The Struggle

My gardening has taught me plenty.  Recently, I was looking out over my garden and pondering what strength meant to me. I caught myself laughing and asking the seeds if it took a lot of strength to grow. I thought it was proper, I mean, it was only…

United We Stand

The word, “strength” is really powerful and respectful in itself. When we hear this word automatically our eyes and body language feel energetic. When we pray (to God), we are not asking for easier life; we ask for strength, to be capable so we can face all our…

This Issue: Light!!

Ok. I give up! There is no way to predict the outcome of an issue of Garden Spices Magazine, which is what the magic of this mission is all about. I throw out a word, and the Contributors digest it and express what they feel about the word…

Sat Chit Anand

In India, Gandhi’s name is everywhere! He looks on under layers of dust at government officials accepting bribes. At busy intersections his statues are forced to witness traffic jams and road rage. He was my hero by default for school essays. No exam paper was complete without a…

While Looking for Passion, I Found Light

Passion is the stuff that lights up your insides— like heartburn, but less acidic. Funny that my struggles on the topic of “passion” for the second edition of Garden Spices brought me to this next one on “light.” Interesting words—passion, purpose… light. Is it just me, or have…

Candles and Cable Knits

We lived in a small town adjacent to Pasadena and enjoyed all the perks the community offered. Doors were left open while running errands, Miya explored the neighborhood with her new friends and making new acquaintances. I was determined to give her a well-rounded artistically developed life, California…

A Thanksgiving Dinner

  It’s that time of year again.  Tried and true, traditional and tasty… THE PERFECT HOLIDAY TURKEY AND DRESSING Ingredients – Serves 8-10 For The Turkey 1 10-lb. fresh turkey Salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp. paprika 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped 1…

Beyond the Light Within Your DNA

Beyond the bonds of Consciousness, Light exists. It communicates. Light creates a new beginning. Light holds a most powerful psychological phenomenon: it shape-shifts the Universe and your DNA as well. Light empowers astrophysicists to interpret the cosmos and entertains the masses who are drawn like moths to watch…

Frost Bite

  Allister knew that the cloud cover couldn’t show up in time. He placed his hands on the horizon arm’s length, and discovered he only had two, maybe three hours of daylight. It was already cold. His fingers ached as breath spumed in nebulae that crystallized, fell: Frost…

Starrdust: Creating Space

After a couple months of house guests and pet sitting, we spent the day cleaning everything.  We were rearranging, reevaluating, relocating and releasing. We found dust in corners we forgot we had, and shoes that hadn’t been worn in years. As I considered more meaningful implications of this…