May, 2015

Sibling Joy / Creative Forces

Christopher Statham and Stephanie Willoughby have been linked to Garden Spices since the gate opened for our first issue. Stephanie (34) and Christopher (31), have also been linked together in laughter, love, and joy since they first saw on each other — they are siblings! They are Chicagoans…

Creative Force: Christopher Statham

Christopher Statham had already demonstrated skills in designing, with the likes of President Clinton, Oscar De La Renta, Anna Wintour, and fashion magazines viewing his Parsons senior thesis collection.  He has since worked for Bergdorf  and Oscar De La Renta, and other fashion houses, but says  this comment sparked…

Creative Force: Stephanie Willoughby

Stephanie Willoughby has always been comfortable with a camera in her hands. Originally from Chicago, she honed her production skills at NYU and since then, has been on many a production team, but the love of telling a story through pictures was what initiated work that would touch…

Both Sides of Joy

Happiness, joy and bliss hold very unique perspectives. Though interchangeable, each carries a significant attribute. It can be ascertained that there exists a hierarchy—levels of sensation—within rapture, namely: happiness, joy and bliss. Respectively, they are sequential, practically speaking. Though, if you meet God somewhere, I trust you’d go…

Sing, Shout, Jump, Clap!

Joy!  The word itself evokes a feeling of euphoria, of wonder, of happiness!  It makes us want to sing, shout and jump for Joy! In elementary school, we would gather each morning for chapel.  It was actually a short song service, a message from our principal and then…

Because It Feels Better

I’ll admit, this topic has put a slow on my creative flow. Having said that, I find it sad that such a positive topic comes to me slowly. Shows one where the focus is, doesn’t it? When I heard I needed to write about joy, I wasn’t sure…

Bottomline Productions: Smile

– Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in LA.  Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Starrdust: Lose the Tube, Gain Your Life

Almost four months – that’s how long it has been since we gave up television. I’m going to tell you what that action has done for our home, but first, some background. The realization of how many hours I have spent in front of a television, mostly watching…

Unjoy: Have You Seen My Humor?

Sometimes we humans lapse into periods of emotional darkness that some call the “dark night of the soul” or what I now call a birthing process known as unjoy times. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often for a busy Sagittarian like me, but for now it seems, astrologically…

A Journey into Newness

Joy shows up in different ways at different times. At this moment, as I am writing and for the next two weeks, my daughter and son-in-law are experiencing delight, pleasure, bliss, glee, exuberance, happiness, as they are practicing their dream of living full-time in a 5th wheel recreational…