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This Issue: Time!

This issue: Time! It’s time for our annual blessing: We wish you Happy Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Id al-Fitr, Yule, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa! With loads of gratitude, these wishes extend from our hearts but are the extent to which Garden Spices addresses the upcoming holidays. However,…

Hello World! Time?

My backyard Has succumbed to the time of Halloween Walking dead weeds growing insatiably covering Rusted bicycles and rotting pumpkins Time to mow? – Anna Lott, PhD Anna grew up in Alabama, spending her entire childhood in the same house where her parents still live today. Anna is a…

This Issue: Connection!

Loved Ones, I was visiting my hometown, Chicago. I had a visit from old friends, Sheila & Arnett Smiley and Sheila’s brother, Donald, (Donnie to me). However, this visit was unique; I was finally meeting Sheila’s son, GS Contributor, Marlon Hayes. While my oldest friends and close cousins…

This issue: Shelter!

Happy Anniversary to us!! Another year of the vital existence of this messenger. This celebrates five years of core and guest Contributions, avid fans, and abundant blessings – all defining Garden Spices Magazine. We have found our shelter in contributing to this mission and covered many folks with…

This Issue: Culture!

Culture! We live it, breathe it, and have the opportunity to be open and receptive to learn about folks outside of our familial tribe. A few years ago, in our first issue, I invited ya’ll to “Jump” into the venture of exploring different cultures. This issue opens your…

Florence Indian Mound

  How do we show that we care about something built in the past? Sometimes we preserve it, making sure it remains as authentic to its original form as possible. Sometimes we replicate it, so the original intent is passed on in more than one form. Most importantly,…

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…

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…

This Issue: Health!

Sawasdee krab/ka! Hello! I went to Bangkok!!! I was in sensory overdrive with the beauty and splendor of the temples, food, markets, and the people.  I’ll share some of the wonder of my experience in Scanning Bangkok, but I am ashamed to describe what I felt about my…

Blossom: The Manna of Susan D. Peters

Susan D. Peters and I go way back.  We share Old School Chicago and the years as teens when we rocked our way through social clubs, Ivy League clothing, and boys who could dance. It was not until Facebook that Susan and I reconnected as adults, and I…