Deeply Rooted and Grounded

In today’s world, it is most difficult to hold your ground, to maintain your position. With social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Intstagram, we are under constant bombardment of all kind of information. We live in a time where fake news and outright lies are the…

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…

Row: “Stand” Meaning What?

  For more than ten years academic directors of institutes and members of educational institutes dedicated to teaching English as a foreign language turned to me for advice and answers to amazing questions about our language. I learned more about my own ‘mother tongue’ after I began teaching…

Caribbean Black Cake

In celebration of St. Maarten/St. Martin  as it recovers from hurricane Irma devastation and in remembrance of wonderful holidays spent there, here is a recipe for a traditional specialty for all holidays and celebrations – Black Cake.  I can remember hosts divvying out a small slice for each…

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…

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…

This Issue: Freedom (of Choice)

The truth is, we explored the topic, “Freedom” in a previous issue.  However my spirit spoke the word, and the writers had the option of choosing their own topic.  Most of them chose Freedom.  I know why; so much has transpired that challenges our sense of freedom.  We…

T-R-A-N-S-I-T-I-O-N-S

IN THE SPRING OF 2017 anxious to have more white space on the pages of my life, I decided to retire. Working in community relations, as I have for the past decade, is a labor of love but leaves very little time for the growing responsibilities of assisting…

A Fine Feast with Artist, P. J. Stewart

We had toured art galleries and shops throughout the prominent Bronzeville community in Chicago.  It was lovely to view so many works and wares steeped in rich culture, identifiably rooted from Africa.  We cut our tour short; it was a healthy appetizer.  We knew our feast awaited us…

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…