This Issue: Exploration

  “Sometimes, there are no choices, but if U stay silent, you’ve ultimately made yours.” C. Isaac, ’19 Loved Ones, The featured image of Guest Contributor, Carla Renae and the quote above found on her page says it all.  This season has caught us exploring feelings that reside…

Second Act: Millicent Garland Photography

I met Millicent Garland over 30 years ago, in the Shoals, and I have always been in awe of her.   At that time she was the active  President of the Black Engineers group from Tennessee Valley Authority.  Beyond working at TVA, she raised three of her nephews…

Art Ethereal: Pamella Allen

I rendered our current topic to Garden Spices Contributors, “Exploration.”  Immediately, this artist,  unknown to me,  appeared in my Facebook News feed.  I was immediately mesmerized by her work, and I was familiar with one of her frequent subjects, indigenous spiritual mandalas.  On further exploration, I found that…

Exploring the Soul’s Sovereignty

Medical advances have yielded a tremendous understanding of the intricacies of our bodies, and yet, we have limited understanding of the soul’s interaction with the body. The exploration of the soul is a voyage that I had begun to consider, but never so deeply, as when my mother…

Holi: Festival of Colors

    Photo by Souvik laha on Unsplash The Hindu festival, Holi, the festival of colors,  is now a global celebration held in the spring. It represents all the attributes of color,  the dying of winter, and the rejuvenation of spring, resplendent in the celebration of life. Lisa…

Barbados Splendor: “Creative” Fred Odle

  instaclouredlotus Artist Bio Artist Fred Odle has been a Creative for a very long time; it is always a better question to ask, “How long have you not been an artist than the other way around. He is more interested in the “creation of” rather than any…

The Season of My Discontent

  I step onto this stage using a phrase based on William Shakespeare’s famous play, Richard III, where King Richard expresses his feelings of discontent regarding living in a world that hates him. He begins his soliloquy by stating, “Now is the Winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer…

Exploration of Making Meaning 

  Photo by Tim Wildsmith on Unsplash “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass When someone comments on my childhood, they remember me with a book in my hands or my head in the clouds. While I played jacks or with dolls…

Intimate Explorations

Occasionally, “Where am I going?” and “What Am I looking for in Life?” run across my mind. Is there something special for me to see? Retired in my mid-seventies offers extra time to explore the future—a sense of freedom—that became important. One constituent in exploration is direction. What…