Release: Winter’s Lament

I continually tell my readers; I write the stories that come to me—and this story blindsided me. The protagonist, the leading character in my latest novel, Winter’s Lament, showed up in my life during a blizzard. It literally snowed for ninety days. I couldn’t go outside. Friends came and shoveled…

Releasing the Illusion

Times Been, Won’t Be No More is a saying that has recurred in my thoughts and my writing a lot lately. No apologies for it. It is southern wisdom attributed to my brother-in-law JB Bond. Every time I consider life beyond the current COVID19 global pandemic, and the chain…

Let the Music Take You There

    Dizzy Gillespie by James Gayles You are driving down the road, the radio is on, and all of a sudden, you hear those one or two notes, and you immediately recognize that that is your favorite song just came on. You reach for the dial, turn…

Girl, Let That Go!

  Last month I penned an essay to no one in particular that only a handful of people read titled, “What Shall I Do With the Rage?” Essentially it was recounting conversations I recently had with friends and colleagues about the suppressed emotions of anger and rage we…

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…