The Importance of Completion

Within the Creative Cycles lies completion. This hidden process serves as a key to our motivational process. Without this motivational element, nothing would eventually be done. Human civilization would come to a halt, or at least drag itself on, unless completion was an aspect of civilian life. It’s…

This Issue: Closure!

The question is, do we ever have closure, or are we perpetually open to new understandings about past relationships, events, and circumstances?  This topic was suggested by Contributor, Dr. Robert Yarbrough, aka, Rev. Bobby, and as usual, we have a myriad of perspectives on how closure has shown…

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Healing Comes

How long does it take to complete a traumatic childhood event to the point of healing? Allow me to submit that specific conditions often determine the length of time. In one particular case it definitively took exactly 65 years. That far exceeds what some would consider reasonable. Smiling…

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A Case of Carson

What happens when an eclectic style maven has a fire in her home and loses her clothes?  In the case of  Carson Traylor, she turned her closet upside down, cleaned what she could of her collection, wore whatever people gave her with ease, and went right on steppin’.”I…

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Forward March!

Have you ever been late with your Garden Spices article and see Vicki looking over her glasses in your mind? You start to write but something is slowing the speed in which your computer is running and you look up and realize that eight windows are open with…

In the Flow

  The definition of closure varies from person to person, but it always embodies a sense of finality.  When I was younger (and by younger I mean a couple years ago), I HAD to know the reasons for everything.  I demanded closure.  If a boyfriend broke up with…

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Rhonda Ingersol Hardy and Her Bronzeville Babies

Alice Suell, born 1910 in Vidalia Louisiana, was an active member of Olivet Baptist Church: “In 1938 I waited anxiously in the crowded Chicago Union train station for my four young sons who had traveled on their own from Louisiana. I had been in Chicago for one year…

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My Dream – Creative Closure

To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me- That is my dream! Excerpt from Dream Variations, Sweet…

“Tears of the South China Sea”

Excerpt from a witness from the Hue Massacre: “…a squad with a death order entered the home of a prominent community leader and shot him, his wife, his married son and daughter-in-law, his young unmarried daughter, a male and female servant and their baby. The family cat was…

Block of Code

A closure is a block of code. Code is a system of rules to convert information into other forms. This is not the more associated meaning of closure but I found it appropriate to explore for this article. “Closures are functions that refer to independent (free) variables. In other words, the function defined in…