Art

Shelter: Healing Self-Portraits of Victoria Lee Antoine-Fisher

Actually, I discovered her dramatic artwork at a First Friday art walk in Florence, AL.  When searching for someone to format my book and to do promotional artwork, I remembered Victoria Lee Antoine-Fisher.  Her artwork was compelling and her spirit was warm and strong.  She continues to impact…

Lena & Me: Christopher Smith

Our Guest Contributor, artist, Alex Wilhite burned Messenger up, strongly encouraging me to “Friend” a performance artist named Christopher Smith. “He’s from Chicago!” What’s so special about this guy, I’m wondering. Then, I browse his Facebook page. Yes, Smith is from Chicago, but Smith is also black, deaf,…

Sheltering Spirit: Art by Omileye

  “Dancing With Creation”       -YeYe Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis Yeye Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis M.Ed, NCC, LPCA is often referred to as an old spirit in a modern world who travels to local and international communities sharing universal and indigenous ceremonies and wisdom teachings which nurture compassion, oneness, balance…

From Frank Malaba’s Prosetry: Worth

August 5, 2018 Worth There is a place where hurt sits in the cradle of our souls. It gets deposited there and is pressed in. Once in a while, a cleansing occurs. Almost like how a refiner’s fire separates the gunk from pure gold. We use the treasurable…

BEING REBORN CULTURALLY

I have explored other cultures with the knowledge that they will be quite different from my own upbringing.  What is culture?  I would maintain that we all grow up in a particular community and national culture which has its own styles, conditionings, and attitudes.  Many people don’t ever…

Hearts, Breaths & Syllables

Let us not die before we live. Let us not fear pain that sometimes bridles passion. The girths of our hearts are emblazoned with scars that will never heal but grow us. We are tenacious in our weakness in a world that has loved us little and yet…

Post from Omileye: Diversity Through the Feminine

This is another older painting depicting diversity through the feminine – where Osun is depicted as one her Tibetan forms, Green Tara “one who delivers swiftly”. Green Tara is the fiercer side of Osun and more Oya like. White Tara and Osun share many of the same qualities,…

Tikkun Olam: Phil Abroms

Tikkun Olam, which means repair the world, is vital to the Jewish culture. It embraces the love of family, giving back to the community. Phil Abroms practices Tikkun Olam. Turn a corner at any event in the Shoals area, and you will find a smile and a camera…

Give Me Vitality

Health? Hah! Turn mine up. Give me vitality. Let me always remember, My wholeness is greater Than the sum of my parts. My wholeness is the Whole. Life lives in me. Life lives as me. Let me bloom, flourish, abound. Life-force abides and expresses Right where I am…

Reflections

The milk I poured into my cereal was laced with suicidal thoughts, It choked the goodness out of the fine slivers of almond that punctuated My honey toasted muesli. The steam from my honey sweetened rooibos whispered damp unworthiness that Seeped into my very core. I could not…