I’m a sucker for gold stars. There was no better feeling as a child than watching a beloved teacher peel off a gold star and stick it next to my name with a special smile just for me. Oh, how I loved watching those gold stars line up. AirBnB guests rate hosts with gold stars … Continue reading How Did I become a Superhost?
We should respect the cultures and traditions of the communities we visit, except when those mores and beliefs break down humanity. In 2002, my friend Nila and I lead a group of women to Kadavu, Fiji, for a Goddess retreat. We planned rituals to honor the four faces of the Goddess: Maiden, Enchantress, Mother and … Continue reading Responsible Travel
I glanced at Melinda’s email, “I am essentially dying,” and couldn’t read anymore, choosing to remember instead…. Melinda and I looked over an empty mountain meadow in the Los Angeles National Forest for Jimi Castillo, a Tongva spiritual leader, who had invited us to the Spiritual Naming & Tobacco Blessing Ceremony. Didn’t he say two-o’clock … Continue reading Melinda Listening Deer