Melting Pot

Sat Chit Anand

In India, Gandhi’s name is everywhere! He looks on under layers of dust at government officials accepting bribes. At busy intersections his statues are forced to witness traffic jams and road rage. He was my hero by default for school essays. No exam paper was complete without a…

Guiding Lights Of My Life

Spiritual Light has taken many forms and served many purposes throughout my life. It is my most faithful friend and companion. At times this Light is a beacon of hope standing tall upon a mountain guiding me through the trials and struggles that come with the gift of…

Walk In The Light

My extended family is a great joy to me. My maternal grandfather was half black, my paternal grandmother full Croatian, my husband half German-Austrian-Russian Jew and my children… the most beautiful mixture of All Things Wondrous! Fusing all these various cultures and traditions became a life long journey…

Morning Ritual

While hunting through a mountain of necklaces to pop color into my daily black attire, I started thinking of the commonalities and complexities that exist within ethnic ritual jewelry. The meaning of color combinations, bones, sinew, beads, glass, amber and hand hammered metals. The creativity of the findings…

Parallel Passions

Sometimes I hear people say, “Find your passion! Live in your passion!” It amuses me that one might live an entire life and have just-one-passion. As the mother of 5 children and the GMAH of 14, boxer Mike Tyson would agree that me having one passion is “ludicrous.”…

Goin’ IN: Two Perspectives on Diversity

Bottom Line:  Spirit takes me where I need to go to expand and grow. In recent years, I have ‘gone’ to friends who do not think like me.  They are different hues — Some are black, some white; but they are… here it comes… CONSERVATIVE!!  I have attracted folks who have…

Memories Light the Corners of My Mind

October 1987, Age 7: After being carefully dressed Mom exquisitely plaits my sister’s hair before tying a yellow ribbon at the fine edges of her long hair. In spite of trying to cover up it was difficult to hide the cute dumbfounded look on Ami’s face. Soon my…

Flow of Life and Healing

I have a stunning, dark as ebony, beloved, singin’ west side of Chicago friend, who once told me I was her real, first “white” friend. It startled me! I asked her how that could possibly be, when I knew, as a pastor’s wife, she now had many women…

A Memorable Man from Kazakhstan

Yerlaz was a guest in our home for a week. He was from Kazakhstan. He visited at the invitation of US Congress via a program called Open World and through the International Services Council of Alabama. It has been quite an honor to host such guests and has always been…