Perspective

The Time is Now

  I recently watched the rebroadcast of an ABC 2017 Special- Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America. It was a wonderful tribute to the African American community. Faces of so many well-known citizens graced the stage (and the audience) at Washington’s John F….

Release: Winter’s Lament

I continually tell my readers; I write the stories that come to me—and this story blindsided me. The protagonist, the leading character in my latest novel, Winter’s Lament, showed up in my life during a blizzard. It literally snowed for ninety days. I couldn’t go outside. Friends came and shoveled…

Releasing the Illusion

Times Been, Won’t Be No More is a saying that has recurred in my thoughts and my writing a lot lately. No apologies for it. It is southern wisdom attributed to my brother-in-law JB Bond. Every time I consider life beyond the current COVID19 global pandemic, and the chain…

Fighting to Breathe: Chronicles from Facebook

  Indeed, it is Mornin’ Time!  Global Awareness has shifted to a place where we have been awakened, devastated, and must find our way to vent emotions, breathe, and make ready to move.  Garden Spices chronicled Facebook posts that heard hurting hearts.  Unedited and strong in voice, this…

On Being a Stepdad

  Written by Hassahn Phenomenon Liggins, Father’s Day 2020 I remember when I was in my 20’s, and I used to contemplate having children of my own. I also used to say that I would never marry a woman who has children already. The first thought never transpired…

From Spicy… a blog by Victorine: Young’uns

  “There are organizations that have had the same folks running them for years, which is why they don’t run; they crawl.  And these folks crave power, which is what makes them powerless in forward movement.  In this case, sometimes age doesn’t matter.  If movement is stale, move…

On Being a Dad in Turbulent Times

  Written by Emilio Bucks Hardy, Father’s Day 2020 “When you fill your life with what truly makes you happy, you will find there is a lot less room for outside noise-and it’s noisy as hell right now.” Emilio Hardy, 2020   Father’s Day – June 2020: What…

Press “Release”

Journalism and writing students are taught to ask the following questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how in their quest for writing a cohesive article or story. These questions can be helpful as well in the quest of RELEASE! WHO: Almost anyone you or I know has…

This Is A Test!

As I write this, it is Sunday morning, April 19, 2020. My article is due tomorrow. No, I didn’t wait until the last minute to write this; I wanted it to be as current as possible before submitting it. At this moment, we – the town, county, and…

Thanks for Listening: Inspiration to Vote!

In the time of COVID 19, it is difficult to see which of our political leaders provide inspiration for me and my fellow citizens. Then again the government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic has very sharply pointed out the politicians who work in the interest of all Americans…