Miami Beach, Florida, USA
October 08
The daughter of a Greek father and a Minnesotan mother, Eleni Gage has always been obsessed with cultural rituals and traditions. So it was an obvious decision for her to study Folklore and Mythology in college (although said parents hoped she’d choose something more practical…like English). Now a freelance writer and editor whose travel articles have appeared on the covers of Travel+Leisure, T, Budget Travel, and Town&Country Travel, Eleni has also contributed to Real Simple, Martha Stewart Weddings, the New York Times, Parade, and The American Scholar, and held staff positions at Allure, Elle, InStyle and People magazines. She is the author of the travel memoir North of Ithaka, which describes the year she spent living in a Greek mountain village overseeing the rebuilding of her grandparents house, and the upcoming Other Waters, which will be released by St. Martin’s Press in winter, 2011. Her first novel, Other Waters details the life of Maya Das, an Indian-American psychiatrist who thinks that her family has been cursed, as she strives to build one identity between two cultures. Eleni now lives in Miami Beach with her husband, a Nicaraguan coffee trader. She picked her wedding date a year before meeting him, with the help of an Indian astrologer who told her she’d marry a “soft-hearted businessman” on 10.10.10. This accurate prediction is one of the many events in Eleni’s life that have confirmed her belief that Folklore and Mythology, with its focus on ritual, tradition, and divination, is by far the most useful major she could have chosen.


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Ashton Kutcher—what were you thinking, dude?

I know it's hard to stay grounded when you're constantly surrounded by celebrities and security. But what part of you thought it would be a good idea to put on "brownface" and play a creepy would-be… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 11:49AM

Same Same, But Different

Almost exactly 10 years ago I had a cyst removed from my right ovary. It was discovered during my annual gynecologic exam, which I had scheduled early because I was about to move to Greece to oversee the rebuilding of my grandparents' house, which had fallen into ruin after the Greek/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 10:55AM

Motherhood's Greatest Hits

Bird's Eye View of Amalía

A couple of months ago a young male friend asked me, "How has motherhood changed you?"

I thought about it but I couldn't quite put into words how everything had changed, and yet, thankfully, I still felt like myself. But I wanted to give himRead full post »

JANUARY 24, 2012 2:21PM

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Logo from

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said "There are no second acts in American lives." But I suspect that's because he didn't know much about Chinese New Year. Personally, I never miss a chance to celebrate it because for me, the lunar new year, which … Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2012 10:50AM

Splitting Hairs

They say marriage is about compromise. My daughter is wearing ours on her head.

In Nicaragua, where my husband’s from, it’s customary to shave babies’ heads on the theory that their hair will grow in longer, lusher, and healthier.

In New York, where I’m from, it’sRead full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 9:40AM

Diving for Blessings

Angela Wylie's photo of Theophany in Australia from

I love Miami Beach, but I yearn for New York. Let's keep in mind that my people invented nostalgia. (The word comes from the ancient Greek nostos (homecoming) and algia (pain, think neuralgia or fibromyalgia). Given the… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 3:15PM

Luck Be A Lentil, Tonight

Lucky Marzipan pig from Amazon.comMy husband and I were already asleep by midnight this New Year's Eve. I like to think that's not because we're insanely boring but because our baby has been teething, so when she sleeps, we sleep. We did go to dinner, though, beforehand, at an Italian restaurant where the outdoor sea/Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2011 12:31PM

Away, in a Manger

Manger scene in the church of San FranciscoManger scene in the church of San Francisco

Some people are social conservatives; I'm a seasonal conservative. I insist that my family strictly adhere to every holiday observance, from putting the angel on the tree on Christmas Eve before attending the Christmas pageant at church, to stuffingRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 11:53AM

The Ghost of Christmas Cards Past










I'm sure by now you've all heard about the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's questionable Christmas card. And if not, and this is the first time you're seeing it, you're welcome. In an attempt to support the city's wildlRead full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 1:41PM

Nice Work if You Kin Get It

Image taken from Primal Blueprint Explorer

There may be a job shortage of epic proportions going on, but as the holiday season slouches towards us, it's clear that there's no shortage of kin work. "Kin work" is the term anthropologists use to describe the "conception, maintenance, and ritualRead full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 1:39PM

Nice Work if You Kin Get It

Image taken from Primal Blueprint Explorer

There may be a job shortage of epic proportions going on, but as the holiday season slouches towards us, it's clear that there's no shortage of kin work. "Kin work" is the term anthropologists use to describe the "conception, maintenance, and ritualRead full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 2:05PM

What's in a Name?

The first challenge of parenthood.

When I was a little girl someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I sat down and made a list. High on it (below "shoe-shopper" but above bookstore clerk) was the following ambition: I wanted to be in chargeRead full post »

There's a Yiddish saying that when man plans, God laughs. Apparently, when I plan, the laughter comes from my infant daughter Amalía, who was due to arrive in this world on August 19th, if not before, my doctors said, judging from her size. When I heard that, I began making plans./Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2011 5:06PM

Sibling Revelry

Raksha Bandhan image from

Are you ready for Raksha Bandhan? It's August 13th this year.

I know, that's still a few days away. But if you're not Hindu, and this is your first Raksha Bandhan, you might need some time to prepare yourself to celebrate. The way I understand it,Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2011 3:26PM

Beauty from Birth

Baby girl with earrings, from

At our childbirth prep class on Sunday I bravely asked the visiting pediatrician the question my husband wanted answered, but was too shy to articulate: When is it appropriate to pierce the baby's ears?

We had already covered how soon a ba

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JULY 28, 2011 9:50AM

Birth Control?

Christian Louboutins from

When my husband and I walked into the hospital-run birthing class last Sunday, carrying the yoga mat and two pillows we had been instructed to bring, there were lots of pregnant women in t-shirts and leggings. And then there was one pregnanRead full post »

Smackdown! Deng in action. Photo from

My parents are on vacation in Greece, so the multiple daily phone calls my mother and I codependently engage in have been replaced via email. Yesterday she emailed, "last night we went to dinner with two other couples and they all agreed

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Alexandre Cabanel's Oedipus Separating from Jocasta

At almost nine months pregnant (I'm pushing 35 weeks), I've been thinking a lot about Oedipus. Not because I'm carrying a son whom we plan to abandon in the mountains shortly after birth in order to avoid a prophecy that he will kill

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JUNE 17, 2011 10:59AM

The Time of My Life

On Wednesdays the City of Miami Beach screens a movie on the wall of the Frank Gehry-designedNew World Symphony Building, and, depending on what the flick is, my husband and I join hundreds of other Miami Beach residents in the park opposite the building to watch it. This Wednesday's had/

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My mom idolizes Jackie Kennedy. I assumed this was because, as a journalist in the 60s and 70s, she wrote or edited innumerable stories about Jackie's life, wardrobe, and shoe size (which is surprisingly large, my mama, Joanie, tells me). On our visits to New York she would point out the/Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2011 4:59PM

Have Ipod, Will Give Birth

"And how does hearing your awful labor story help me, exactly" t-shirt from

All the baby books, websites, and ads for childbirth prep classes that I read tend to harrumph, "Many expectant parents spend more time decorating the nursery than they do planning the birth!"

Well not us,

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MAY 26, 2011 11:16AM

Math is Hard


That's a misquote of the elusive "Teen Talk Barbie," which was recalled by Mattel in 1991 after public outcry deemed her shallow drivel (which included "Party dresses are fun! Do you have a crush on anybody?") antifeminist and damaging to children. What Barbie actually said was not

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APRIL 28, 2011 8:53AM

Will Kate Middleton Eat My Daughter?

That Royal Wedding, July 29, 1981, Getty Images / Fox Photos / Hulton Archive (borrowed from an page on Princess Diana's wedding photos).

This morning my mother apologized. It’s a rare occurrence, but what was even more remarkable was the topic about which she felt guilty. &ld

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An 1842 painting of Christ's entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte.

Many parts of Lent are solemn, and some are downright sad; I once saw a woman crying so much during a Good Friday service on the island of Corfu that I whispered to my mother, "You should tell her

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APRIL 13, 2011 11:42AM

Of Mercury and Money


Vintage ad borrowed from

One would think that money matters, being mathematical, are purely practical, as opposed to emotional or mystical. But one would be wrong.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, financial problems are the s

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