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We’re highlighting a bunch of our favorite artists, healers, and other luminaries who will be teaching workshops at the BUST School for Creative Living at the BUST Holiday Craftacular on December 8 and 9 at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. One of the teachers is Jordan Catherine Pagán, a Brooklyn-based healer, medicine maker, and expert in all things Reiki, herbal medicine, and Tarot. We caught up with Jordan to chat about her career, the roles that nature and Tarot can play in the...

No shade to other dating sites, or people who use them, but it can’t be just me who feels strangely out of place cruising the depths of Tinder for three hours before abruptly deleting it for six months. Honestly, it might just be a compatibility issue. I’m not sure traditional dating apps like Tinder actually have anything I want... some might say we just weren’t meant to be. When I reflect on my true desires for connection, I find a narrative that is so much more...
  If we are curious about the origin and characteristics of an animal today, we look it up on the internet. Decades ago, we would have used an encyclopedia for such research. In the early 19th century, however, there were handy books like Peter Parley’s Tales of Animals: Comprising Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, and Insects (1835). In this fascinating book, the early 19th century researcher could learn about such animals as the “Ourang-Outang” and become acquainted with what the author declares are “astonishing facts” and “deep...
Before the dawn of parabens and sulfates, plants and herbs were the foundation of one’s grooming and medicinal rituals. The ancient Greeks achieved the perfect cheek and lip stains by mashing up berries or beets. It’s rumored that Cleopatra moisturized with hemp seed oil and Marie Antoinette kept her hands soft by sleeping in gloves containing a mixture of rose water, wax, and sweet almond oil. And aside from being the first civilization to provide mandatory education for all children, the ancient Aztecs also practiced...
I have some seriously painful menstrual cramps, but I don’t like to rely on pill popping to ease the anguish. That’s why I was so psyched when I tried Crampy Belly Rub ($13.50 for 2 oz., littlemoonessentials.com), a topical treatment that includes camphor, clary sage, and wintergreen essential oils. Less than a minute after rubbing a little of this massage oil on my belly where the pain was, I felt sweet relief. I have only one complaint, and it’s their product description: “Allow this oil...
Travelers come in all shapes and sizes, but airline seats, sadly, do not. I can personally attest to this, as a plus-sized woman who’s been squashed into tight spaces en route. Suffering in silence makes for a lousy trip, so read on for my best advice, plus some pro tips from a few fat-acceptance authors and bloggers. Who says big girls don’t fly? Research before you book  Not all seats, planes, or airlines are created equal. Aircraft size matters. Smaller planes usually have smaller seats. And while...

Known for its past as an audacious gambling hub complete with brightly lit neon-signed motels, Reno has evolved beyond its “smaller Vegas” stereotype to host a thriving and dynamic arts culture (thanks, in part, to its proximity to Burning Man). Stay away from the gaudy nightlife of the casinos and instead dive straight into the heart of the city, where locals are friendly and good times are aplenty. The DeLuxe FOOD + DRINKS To indulge like a true local, head to The Little Nugget (233 N. Virginia St.),...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with three broken ribs, following a fall in her Supreme Court office Wednesday, reports CNN. According to the Court’s statement, RBG reported discomfort after returning home and was admitted the next morning to George Washington University “for observation and treatment."  Immediately, devotees of Notorious RBG—as she is fondly know— offered their own ribs and threatened to sequester RBG in a 20-foot-thick bubble wrap for the next two years. Panic jokes aside, the alarm is valid: at 85, she’s the court’s oldest member...
In the weeks after doomsday (aka the 2016 presidential election), Liz Alpern felt all the feels—confusion, fear, blindsided despair. So she looked for comfort in the things she knows best: food and community. Alpern, 33, is a business owner, food educator (she co-runs The Gefilteria, an artisanal Jewish food company), and organizing powerhouse within Brooklyn’s queer community. And she had a hunch that soup might serve as the healing balm and rallying force she and others needed. “I’d always dreamed of hosting a queer soup pop-up,”...
Tarot is a form of divination that helps guide seekers on an inward journey, leading to a complete understanding of current situations. The Tarot deck consists of 78 cards (22 Major Arcana cards, which show us important themes in the reading, and 56 Minor Arcana cards, or Suits, which explain the core details of the matters). Used for centuries, Tarot can provide insight into matters that other forms of divination cannot, therefore, it is known as one of the most insightful and beautiful connections to...