New Directions: Finding the Light

I have been thinking about the word “light” for a while now. Due to my nature, I have been wandering all over the place with ideas but finally got a beat on what I would say by noticing my column name – New Directions. I realized that I…

The Address to Happiness

Light is the address of happiness, rungs towards education and pathway to knowledge. We all are on a journey to seek truth, gain experience, and clarity. Generations past have given us many gifts, inventions and discoveries to aid the world. It all started with the quest for knowledge. As we…

Ajeet Khalsa Through the Lens of John David Haws

Ajeet Khalsa worked in musical theatre, television and production in new york and europe for over 20 years before discovering kundalini yoga and meditation. she met her spiritual teacher in 1987 and began her journey of self-awareness. she studied with yogi bhajan until his death in 2004. through…

Illumination: Virgie Ezelle-Patton

I can feel its presence, this collage.  It comforts the corner of my office, and through it, I feel the spirit and beauty of its creator.   This is the effect of the work of my friend — artist and visionary, Virgie Ezelle-Patton. Virgie Ezell-Patton’s work has taken her…

Guiding Lights Of My Life

Spiritual Light has taken many forms and served many purposes throughout my life. It is my most faithful friend and companion. At times this Light is a beacon of hope standing tall upon a mountain guiding me through the trials and struggles that come with the gift of…

Let There Be Light

Have you ever walked into a room and marveled at how the light was diffused? Probably not—and for good reason. When lighting is impeccable you hardly notice it. If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable, but they don’t…

Holiday Recipes

Liberian’s love Cassava Leaf. While I was in Liberia one of my favorite foods was cassava leaf. Imagine my joy when I found a LaFruteria, a Mexican grocery on 89th and Commercial in Chicago that sells, in addition to Mexican foods, Caribbean and African foods! I am a…

Walk In The Light

My extended family is a great joy to me. My maternal grandfather was half black, my paternal grandmother full Croatian, my husband half German-Austrian-Russian Jew and my children… the most beautiful mixture of All Things Wondrous! Fusing all these various cultures and traditions became a life long journey…

A Lucky Stroke

There are clichés using the word, ‘Light’, with which we are all familiar. We might say we, “see the light”, or we are, “in the light”, but how many of us think of ourselves, “giving light” to others? That is my intention, my ‘hope’. November 18, 2012, was…

30 is the New Light

I am 29 years old. With all of the things that I have been through in my life, I feel much older. Either way, I am 29. Sometimes “I am just 29”, and with a much younger crowd, “Oh hunny, I am 29!” to signify that I am…