by Wendy Strgar August 14, 2010
Voodoo Donuts is one block from the Embassy Suites here in Portland. This is the first big cultural sensation in Oregon that is sweeping the nation. The woman in front of me on line (which generally winds around the block ) is on a cross country trip from Florida. This was one of the stops on her list. Not quite like Rushmore, but the high-end, funky dessert craze sweeping the country is a movement of sorts. Situated in the heart of the sex bar industry, they are busy through the night, playing loud hard music so that it feels like a bar walking in; but the sweet dough smell contradicts.
Voodoo is a powerful idea to apply to donuts and it is strange that the wall you lean against is covered in miscellaneous famous obits. The fame, popularity and acclaim of the place is in its unique combination of authenticity and insanity. Bacon maple bars, raised donuts covered with fruit loops, chocolate strawberry coconut… The front wall was covered in donut options that you never considered before, which is why it takes the line so long to move.
The clan was overjoyed by the donut selection that arrived at the pool. I was glad to have had the chance to experience the voodoo magic in the neighborhood. Now I can finally answer yes when the umpteenth person asks me whether I have been to Voodoo. There are all kinds who wait outside the Voodoo donut shop late into the night. This is a big part of the magic; that donuts are enough to pull together such a wide range of people hour after hour. People come all the way from Florida for a donut.
I am not sure if Goethe was thinking of a magical donut shop when he made his statement above, but the truth is that anything you believe in, any act you take with your whole heart carries the magic that makes grace in your life and defines personal power, even serious donuts.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.