A Woman for All Seasons: Tekla Syers

Tekla A. Syers is an African-American woman, grandmother, sister, and friend. A lifelong learner, Syers includes writing, cooking, and handcrafts in her list of pursuits. She’s known for taking her pursuits very seriously, and I can tell you she’s certainly taken piecrust to the next level. Her apple…

Mi Casa, Su Casa, Lemon Butter Orzo Chicken

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound chicken breasts or small thighs kosher salt and pepper 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 2 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 1 cup orzo pasta 1/3 cup white wine 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth…

It’s All Thai! Bernard Basley Photography

    Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Let Freedom Ring!

  The Great Migration ‘Fantasy is the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.’ lexico.com My parents were among those African Americans of the Diaspora that moved North during the Great Migration, which began in 1916. Our people imagined an opportunity to…

THIS ISSUE: FANTASY!

Loved Ones, Here we are on this particular day, November 4, 2020, the day after the election that shook the USA; during a time when we are processing a pandemic from COVID 19. Are we still breathing? We are, knowing that the highest good is at hand. Our…

Mary Young: Indigo Magic

Indigo.  It is the color of spirituality, the third eye, wisdom, creativity, devotion.  Indigo renders the soul to take a moment to breathe and flow into the vastness and depth of its color.  No wonder artist Mary Young was attracted to express this color in textiles.  No wonder…

DIGGING DEEP

Always searching for rhyme or reason can be maddening. It’s like trying to make sense of the nonsensical or looking for the well-disguised blessing that you hope is somewhere inside every presumed curse. I tend to view life as somewhat poetic, seeing everything as a song – good,…

The Joy of Fantasizing.

Fantasizing can take you places you’ve never been and set you up for future experiences. It can be a form of wishful thinking, the kind I indulged in as a three-year-old, fantasizing myself seated in one of those big beautiful orange trucks that I occasionally saw from my…

REALITY OR FANTASY? -YOU DECIDE

  “This short true story created a lot of conversation between my husband, Mike, and me about what fantasy really is. So, for this issue, I’m bowing out and sending in his piece as a sub. Hope ya’ll enjoy it.” -Wanda Gail Campbell   In the 90s, my…