May, 2015

This Issue: JOY!!

We are grabbing it by the handfuls.  “Delight, pleasure, bliss, glee, exuberance, happiness, treasure, wonder, treat, prize… so many words to express JOY, ” according to Managing Editor, Pratik Mamtora.  Garden Spices feels it through honoring our family, through our spiritual walk, remembrances, and in the case of…

Vegetable Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi recipes originally appeared in cookbooks of the British Raj as a way of using up leftovers by frying them in chili and onion. This English language usage derived from the colloquial Bengali word jhālpharezī: in Bengali, jhāl means spicy food; in Urdu/Persian, parhezī means suitable for a…

I Am What You Say I’m Not

I am what you say I’m not A more physiological reasoning in which my mind is telling me otherwise So I am my spiritual giver’s purpose of the life that was given unto me I am a deeper meaning of amazement My outer flesh shows only parts of…

Goin’ In: Battle With Joy

Because you don’t see my scars does not mean I am not hurt. Because I am not lying on a hospital bed does not mean I am not ill. Because an IV is not plugged into my body does not mean I am not suffering. Because you can’t…

Becoming An Ageless Queen!

The buried poet has decided to come out and play this month. Numerology says that my current double-digit age, combined a certain way, becomes the prime number 3. The attributes of which are completion, perfection and unity. Distilling my essence to a number that cannot be divided equally…

New Directions: Simple Pleasures

When I think about joy, I always think about my mother.  While she was a complex person and we had many disagreements throughout our life together, the one thing I always think of first is her laughter and her pleasure in the simplest of things.  That is also…

Life Is Joy! Joy Is Life! Or Is It?

While I sit here writing this story, workmen are installing a new heat pump in my home.   It comes complete with a 12 year parts & labor warranty.  That is, as long as you continue to have it inspected twice a year by the installer or dealer of the unit.  First…

Leadership Is an Aspect of a Purposeful Life

Every day I am saddened by news that flashes through our print and electronic media about the myriad of problems that our world faces. I am aware that there has been concern by world citizens on what needs to be done. However the suggestions that emanate from this…

Sticky Wisdom to Live By

Sometimes, when I need a little positive push—some encouragement, inspiration, motivation, or even just a reminder—I turn to quotes. Lately, there have been a few “sticky” words of wisdom to help remind me to “choose joy” on a daily basis. Trying to be happy without giving to others…

Ronnie Phillips, Artist

I took a picture of my favorite photograph.  My image is reflected in this photograph on my wall – this photo that touches my soul every day.  My Dad owned a shoe repair shop.  When the front glass cracked, it symbolized my dad letting go of his life…