Beliefs

There is No Shelter in Either/Or

For years I have been hearing that the “Goddess is emerging”. I have understood the statement to mean that when the feminine energies are brought into balance with the masculine energies, people, in wholeness, can exist in harmony with all life. What does harmony look like in practical…

Blossom: Discovering Dr. Joyce Brown

As a Garden Spices Contributor, Dr. Joyce Brown has graced our pages with her many insights on caregiving, education, and affirming the beauty of life. However, nothing is more heart rendering than when she lets us peek into her family’s strength, revealing the foundation for how she became…

God’s Shelter: Poems by Shauna Smith

TIME “Time is a gift,” they say but yet it is never wrapped with a bow or a name on a card. “Time is a gift,” they say but it is never hidden for a special occasion. For it is offered freely, handed over without expectation by the…

Words by Russell Clayton: Peace and Three Cs for Shelter

BRING PEACE TO ANY SITUATION THAT ARISES Some people bear their suffering better than others. When you are suffering, don’t add any negative thoughts to an already bad situation. Bring a positive attitude, peace, and stillness to whatever situation that arises. Don’t get caught up wanting things to…

Church!

“Riddle me this: What did the Hood (Black Community) smell like on Easter Eve when we were growing up? Jeopardy Music…Time! Burning Hair.” The RevDr I wrote down many ideas, behaviors, and things that were expected of me as I was growing up. Those expectations were generated through…

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,…

Culture and the Baha’i Faith

When I was a young child, I lived in Tokyo right after the Second World War. Around me were the ruins of war, but also the culture of Japan. I absorbed the horrors of war by seeing the ruins and homelessness. I also absorbed the sound of temple…

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…

I’m Still Standing

Thirteen years ago – I sat at my desk and had a stroke.  No – I’ve never had and I don’t have high blood pressure, wasn’t overweight at the time, and was in general good health. The weekend prior I had an amazing headache, my right arm and…

Food for Thought

It was Pitru Paksha or the fortnight when Hindus remember their Pitra or ancestors. In the lunar calendar the two weeks are sandwiched between the Ganesh festival and Navratri Goddess festival corresponding to the Krishna Paksh or waning fortnight of the Bhadrapada (September) moon. It is believed that…