Mysteries of Connection

  Connection, connecting, connectedness. I was a bit stumped when I started this piece because connection is quite the mystery that can present challenges to us as we move through this world. Connection is a deep mood, thought, or feeling that can lift you and bring you crashing…

Words of Russell Clayton: Connection

TOGETHERNESS REQUIRES SACRIFICE When couples argue, they often stop talking to each other. This posturing only grows the divide between them. Open communication is essential to any successful partnership. It’s never about who is wrong or right, that’s just ego. It’s more about who’s willing to drop the…

Goin’In: Shelter, What Shelter?

The Roseman Covered Bridge. Covering enhances the life of a wooden bridge.   Shelter, what shelter? That’s cynical me scanning an environment that isn’t particularly sheltering for Black folks. The concept of shelter seems obvious but deserves a little excavation. As I considered “shelter,” I became enamored with…

This issue: Shelter!

Happy Anniversary to us!! Another year of the vital existence of this messenger. This celebrates five years of core and guest Contributions, avid fans, and abundant blessings – all defining Garden Spices Magazine. We have found our shelter in contributing to this mission and covered many folks with…

A Safe Haven

The news of the world affects me in ways both spiritual and mental. Reports of wars, atrocities committed in the name of God, racism, and all sorts of other dark stuff, has the power to induce in me a state of depression which can last for days if…

Shelter: Healing Self-Portraits of Victoria Lee Antoine-Fisher

Actually, I discovered her dramatic artwork at a First Friday art walk in Florence, AL.  When searching for someone to format my book and to do promotional artwork, I remembered Victoria Lee Antoine-Fisher.  Her artwork was compelling and her spirit was warm and strong.  She continues to impact…

Lena & Me: Christopher Smith

Our Guest Contributor, artist, Alex Wilhite burned Messenger up, strongly encouraging me to “Friend” a performance artist named Christopher Smith. “He’s from Chicago!” What’s so special about this guy, I’m wondering. Then, I browse his Facebook page. Yes, Smith is from Chicago, but Smith is also black, deaf,…

Sarin’s Thai: Salty Crab Salad with Mango and Lamb Yellow Curry

Salty Crab Salad with Mango “Salty crab salad with mango, water, flowers. Sweet Crab. Bring it to the fish sauce. Sour and spicy taste. It smells sweet and sugar. “-Sarin Ingredients:   1lb. fresh crab meat 1 firm medium mango 2 Tbs.mizuna (Chinese grocer) 1 cup loosely packed…

A “little love stor(y)”

at 11:42 AM · I attended my youngest daughters preschool concert this morning. Lady, my youngest, has special needs and she’s in a classroom with other children who have special needs. They are marvelous tiny humans. They are actually, and arguably, better than your average #tinyhumans Because of…