Art

PUERTO RICO: PEPE VILLEGAS

I asked Pepe Villegas to share his artwork dedicated to Puerto Rico, since the ravaging of this American island by  hurricane Maria.   This work needs no text; it reveals the pain of Maria, yet Puerto Rico emerging.-Victorine   Please send donations to Puerto Rico Recovery Fund – Pepe…

Frank Malaba: Soul Stirrings

 The ocean is a flapping endless salty fabric that sounds majestically in tune with its infinite purpose to remind me that all of life could easily be enveloped and silenced in one swipe. And yet the seagull’s squawk is allowed to dart in and out of its roar…

Kwong Chow Games

Garden Spices loves watching  Bernie’s muse, daughter, Garnet, as she grows.  She is in full dance gear for the gala of the Sports Day at Kwong Chow.  Dad is right there with his camera. – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Rhonda Hardy

You met Rhoda Hardy through her dolls, Bronzeville Beauties.  Of course, a sense of an artful space was to be expected, but the volume of color and dimension was explosively vibrant.  Space smaller, but widely welcoming. –Victorine                      …

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…

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…

Daughter of the Water, Woman of the Leopard

  James Robinson·Sunday, May 7, 2017   They say stars fell on Alabama, what a beautiful night that must have been. Afrika fell on Alabama, with words of a thunderous storm of heritage lost. A daughter of the water flowed over our lives, powerful as a Blood Moon….

A Visit to Asiatique, The Riverfront in Bangkok

Asiatique is an experience!  It combines shopping with entertainment, and provides an active venue for the riverfront in Bangkok.  Photographer, Bernard Basley, his wife, Sarin, and daughter, Garnet (then, 3 years old), make their home in Bangkok.  These images are a peek at Asiatique:   – Bernie Basley…

Love’s Best Man

July 23, 2017   Susan Wylie  for James Robinson   Searching lifelong for love’s best man Deep the love, deep the life Deep the touch of two becoming one, Far becoming near Stranger in a strange land Swapping cell for cell Transforming Now familiar in a family land…

Look in the Mirror

“My son. Don’t compare yourself with other boys. You are different.” Dear Dad, I would like you to know that Everything you wanted to say but couldn’t; Every tear you cried behind closed doors; Every call you never picked up because you couldn’t; Every thought that you had…