What does it mean to me to be an eel woman? It means I’m willing to look beyond the surfaces that society has labeled ugly or scary to find the beautiful and sacred. It means joining my strengths of art, biology and education to help shape a better world for our children. It means making new mistakes and learning from them. It means throwing my anxious self into the uncertain and murky waters of life and learning, even if it scares the pee out of me. Actually, especially if it scares me if there is the potential to do some good that is bigger than me. It means laying myself belly up to the embarrassing knife of truth to help others see more clearly their own invulnerability and connection to all life. It means trying not to die dancing or laughing . . . until it’s time.