Visceral Vibrations

A classical guitarist inhales the deep breath of a singer poised to belt out a note. A river of sound flows from his fingertips, rippling through the air, massaging the listener’s eardrums upon entry. Flamenco skirts and cobblestone streets take shape in the mind’s eye. The classical guitarist’s performance is not the dazzling spectacle of a rock star, but rather a rare invitation to peek … Continue reading Visceral Vibrations

The Silence: A Very Loud Poem

I pound on my drums Not to make sounds But to make silence. Silencing all the sounds I hate. The tom’s deep bellow drowns out Every insecure giggle Every unnecessary apology Every backhanded compliment. When I smash the hi-hat I shatter every alarm clock Every siren Every phone ringing. My foot does not kick the bass pedal. It kicks in the teeth of Every catcall, … Continue reading The Silence: A Very Loud Poem

Lazy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

This dish perfectly demonstrates how you can eat meatless without sacrificing flavor, fullness, or money. It doesn’t require weird ingredients, and it can be easily modified. Even carnivores will love it, you have my word. Prep Time: 25 minutes     Cook Time: 35 minutes Yield: 6 servings Ingredients: nonstick cooking spray 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced 1 … Continue reading Lazy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Sources of Protein

No one cares about your protein intake until they find out you don’t eat meat. Suddenly they get concerned. A prevalent misconception is that meat and eggs are the only sources of protein. WRONG. Way wrong. Plenty of foods contain more protein than meat without the unnecessary fat and cholesterol (and cruelty). For example: Dark, leafy greens: (Also chock full of vitamins A, D, & … Continue reading Vegan Sources of Protein


“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work here, because here, beneath the immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.”   -Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem When the Sierra Nevada vacation ended, I ran out of … Continue reading Whiplash