Keeping Up with Charlene Carter

Besides leading the C.O.R.E. Drummers, Charlene created masks for our story, Chinye.  Behold, The Antelope, The Lion, and The Hyena!                     Charlene leading the C.O.R.E. Drummers at Juneteenth event, Victorine, Dorothy Carter, Shonna Beckwith, Deborah Carter, Caroline Ricks, and…

Artist Rosemary Ollison Lives!

“WALKING DEAD WOMEN”. If I can’t live! Please, God, send me someone to bury me I cannot continue to be a walking dead woman The life you gave me is all in vain I just cannot keep on living this life’s game My flesh is dead it is…

Gotta Write

  Gotta write this pain off me Light blue ink won’t do. Gotta write this mess untangled Tired of feeling blue. Gotta write through darkness. Gotta write through fright. Gotta write til peace has come. And I see things aright.     -Tekla A. Syers resides in Chicago…

Sweet Corn Soup

All year-round, we all want healthy hot soup before dinner. Here’s an easy Chinese – Indian style for you… “One whiff of savory aromatic soup and appetites come to attention.  The steaming fragrance of a tempting soup is a prelude to the goodness to come.  An inspired soup…

Blusic: An excerpt from a garden spices blog, Spicy…

So, here I go again, browsing YouTube for songs for the Dusty Record Club.  I ran into the James Ingram-Michael McDonald tune, Yo’ Mah Gon’ Be There.  Good tune, but not good enough for the group.  Then, Michael McDonald’s music kept coming, and there was Michael McDonald with…

Blossom: Spotlight on Pratik Mamtora, aka, Angel

  I hope I don’t embarrass Pratik by disclosing my nickname for him, but he is nothing less to me than an angel.   I met Pratik at a community talent event I hosted, as Pastor of Living Spirit.  He addressed me and exclaimed how moved he was…

Interview with Fashion Model Vinay Sindya

  GS:  Do you think you are beautiful/handsome? What would you like to change? Definitely yes! I don’t think I would change anything. I am blessed with natural beauty, I guess. All thanks to my parents. GS:  What are your goals as a model? Who is your role…

Life- the Finest Art

Just in the past week, as a Peace Minister and a human being, I have been blessed to experience many diverse and “rather ordinary” meaningful facets of human life. I have moved from shock and sadness to joy and happiness with several stops in between. Here are some…

The Art of Photography: Bernard Basley

  These are some images taken in Ho Chi Ming City and in the Mekong Delta. Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television…

Catching up with Curtis James Morrow

We met him as Curtis “Kojo “Morrow, and he was a 57-year survivor of war and a busy artist.  Nothing has changed, except now he celebrates his 60-year survival.    His book, My Sankofa,  tells his story in vivid remembrances of his “quest for self-discovery” in Accra, Ghana. …