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…

JL Yoga: Karma Challenge

So there is this silly challenge on Instagram for balance strengthening or balance therapy or balance whatever. I can’t think of what this little board she used was called, but it was like a few inches thick; it was even suggested to roll your yoga mat up and…

Blooming

Columnist Linda Isbell and her husband, Terry work magic in their city yard.  Always warm and welcoming, their outside springs with joy and color.  Garden Spices caught this beauty blooming!   with a hint of flirtation our fragrant dresses splendid in white posture for the wind with a…

Music’s Abode

One of the most unique questions that could be asked, and offers only one answer is: “Do you think there is an end to music? You can’t say “No!” If you can’t feel an end to music, then you know what the Universe is like. Just how big…

Project Say Something: Acting Up

The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, passed in May 2017, has become a contested issue in the state of Alabama recently. The Act prohibits the removal, relocation, alteration, renaming or “other disturbance” to all public buildings, streets, or monuments over 40 years old. The law is problematic to many,…

Bestowing the Crown of Mamaki: Creating Unity

Garden Spices met YeYe Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis  a few years back.  I chronicled my journey to Asheville, NC  to a ceremony that honored the Four Elemental Mothers.  Along with her husband, Chief Olu, Omileye was “answering the call’ to host and facilitate the event. She has conducted a number of…

47 Years

A son of the Shoals area, David “Hummingbird” Walton has made his way as a troubadour for peace at spiritual centers, festivals, homes, from the Shoals to Hawaii.  His music has traveled all over the world. He picked up a guitar 47 years ago May 1st, and he…

E-mails from Jason

Hello everyone!  I hope this e-mail finds you all well.  As you can tell, I am back from my 15-day leave and it is business as usual here.  Just because I was not here does not mean the war takes a vacation (I wish it did).  Shall I…

Balance

      Balance is about setting and adjusting boundaries so that they are beneficial to my emotional and physical health. For me, balance will never be a one-time alignment. It is a continual reassessment of personal, social, and political environments as they affect my life and purpose. …

This Issue: Balance!

Loved Ones, We open our gate to the possibility of maintaining our posture on the narrow road of “Balance.” Narrow, because it is so easy to fall into the myriad of emotions that keep us embroiled in daily news, narrow because we run to any source of activity…