Art

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…

Bernie Basley Photography: Floating Market

We set out early morn to cheat the sun, my brother, Bernie, and I.  As with the entirety of my visit, I had the inside track to a Bangkok tour of a Floating Market.  Our driver cautioned us to buy our coconut water from the outside road. “It’s…

Post by Brandice Senecal

I’ve been after Brandice Senecal forever…  every day, she posts whimsical photos of her babies, and I told her that Garden Spices needs them!  We got ’em, at least we have those posted the first day of 2019. (I cheated and got a couple more.)  Thank you, Brandice….

Spirit of the South: Art by Lisa Cain

One look at the art work of Lisa Cain, and you can feel the heartbeat of a region only a Southerner would understand.  Her mixed media paintings are Cain’s personal reflection of days gone by, yet they conjure up hope for the simplicity of family and community. Depicting…

From Prosetry: Frank Malaba

Sunrise This morning, the Atlantic Ocean sunrise keeps showing off as though it knows I’m invested enough to want to write about it. I have been in this city for a whole 4 years and the word “sunrise” hasn’t quite made it into any of my writings. That…