On Diwali: Glorious, Magical, Bittersweet


It's Diwali, and with that comes so much light and love and happiness for me as a Hindu. I continually learn about elements of my faith with each passing holiday, so I always have a hard time explaining Diwali to other people, but the most beautiful thing for me about Hinduism is that I feel... Continue Reading →

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God Bless You All (Day 3)


Religion in India is a way of life, and the people here practice it with an intensity I've never experienced before in America. We went to a Catholic cathedral today and I was almost in tears because everyone there was so focused on their devotion. It was a truly beautiful thing to see. The churches... Continue Reading →

Champa


If words were fragrant my poems would smell like champa flowers. Heady, deep and sweet, they smell like -- The moment I knew I would grow up My daydreams of adventure The dark room I adopted in my adolescence The isolation I felt as I became someone no one else had known The reason for... Continue Reading →

The Sound of the Universe, Permanently ॐ


Om. Spoken as three syllables. Symbolizing the beginning, duration, and dissolution of the universe. Representing Brama, Vishnu, and Shiva. The vibration of the universe. The most beautiful sound and feeling in existence, all-encompassing and absolute. I've never felt more from one symbol in my life, but as I became familiar with the om symbol, I... Continue Reading →

The Founding Fathers Wore Wigs


Remember why we had the Revolutionary War in the first place? Remember why the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence? It wasn't so you could make people say the Lord's Prayer at football games. It was so we could all practice our religions (or non-religions) with freedom, without being persecuted for those beliefs. Yes,... Continue Reading →

I’ve Been Thinking…


I've been absent for a few (three) weeks. Not that any of you noticed. I received no postcards saying that you wished I would come back, no comments on posts asking if I was dead, no knocks on my door from you (okay, thank goodness to that last one). So here's what I've done in... Continue Reading →

Saint Cappy’s Day


Hi y'all! It's officially Saint Cappy's Day, as mentioned previously in this post. Since Saint Cappy's day is all about celebrating yourself, I thought I'd give y'all a few reasons to love being single: 1. Some people have arranged marriages. At least you don't have to deal with Derk and his 12 goats buying you... Continue Reading →

All We Are Saying…


Sometimes, I wonder if there will ever be world peace. Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be total equality. Sometimes I wonder if everyone will just shut up and love one another instead of pointing fingers and hating and destroying. I'm one of the most optimistic people I know, but sometimes it all just seems... Continue Reading →

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