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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Hangry

Wandering around, taking it in, J. suddenly says the fatal words, “I’m hungry”. The anxiety in me ignites. We decide on a restaurant, but there is a 20-minute wait for a table. I see the shadow cross J’s face as he begins to pace around the hostess station. Agitation and desperation infiltrate his gait. I suggest we go to the bar. He snaps at me accusingly, “I don’t need to drink, Paulina, I need to eat!” I ignore him and walk to the bar. I order a mudslide and bring it over. He takes a sip. No sooner does the chocolate ice cream hit his tongue than I see a wave of calm wash over his face. The serotonin has been released and the beast is soothed. I can almost hear him purr. Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Date Night

“Paulina, there’s someone at the door for you and he is veeery handsome!” my roomate cooed. I grabbed my purse and walked down the stairs of the Seaport loft we shared. “Are you ready?” asked my date, smiling. The sleeves of his navy blue suit revealed just a glimpse of cufflink on his French cuffs when he opened the door to let me pass. Outside, he stepped to one side holding his hand out for me to hold as the driver held the limo door open. “West Broadway, Joe. The Odeon”. Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - The Most Precious Gift

I decided to make us a drawing of two yin-yang symbols in the shape of four Japanese fish. It would represent the choice we had every day to see things in terms of rhythms of light rather than binaries of judgment. Upright, the drawing looks like the number eight, as in the 8-fold path of Buddhism. When you turn the number eight sideways, it makes a mobius strip. I called the drawing, “Two Fish, Four Directions, Infinite Possibilities”. Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - The Light That Shines

An open heart shines light onto the world. The light that shone through J’s eyes that night reflected my own longing for someone to give all that I had stored in the dark recesses of my heart. Love that had been carelessly treated, thrown away, savagely threatened, or neglected lived there waiting for the person who could recognize and ignite it. J and I were reflections of each other. Somehow we had made it through the perilous journey to that point in time with our desire to give love still intact. Read More

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