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Mother's Day was on Sunday, but we're celebrating the powerful women in our lives all week. And now, it’s time we took a look back in mythological history and paid tribute to 4 strong mythological maternal goddesses who remain the most revered figures of all time. Terra Simply put, Terra (the Roman equivalent of Gaia) is “Mother Earth.” She is the ancestral goddess and mother of all living things. She is the creator of all life, trees, flowers, water, and everything we need to survive. She is...
    Ranging from the desperately passionate to the treacly sweet, historical love letters are as informative as they are entertaining. But who amongst our favorite figures of the 19th century penned the most heart melting missives? Naturally, one would assume the honors for this would go to Byron, Keats, or Shelley. Their love letters were sublime, there is no doubt. However, if you have a yen to read truly smoldering love letters, might I suggest a gentleman who, when not busy conquering the world, expended his...
  Cereal Killer TAKE SOME NOSTALGIC BREAKFAST STAPLES ON A NEW CULINARY ADVENTURE Last year marked my 30th as a caterer (and my 20th writing for BUST!). One thing I’ve learned is that adults love to be treated like children, and nothing feeds your inner child more than eating classic breakfast cereals in unexpected ways. Here are some delicious dishes to get your kid on. Corn Flake-Crusted Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fritters Boil a 16-ounce package of elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside. In a deep,...
Bees may be tiny but they sure are mighty: they play a major role in our environmental balance and pollinate one-third of our food supply. They’re also dying at an unprecedented rate due to disease, pesticides, colony collapse, and climate change. Carly Stein has first-hand experience with bees’ life-altering effects. She was studying abroad and suffering from a severe case of tonsillitis when an Italian pharmacist recommended propolis, a protective substance made by bees to line hive walls, which quickly cured her. Unable to find...
  If you were to ask 12-year-old me who I most admired in the world, the answer would be simple: 16-year-old girls. As a tender tween, my fervent, obsessive admiration for “older girls” was rooted in my desire to be them. I didn’t just want to look like them, though I did envy their low-rise jeans and stick-straight hair with frightening intensity. I wanted to know what I imagined they knew. In my mind, there was nothing more intimate, more coveted, or more inaccessible than what these...
“The abrupt violation of the decencies of social existence is one of the most annoying consequences of coughing and sneezing.” -Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 1844. The cold that’s going around this season is intense. As of today, I’ve had it for two weeks. Between the coughing, congestion, and laryngitis, it’s been difficult to function. One wonders how our nineteenth century forbears managed in similar circumstances. Did they take to their beds and slowly succumb? Or were there plasters and potions to help them through...
April 29th marks the beginning of Saturn’s yearly retrograde motion in the sign of earthy Capricorn. Once a year, Saturn moonwalks in the sky. This year, the backwards march starts April 29th and lasts until September 18th. The pre-retrograde phase began January 22nd and the post-retrograde shadow will end December 24th. During this time, we will all be reminded of our relationship with authority (think bosses, parental figures, and disciplinarians), as well as commitments to others, in terms of partnerships. Contrary to popular belief, Saturn retrograde...
The life of a freelance writer may not be the most rewarding one financially — but it certainly provides some fascinating experiences. I was browsing through the racks in a musty CD store in New York’s east village one afternoon in December of 2005 when I got a call from a friend of mine who is also a writer-producer. He said that the radio network he works for was trying to secure an interview with Maya Angelou for the next morning. If they got it, they would...
A few hours from Los Angeles, 40 minutes north of Palm Springs, is the Morongo Basin, home to a handful of high desert small towns that act as an escape for city folk and boast a community of artists and outdoors lovers. Places like Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Landers, and Twentynine Palms are notoriously affordable by Southern California standards, making them a draw for many women—a cool, safe place where we can also own property. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the...
There was no official Earth Day in the 19th century, but scholars, essayists, and theologians often pondered the solemn duty that man owed to the natural world. Admittedly, these ponderings were not generally focused on environmental issues such as the effects of greenhouse gases. Instead, those in the 19th century—and Victorians especially—focused on conservation and man’s treatment of animals. The 19th century was a turning point in terms of how Western society viewed the treatment of animals. In 1800, the first anti-cruelty bill was introduced into...