Touch My Heart with a Song

  There are songs for your ear Open your heart and you’ll hear There’s a rhythm to dance, Har-mo-ny to enchant.   It was a dark night.  I was feeling detached and tired as I listened again to my still small voice within; it said,” Go in and…

Hello World: “The NDO Passes”

  [inspired by Billie Holiday’s “Stars Fell on Alabama” and “God Bless the Child”]   God bless the children falling on Alabama Shaking Sacred Political stars with music from Their souls Celebrating knowledge Leading up.     – Anna Lott, PhD Anna grew up in Alabama, spending her…

A Post from Laura J. Delfino

I’m in the thick of the middle. Lots of going and doing and constant adjustment and readjustment of schedules, expectations, and plans; learning as I go, shooting for great, accepting whatever keeps it all afloat. I’m often caught up, nay swept away by the riptides of family-keeping. And…

The Opening

  Drummers beat out the rhythm of harmony from their bongos as they enter the rear of the chapel with skillful artistry and measured synchronicity fingers palms heels of the hands strike forcibly upon the hollow of the vessel we call the drum melodious flowing sounds that invade…

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…