Starrdust: Reflections

There is no doubt we are living in extreme times, but before I go there, let me offer context. As I consider the topic “Reflection” for this edition of Garden Spices Magazine, I go to the dictionary. So many times I have pasted meaning upon words, thoughts, emotions, circumstances,…

This Issue: Anniversary Reflection!

Happy Anniversary! Reflection is the word, and when I look back upon the 3 years of serving our readers, I am reminded of how our journey began. It started with one word, “diversity.” My spirit called upon me to speak from the voices of every age, color, faith,…

Reflections…on family, fathers, and soft landings

Meet my father Nathaniel (Jake) Box, my nephew, Kelley Hudson, Shawna Young, and my uncle, Leotis (Red) Box Shawna’s graduation Battle Creek Central High School, June 1995 As Father’s Day approaches, the debate intensifies about Missing-In-Action fathers. Deadbeat dads. What useful nugget can I add to the conversation…

Hello World: Memories of My Father

Hello World, These musings are dedicated to my family’s memories of my father and his love of bright sunshine, children, poetry, art, flowers, and trees. Math I always thought that my father was the smartest person I knew. He freely and cheerfully offered his expertise about issues ranging…

Goin’ In: Witnessing Youth Jump Overboard

 I believe that our life experiences are cyclical and I believe unresolved problems often return to us cleverly disguised as something else.  I’m particularly fond of the Sankofa bird. It is one of the sixty-three Adinkra symbols of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa is a bird…

Sarin’s Thai: Tom Yum Koong

Tom Yum Koong Ingredients: 12 medium-size shrimps, deveined – Leave tails on for appearance 10 Shitake or Portebello mushrooms 1 stalk of lemon grass (lightly pounded and cut into 2″ long) 3 lime leaves 1 teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons of fish sauce 3 tablespoons of lime juice…

Reflections… a tool for growth

“…his eyes gleamed in the reflected light … imagine the joy when knowing the Truth…” Reflect on the future. Does that make sense? Does reflection have ground rules and restrictions, or is reflection an open field of intimate psychology? In a quiet space, as I meditate, I find…

Look in the Mirror

“My son. Don’t compare yourself with other boys. You are different.” Dear Dad, I would like you to know that Everything you wanted to say but couldn’t; Every tear you cried behind closed doors; Every call you never picked up because you couldn’t; Every thought that you had…

New Directions: Remembrance and Reflection

  Recently I had the good fortune to attend an Energy Medicine Mastery seminar in St. Petersburg, Florida that covered information regarding heart health. We were taught a number of techniques to keep the heart healthy as well as to recover from challenges we might be facing along…

Alex Wilhite: An Artist with Alabama Roots

“Melting Arctic”* Oil and Encaustic on Wood 24” x 18” x 1.5” 2016 Alex Wilhite, MFA The film, Muscle Shoals, blames the Singing River for attracting and enhancing the talented artists to the Shoals area. Tuscumbia AL, in the Shoals, was the birthplace of artist, philosopher, and activist,…