Unknown Culture

As a young child, I was made aware of my heritage. My maternal grandmother is Mexican from the southwestern border of Arizona, and my maternal grandfather is Italian, a man from Pennsylvania, whose parents came from the tip of the boot of the country of Italy. Family rumors…

Grandma and Them

With age comes experience, wisdom, and awareness of our place in the world, as well as exposing some of the falsehoods we were taught as children. The myths of Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost were exploded when we were still young enough to shrug them…

Florence Indian Mound

  How do we show that we care about something built in the past? Sometimes we preserve it, making sure it remains as authentic to its original form as possible. Sometimes we replicate it, so the original intent is passed on in more than one form. Most importantly,…

Church!

“Riddle me this: What did the Hood (Black Community) smell like on Easter Eve when we were growing up? Jeopardy Music…Time! Burning Hair.” The RevDr I wrote down many ideas, behaviors, and things that were expected of me as I was growing up. Those expectations were generated through…

Hearts, Breaths & Syllables

Let us not die before we live. Let us not fear pain that sometimes bridles passion. The girths of our hearts are emblazoned with scars that will never heal but grow us. We are tenacious in our weakness in a world that has loved us little and yet…

Post from Omileye: Diversity Through the Feminine

This is another older painting depicting diversity through the feminine – where Osun is depicted as one her Tibetan forms, Green Tara “one who delivers swiftly”. Green Tara is the fiercer side of Osun and more Oya like. White Tara and Osun share many of the same qualities,…

Blossom: Life Preneurship with Bikundo Onyari

Social media can be a gracious tool for meeting giants; I was introduced to Bikundo Onyari by way of Facebook. He was part of a global practice for World Peace and a friend to Contributor, Wanda Gail Campbell. We began to converse and connect through his posts quoting…

Scanning Bangkok Series:#3

People I loved Bangkok! The busyness of the streets awakened my senses – delectable food smells on every corner, the vibrancy of the colors, fashion, and ornate temples, but I cannot feel the pleasure of any trip unless the warmth of the people touches me. They did. In…

Culture and the Baha’i Faith

When I was a young child, I lived in Tokyo right after the Second World War. Around me were the ruins of war, but also the culture of Japan. I absorbed the horrors of war by seeing the ruins and homelessness. I also absorbed the sound of temple…

Tikkun Olam: Phil Abroms

Tikkun Olam, which means repair the world, is vital to the Jewish culture. It embraces the love of family, giving back to the community. Phil Abroms practices Tikkun Olam. Turn a corner at any event in the Shoals area, and you will find a smile and a camera…