A Maid in Mumbai

Mumbai households could not survive without the army of ladies who service the homes as housemaids or “bais” as they are called in Marathi. (In Rajasthani a “bai” is a girl or a daughter.) These young ladies are often the sole breadwinners of their homes. They are married…

This Issue: Time!

This issue: Time! It’s time for our annual blessing: We wish you Happy Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Id al-Fitr, Yule, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa! With loads of gratitude, these wishes extend from our hearts but are the extent to which Garden Spices addresses the upcoming holidays. However,…

A Time: How Irma Kendrick Influenced My Life

When my uncle, Griff Kendrick, a Korean War veteran and accounting graduate of Lincoln University in Missouri, decided to marry a skinny little co-ed he met at Lincoln instead of one of the ‘sisters’ from my hometown area, we just could not understand it! Over the years we…

Ana’s Angioma Journey – 9/9/2019

‎ It’s been an unusual few days for me…I’ve been a bit emotional as the calendar moved forward and my mind kept wanting to look back, but inside I know I have to keep moving forward, but learn from the past. September has been full of big shifts…

Goin’ In: It’s Time for A Family Meeting

  African American families used to have family meetings to figure out the issues, determine the steps needed to shore up the crumbling family infrastructure, and then hold people accountable for the improvements. Now keeping in mind—these weren’t long meetings. The meetings weren’t for blaming or shaming people…

Running Out of Time

  Time goes, you say? Ah, no! alas, time stays, we go. –Henry Austin Dobson I’VE RECENTLY BEGUN TO ASK MYSELF IF I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME. During the play Hamilton, the hip-hop version of the life of American statesman Alexander Hamilton, I was struck by the lyrical thread…

Sarin’s Thai: Wasabi Salmon

Wasabi Salmon Ingredients 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon wasabi powder (dried Japanese horseradish) or Wasabi in a jar 1 teaspoon fresh or pickled ginger 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil 2(6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick) Cooking spray 3 finely chopped green onions 2 tomatoes…

New Directions: My Take on Time

  What a great keyword for this issue to segue into one of my favorite subjects and one that I have been studying for more than 40 years. For those of you who know me, you would guess – Astrology – and you would be right. Most people…

It’s Non-refundable 

  With most things in life, there’s a receipt or a chance to get a refund. There’s only one thing (as far as I’m concerned) that cannot be redeemed, and that’s time. It’s my most precious commodity, and believe me, I treat it accordingly, and I don’t let…

A Walk Through Time

It was the perfect fall day in the US capital, Washington, DC. With a little over a couple of hours to spare before an appointment, I summoned a ride to a sacred place for a walk through time.  Within 20 minutes I was being ushered by the crowd…