Perspective

REALITY OR FANTASY? -YOU DECIDE

  “This short true story created a lot of conversation between my husband, Mike, and me about what fantasy really is. So, for this issue, I’m bowing out and sending in his piece as a sub. Hope ya’ll enjoy it.” -Wanda Gail Campbell   In the 90s, my…

MADAME PRESIDENT

  The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6: January 20, 2049, at noon at U.S. Capitol Thirty-nine-year-old Taylor…

Paralysis

  Zero: Prologue Self-hatred and narcissism exist in a mutualistic symbiotic relationship, often appearing as one or the other. This is because many people use the term ‘narcissism’ colloquially (i.e., as a general diagnosis of a self-congratulatory/concerned person, with little to no regard for the myth of Narcissus…

Abby Clark: #protestspotlight

  Garden Spices welcomes Abby Clark, who plays a vital part in the Project Say Something protest against a Confederate Monument in Florence, AL.  Her work,  #protestspotlight, documents profiles of individual protesters, their motivation, and vision. Here are some of the protesters spotlighted.- Victorine Today’s #protestspotlight shares the voice…

From the Blog of Dr. M: We Are One – race, the human race!

  Dr. Maguerite Mariama Dear Friends, Our ancestors knew how to plan for difficult moments such as these – as their lives were filled with them. We’ll get through this just as they did, with cultural inclusion, strategic planning, and communal LOVE. Yes, we must strike a balance…

Prosetry: Frank Malaba

Estranged Fruit In my motherland, gay people are worth a pile of dry leaves. Their heads are cracked open like watermelons and their hair thrown everywhere like streamers and confetti. Their voices are drowned by the crows that pluck their eyes out for breakfast while good people do…

Exploring Cancel Culture

 “My yard sign finally arrived.” Wanda Gail Campbell Since the mid-2010s, the term “cancel culture” has slipped into media prominence. Now many, including this author, seem to be pondering what, exactly, does use of the term even mean? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as the act of canceling or the removal “of support for public figures…

Their Wildest Dreams…

  I remember my grandfather, Pops, bristling with anger when hearing Black folks referred to as ‘Colored.’ I knew that it was a term the government and the media used to describe us prior to, say, 1970. As a little boy, I asked him why it upset him…