellowed-teeth, age spots, random varicose veins, grey hair and a turkey neck.
October 9th was a fine day indeed, strolling as I was through the crammed Walgreens near my yoga studio in the Castro on a balmy, Indian summer aftern...
In the gloaming, when the dark comes early and the wind whips cold, I imagine that house blinking and twinkling, glowing and coming to life. Bewitched and bewitching it haunts me still, and when I follow its siren song I find my family, our young spirits housed forever in that home.
Having no fear is not only unreal and impossible, but also makes us fall prey to real menaces and threats around us. Thus, having the right amount of this emotion helps us be safe and secure.
When it comes to celebrating, the U.S. and Canada are absolutely sedate as compared to Latin America (and most of the rest of the developing world, for that matter). People may not have 'things' like we do, but they know how to throw a party!