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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

A friend of mine recently called my attention to the Nora Sagal version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” featured in the movie Monument Men. It’s a beautiful version, and her husky voice suits the slow acapella arrangement. However, the definitive for me will always be Judy Garland’s original from Meet Me in St. … Continue reading



Curt and I got engaged a month ago, on November 15, 2011. We chose the sapphire because it was the best fit: literally, yes, as it didn’t have to be resized. But I liked the way the stone’s color stood out with my skin tone. How it looks like a little bridge on my finger, … Continue reading

About Unveiling Aphrodite

Unveiling Aphrodite began as The Soul Mate Project, a blog and survey designed to understand my concept of “soul mates” after the person I had once designated as my soul mate died suddenly in a car accident. After polling my friend group for their definitions of “soul mate” and their ideas on what books, films, … Continue reading

Making connections: an introduction

I am using my blog to explore four main projects: Retrieving Hestia: A project exploring the subjects of food, family, and home. In this study, I look at how food, family, and home are portrayed in reality TV competition shows, memoirs, food history, and anthropological food studies. Unveiling Aphrodite: A continuation of my Goddard study, … Continue reading

Before Sunrise soul talk

In Before Sunrise Jesse (Ethan Hawke) makes this interesting point about souls: 50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there’s, like, two million people on the planet. Now there’s between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own, … Continue reading

Midnight Radio

I know a number of my posts so far have to do with Hedwig and the Angry Inch , but I have to admit that I see her journey as a metaphor, parallel for this entire project. She sees herself as someone who believes in magic, the fatalistic undertones that play the soundtrack of her … Continue reading

Hedwig: East Meets West

In Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hedwig is first described “like [the] Berlin Wall/standing before you in the divide/between East and West.” (opening song, “Tear Me Down.” For those of you who don’t know Hedwig, she’s (in short) a transsexual who’s sex change operation got botched, leaving her with “an angry inch.” One of the … Continue reading

On Marriage

I am currently reading Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, the conversation he had with Bill Moyers, and am fascinated by his thoughts on marriage: “What is marriage? The myth tells you what it is. It’s the reunion of the separated duad. Originally you were one. You are now two in the world, but the … Continue reading

Joseph Campbell, On Marriage

“Marriage is a relationship. When you make the sacrifice in a marriage, you’re sacrificing ot to each other but to unity in a relationship. The Chinese image of the Tao, with the dark and light interacting – that’s the relationship of yang and yin, male and female, which is what a marriage is. And that’s … Continue reading

East vs. West

The other day I was doing my Osho Zen Tarot cards, a game that I often use to clarify my state of mind, or at least chill me out for the moment. The particular card that stood out to me was Abundance, or the King of Rainbows. The figure in the card is one that … Continue reading