September, 2017

This Issue: Freedom (of Choice)

The truth is, we explored the topic, “Freedom” in a previous issue.  However my spirit spoke the word, and the writers had the option of choosing their own topic.  Most of them chose Freedom.  I know why; so much has transpired that challenges our sense of freedom.  We…

T-R-A-N-S-I-T-I-O-N-S

IN THE SPRING OF 2017 anxious to have more white space on the pages of my life, I decided to retire. Working in community relations, as I have for the past decade, is a labor of love but leaves very little time for the growing responsibilities of assisting…

A Fine Feast with Artist, P. J. Stewart

We had toured art galleries and shops throughout the prominent Bronzeville community in Chicago.  It was lovely to view so many works and wares steeped in rich culture, identifiably rooted from Africa.  We cut our tour short; it was a healthy appetizer.  We knew our feast awaited us…

Hoping Denver 2008 won’t be Chicago 1968

August 25, 2008 I have the dubious distinction of being one of the first journalists to be beaten by the Chicago police in 1968. My own personal cop clubbing came in a different era in a different city at a different Democratic National Convention. It was exactly 40…

Miracle

  In the moment I left my mother’s pink, velvet cocoon and its folds, I believe I arrived in this world fists clenched because I held onto what is rightfully mine without question… My dignity. In the new world we inhabit, a welcoming team awaits us to show…

Sarin’s Thai: Som Tom

Som Tom (Green Papaya Salad) Ingredients: 2 cups of shredded green papaya 1/2 cup carrots shredded 2 tbs of toasted peanuts 2 cloves of peeled garlic 1-2 fresh or dried chilli peppers 1 tbs of dried shrimp  1-1/2 TBS sugar 7 cherry tomatoes juice of ½ lime 1½…

New Directions: Is There Freedom of Choice?

What a tricky subject – a lot has been written on this subject. Many different opinions from none to 100% regarding our ability to choose. As a wellness coach, this subject truly intrigues me and I have done a great deal of research and study about it Like…

Freedom: Responding to the Call

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. ~Jeffrey Borenstein Dr. Robert D. Hill, when the director of research for the National Urban League, wrote The Strengths of Black Families (1972) to counteract the negative stereotypes of…

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray

  A story by Wanda Gail Campbell Many millions of years ago when God, Goddess, All That Is, whom we shall name GGATI, was thinking of creating humans, a call went out to all the animals of planet Earth for a brainstorming session. When they were gathered GGATI…

Just an Illusion

Transformation is an art, especially as it relates to furniture.  That weary cabinet, table, or chair that hears the call of a trash bin is rejuvenated, ready to live again. The wizard, Debra Flint-Salter, owner of Just an Illusion, does more than wave a wand to renovate furniture….