Art & Poetry

Life- the Finest Art

Just in the past week, as a Peace Minister and a human being, I have been blessed to experience many diverse and “rather ordinary” meaningful facets of human life. I have moved from shock and sadness to joy and happiness with several stops in between. Here are some…

The Art of Photography: Bernard Basley

  These are some images taken in Ho Chi Ming City and in the Mekong Delta. Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television…

Catching up with Curtis James Morrow

We met him as Curtis “Kojo “Morrow, and he was a 57-year survivor of war and a busy artist.  Nothing has changed, except now he celebrates his 60-year survival.    His book, My Sankofa,  tells his story in vivid remembrances of his “quest for self-discovery” in Accra, Ghana. …

Art in Education

While a current and former educator, I used to question why the work of fine artists is displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry rather than at an institute of art, an art museum or gallery. Later I learned that our public schools have targeted a STEM…

True Wisdom IS Within You

  For eons, it has been said that true education means to “draw out” knowledge not put it in. One might ponder, then, why, the world over, education systems require paid teachers to formally dispense what they “know”. Presumably, teachers know by learning from others who have learned,…

Visiting Tresie Lewis Kinnell

On my road trip to the homecoming for Prarie View A&M University, I experienced the welcome and warmth of an overnight visit with Tresie Lewis Kinnell. Housed in Frisco, TX, outside of Dallas, this subdivision, for me, was reminiscent of the brownstones in Chicago. Kinnell’s house had its…

CONNECTION, INDEED!

connect /ka’nekt/ vb: join or associate  connection  /-‘nektshen n Are we connected? Let me count the ways. How can I? Yes, we share the same time, Planet, Sun, And galaxy. We are all fixed in the now And here. Only our thoughts and imaginings Seek beyond. But even our thoughts Are anchored…

Time

                                                She lives Like water it seems                         To flow even             As it splashes Like rocks in a row                          It’s seams and stitches     …be, the space, in                                            between Like…