Melting Pot

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DIWALI IN DIFFERENT RELIGIONS

The word “DIWALI” is derived from two words ‘deep’, which means lamp or diyas, and ‘’ avali’’ which means row – so the meaning stands for a row of lights. During the festival of Diwali all the houses in India, offices, and streets are decorated with lights or…

Chrisje Comvalius: Standing Strong

Stage and screen actress, educator, life coach –  the list goes on and on for Chrisje Comvalius.  A little over a year ago, her kitchen table in Amsterdam was the place to land for counsel, fun, and divine food.  Today, you must travel to Rotterdam to receive her…

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…

We are the Ones We’ve been Waiting for

September 29, 2017 by Miniya Ali It is nighttime in the funky Sahara town of Touba Toul and like most nights it is significantly cooler than the day. My host family sits under a neem tree to discuss the highlights of the day. They passionately gossip about unmarried…

Goin’ In: My Own Personal Soapbox

In days of old, in order for their voices to be heard by the masses and multitudes, preachers and protesters would stand atop a milk crate or a wooden soapbox. In my life I’ve stood on soapboxes, both literal and figurative, in order to get my views heard….

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…

Stand with the Win – Win Possibility

  “One of the biggest things that I have learned is that I don’t always have to be right.” ~Jeffrey Swartz “Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human…

Realization

In 2013, I found myself livid and disgusted with systems spearheaded by White Supremacy, especially in Alabama. It did not bother me that someone disliked me because of my skin pigment. The reason for my anger was that a group of people had the power to dictate the…

Hoping Denver 2008 won’t be Chicago 1968

August 25, 2008 I have the dubious distinction of being one of the first journalists to be beaten by the Chicago police in 1968. My own personal cop clubbing came in a different era in a different city at a different Democratic National Convention. It was exactly 40…

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…