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Thank you, Larry Harvey ~

THANK YOU, LARRY HARVEY. Thank you for following through with an idea to build a man out of driftwood and burn him out at Baker Beach during the summer solstice of 1986. And thank you for rolling with that idea as it became Burning Man and got bigger and bigger and grew and changed in the thirty-two years since. Burning Man is the Weirdo Convention. Burning Man is my Weirdo Convention. Going out to the […]

The Temple Of The Inner Bitch Wrap-Up

For six months this year, I thought of nothing else except The Temple Of The Inner Bitch . . . The early days I did drawings and designed, built cardboard mock-ups, learned CAD software and got really good at sourcing strange, exotic materials. I even dreamed about the Temple in my sleep. Then came the hard, hot physical work in the dead of New Orleans summer – puttying, hand-sanding, primering, painting . . . designing […]

Transformation OR How Sh!t Grows The Prettiest Flowers

How does one transform themselves? It’s not an easy thing to do. The modern world demands that we be the masters of transforming ourselves. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty, and this number is projected to grow. Forrester Research predicts that today’s youngest workers will hold twelve to fifteen jobs in their lifetime.

But I’m not just talking about jobs. The need to constantly transform ourselves across all areas of life […]

I Love You Guys – Thanks For Being My Community


I’ve never made any kind of art this big before. When I got the acceptance email for The Temple Of The Inner Bitch shrine back in March of this year, I was immediately nauseous – and the feeling didn’t break for almost a week. Then I realized the nausea was FEAR and that I needed to re-frame that fear if I wanted my project to be successful. So every single time my stomach lurched, (which […]

Announcing! A Temple To Celebrate Your Inner Bitch

I’ve had an idea about building The Temple Of The Inner Bitch for about a decade now. It would be a place where you can come and worship, celebrate, meditate and contemplate Your Inner Bitch, whatever that means to you. Of course, I wanted to build this as an art piece and take it Burning Man, the yearly arts festival in the Nevada desert. Well guess what, Bitches?!

It’s […]

How To Make New Friends Via Ceramic Duck Larceny

Hey so, in case you’ve been under a rock and didn’t know . . . I now live in New Orleans, in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. I’m pretty good at making new friends, but I thought I’d tell you all about this new friend-making technique that worked well for me.

One of three blighted properties next door. The one-legged junkie named Clarence usually sleeps in there.

Our new […]

My Most Important Blog Post You’ll Ever Read

I have a secret. Imagine me whispering it in your ear. Because I sure as hell can’t say it out loud.

I haven’t written for almost a year. An entire year. And I’m not just talking about this blog. I pretty much gave up writing a year ago. I told myself, “I’ll get back to it.” But I haven’t. If you’ve asked me how my writing is going in the past year, whatever I told you […]

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Heartbroken To Tell You I’m Leaving LA

I’ve been nauseous all day trying to write this post. But first, let’s go way back . . .

Way back at the turn of the century, as I prepared to leave Nashville for Los Angeles, my dad and I stood outside together looking up at the night sky.

“You know because of light pollution that you won’t be able to see any stars out there in Los Angeles, right?” he said.

The Unsolicited Directors Of Entertainment

So, Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are crawling with private resorts. Our first apartment in Playa was right behind a giant all-inclusive resort. Of course, this made us curious about the place. But at over $100USD for a day pass, we weren’t curious enough to drop that kind of money.

We joked around with our Canadian neighbors about sneaking in. Now, before you judge me – I made it clear to everyone […]

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How To Save Money For Your Travel

We bankroll our adventures by having clear, focused financial goals. There’s no one right way to do it, but here are some quick tips that have worked for us.

We planned for years – both for the travel and a way to sustain it once we hit the road. We traveled the entire first year of our relationship way back in 2008-09. So we knew we were compatible together for long term travel – […]

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