Lessons Alabama Taught Me

  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to perform an intimate and vulnerable spoken word in front of the courthouse in Florence, AL during PROJECT SAY SOMETHING’S Monument Removal Rally. I was invited by Johanna Stacy Robertson, an amazing woman and one of the founders of Beyond the Women’s…

Fighting to Breathe: Chronicles from Facebook

  Indeed, it is Mornin’ Time!  Global Awareness has shifted to a place where we have been awakened, devastated, and must find our way to vent emotions, breathe, and make ready to move.  Garden Spices chronicled Facebook posts that heard hurting hearts.  Unedited and strong in voice, this…

On Being a New Father: An Interview with Daniel Knight

An Interview with Daniel Knight by Rhonda Hardy, Father’s Day 2020   I met Dan about nine months ago through my son, Ruben. We were together for dinner to celebrate with him and his new bride Tabitha. They also had the cutest baby girl, Gia, with them. She…

New Directions: Strategies for Release

Release is an incredibly powerful word – especially today when we are facing multiple challenges and changes in a world affected by a pandemic, continued racial inequality, and, in the U.S., a nation split along two very different ideological lines. As an empath (one who feels other’s emotions),…

Release Me: by AriaCamille

Perfect.  Remedy for all pain, Guest Contributor, AriaCamille sings with beauty and passion, Release Me.  I asked AriaCamille what inspired her to pen this song.  -Victorine “So there was a battle between who I knew God called me to be, who I knew I was just as a…

Prosetry: Frank Malaba

A Love Letter To Myself Still learning to find who it is I see when I look in the mirror. Still learning to find meaning in failure and success. Still learning to say my name in a kinder way. Still learning to taste what my mother tongue really…

Candid Conversations: Michael Slilaty

Creative souls often put their gifts and talents to process and release their experiences. Some write prose or poetry, others a letter they never intend to mail… One such instance / individual is Michael Slilaty. An undergrad student of Management Information Systems & Business Analytics at Binghamton University,…

Designs for Urban Comfort

  Designs for Urban Comforts™ is about making choices to live your best life. For Rhonda Hardy this means engaging with the people, places, and things around her. It means making the best of every situation. As an artist, Rhonda uses fabrics and form to create beautiful items…

It Is Time

“We know that change can be chaotic, but the natural law of evolution and expansion are at work now and I am participating in it” ~ Anonymous Comfort has held so much power in our lives over the years because of how it makes us feel. It is…

On Being a Stepdad

  Written by Hassahn Phenomenon Liggins, Father’s Day 2020 I remember when I was in my 20’s, and I used to contemplate having children of my own. I also used to say that I would never marry a woman who has children already. The first thought never transpired…