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Gardening with Que

Who says a city garden is impossible?  Que Simpson gardens her front and back yards for her daily food.  Ain’t nothin’ better!  For as long as her harvest lasts, we will be featuring her videos in Garden Spices.  Gate open! –Victorine You are now gardening with Que!! Check…

A Post from Laura J. Delfino

I’m in the thick of the middle. Lots of going and doing and constant adjustment and readjustment of schedules, expectations, and plans; learning as I go, shooting for great, accepting whatever keeps it all afloat. I’m often caught up, nay swept away by the riptides of family-keeping. And…

Where Does Music Come From?

At the age of 9, during the 1950s, the only music I knew about was “Country Boy Eddie” on the radio and Southern gospel like we’d sing on Sunday mornings.  From this perspective, perhaps you can imagine the “Wow Factor” I felt after seeing on a Facebook post…

Balance Restored

Hello, my name is Sam Cowan and yes, I did it, but there are a lot of reasons why I did what I did. Here’s the story: The two most powerful people in the world were MEGA and D00M.  MEGA was the strongest woman in the world, not…

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…

Without Knowledge

Wisdom is a common cure for a soul without any knowledge Without knowledge of knowing where they or it may come from. Commonly given facts of one’s history cannot be taken incorrectly. Definitely, when pretending the wisdom of an inaccurate hardship, I can psychologically find understanding with your…

Freedom: Responding to the Call

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. ~Jeffrey Borenstein Dr. Robert D. Hill, when the director of research for the National Urban League, wrote The Strengths of Black Families (1972) to counteract the negative stereotypes of…

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray

  A story by Wanda Gail Campbell Many millions of years ago when God, Goddess, All That Is, whom we shall name GGATI, was thinking of creating humans, a call went out to all the animals of planet Earth for a brainstorming session. When they were gathered GGATI…

Goin’ In: Witnessing Youth Jump Overboard

 I believe that our life experiences are cyclical and I believe unresolved problems often return to us cleverly disguised as something else.  I’m particularly fond of the Sankofa bird. It is one of the sixty-three Adinkra symbols of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa is a bird…

Reflection of a Soul Child

My 40+ year old baby cousin, Deanna, has been singing since she was 3; at least that was when I first experienced her singing, “I’m a Lion” from The Wiz. Since then, I have cried every time I hear her voice.  It takes my breath away.  Living away…