This Issue: Mental!

  Painting by Artist, Brenda Davis, (1962-2022) What an Anniversary!! Loved Ones, We celebrate eight years of Garden Spices Magazine with a topic relevant to the news of these days – “Mental.” Mental, as in one’s faculties, health, disorders – anything relating to the mind. We understand that…

When the Vessel is Empty

When The Vessel Is Empty  “There are angels walking among us.” Author Jennifer McMahon By Susan D. Peters Women are vessels for our families, friends, and our communities. We pour into others continuously, and sometimes our vessels are empty. I’m choosing to be transparent in using myself and…

Mental Happiness

  Mental Happiness easily becomes shrouded by the limits of one’s mental ability to be clear. If we want to feel happy, we must sustain mental Happiness. The mind and body work in harmony. Happiness gets sabotaged when the brain is locked into a frenzy of problem-solving details…

How Do You Process Your Mental State?

I feel that the pandemic put us all in various precarious mental states regarding survival. This pandemic has been a thorny arena for me, a ceramic artist dependent on my Community Ceramic Art Studio at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago – my art home since 2012…

Mental Models

In 2012, a cardio defibrillator was implanted in my heart; the Electrophysiologist told me it had an eight-year life expectancy before replacing the battery. I adhered to the physician’s instructions and was confident my device would relax easily. Early in 2020, with the unchecked spread of COVID, deliberate…

The Pointe

  6.4.22 Chicago There is a scene from in movie Grand Canyon where Danny Glover plays a tow truck driver responding to a call for roadside assistance. Kevin Kline plays the financially successful and clueless white guy who made the call. When Glover arrives at a dark, remote…

Olanrewaju Adeyemi: Emotion vs. Culture

    Title: experience Medium: acrylic on paper Size: 15*20inch Year: 2022   About the Artist Olanrewaju Adeyemi’s painting and drawing are an amalgamation of abstraction. His work focuses on dichotomies such as emotions versus culture and mood versus experience. He believes art gives us meaning and helps…

Doing For Myself

  I heard her mules hit the slate steps, and seconds later, she was through the door. She walked straight into the dining room where I was eating and said, “I came home with the express intent to ask you how you stay so peaceful? I don’t have…