Perspective

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…

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…

My Illusion of Peace 

  It’s been quite some time since I sat down to write. I took what was to be a brief pause and allowed it to become a hiatus from writing. Maybe it was needed and maybe not. However, in a quick Facebook scan, I saw that I still…

A Mental Health Journey: Camille Bennett

  Camille Bennett wears many hats. She is Co-owner and Director of Focus Scope – 3 child care centers; the Founder and Executive Director of Project Say Something, a non-profit group advocating racial justice; and the Minister of Living Spirit Church. This workload can be taxing and yield…

Prosetry by Frank Malaba: Limping

I keep remembering a time when I was young… hands so tender, it almost hurt to clasp them in prayer… When all I could hold was my stuffed teddy who knew all my fears, joys, and wants. The sound of the Zimbabwean national anthem evoked hope in the…

My Process for Clarity and Healing

  How do we digest, absorb or process the world we walk through each day? Lately, it’s been like trying to take a sip from a fire hose pointed at our face. Like most of you, I’m guessing; I have spent many hours and even more in-depth conversations…