July, 2015

Garden Spices Magazine Anniversary Issue: POWER

Last year, Garden Spices embarked upon a mission: … to explore and celebrate diversity through the lens of people of various ethnicity, beliefs, genders, physical and mental abilities in hopes of finding the core of understanding and realization that we are all part of a universal garden. A year later, I am…

Starrdust: The Power of Adora

For this Anniversary Edition of Garden Spices Magazine, the theme is “Power.”  Now, my column hasn’t always followed the theme for each particular edition, so this time I not only wanted to follow the theme, but I also wanted to incorporate it into the essence of Garden Spices…

Hello, World!

Today, I feel a need for a Multiple Sclerosis rant. Feeling Sorry for Myself At the risk of seeming solipsistic, I want to say that this issue’s topic (Power) seems like a cruel joke. I have been furious recently about my lack of power and control over my…

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 7 minutes Total Time: 17 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound fresh asparagus, washed and ends trimmed 1/2 pound prosciutto, sliced into strips lengthwise (about an inch wide per strip) Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions: Preheat broiler to…

Hate Will Not Win

My heart aches for the victims and the loved ones of the shooting at the church in South Carolina yesterday. Who takes the lives of people in a sacred place or children in schools or people who are out to a movie with their families or friends and…

New Directions: An Astrological Perspective

When I received “the word” for this issue of Garden Spices, I must say my first reaction was not a positive one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, one of my first studies outside of a traditional education was and still is astrology.  From that…

When Surrender is Victory

There is one thing about the Phoenix out of the Ashes scenario that we so often overlook. The phoenix willingly steps into its nest and fully abandons itself to the all-consuming fire, only to rise up out of the ashes as a glorious and empowered phoenix with the…

The Art of Pepe Villegas

“Art is a perceptible proof of an inner collaboration” and I testify it through this extraordinary gift that fills my being with inspiration and spreads like a sweet virus as I give it away with enthusiasm. – Pepe Villegas “I Choose to see Only with Eyes of Love” Inner…

Visionary: Jeremiah Welch

Market Square in Knoxville, TN delivered a wonderful Saturday visit for my friends and me. Shops, restaurants, and market vendors were flavorful, and the small city park with inviting landscape, hosted a number of city sculptures. At the park, a small group of colorful young people gathered in…

Jimmi wZ

I met James Michael Wisnewscki, aka, Jimmi wZ at an artists gathering, here in Florence, AL.  He walked in, sat down, and started to play his singing bowl.  Afterwards,  we entered into conversation about spirituality and traveling.  Then, he showed me his bags, and my heart began to…