Red Lantern

We see them on the back of trains, flashing to let drivers and pedestrians know the end of the train has gone through and the crossing is clear. We make jokes about “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and hoping it’s not a freight train…

Light v/s Dark

It seemed to shout in my head! It became blinding, yet healing. It is presence, it is Now! It was a difficult subject for me to find words for! Hahaha! Bear with me all, my mind wants to jump all over the place on this one. Who would…

Torch Your Dessert

November and December bring us a good dose of family and friends time. We may exchange warm glances and bright laughters. We may share gratitude or exchange presents. We have the sweetness of company that call for sweetening our palates. Here are a couple of recipes that will sure…

Morning Ritual

While hunting through a mountain of necklaces to pop color into my daily black attire, I started thinking of the commonalities and complexities that exist within ethnic ritual jewelry. The meaning of color combinations, bones, sinew, beads, glass, amber and hand hammered metals. The creativity of the findings…

Writing With the Ink of Passion

When I was first asked to write about passion in the LGBT community, I was a bit stumped. There are crusaders both gay and straight who are passionate about fighting for marriage equality in America. The group known as Scouts for Equality is passionate about ending discrimination against…

passion.

some will say Noun. A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. others will raise their hands and mumble words like music art god? but what is passion? i say that passion is the musician who has played guitar since he was a young child and…

Your DNA and the Environment

Put a man on the Moon — Never! Have a video telephone — Never! Replace asphalt with plastic — Never! Your DNA doesn’t Change — Wrong! And so… skeptics once said, but who knew that multi-billion dollar industries would debunk them. The American culture has grown complacent and…

Starrdust: The Real Secret

At home, I am the first one to wake up. I start the coffee and wake up Pepper, the Parrot. I talk to him in that high-pitched voice we all have for babies and animal companions. I remove and fold the sheet that covers his condo-cage at night,…

Projects, Permaculture, Passion

Michi Meko, evolved from a middle-class family that questioned everything and took nothing for granted. Meko was raised in Florence, AL. His father, Sam Pendleton, was a City Councilman, championing his community. Pendleton and his wife Deloris Ann taught Michi and his brother, Actor, Cedric Pendleton, to give…