Hidden Strengths

Strengths have their roots in the character of the Universe. Even deeper, Strength has its unique propelling root. As our social cultures push us to success and glitter, we tend to abandon the magic given to us, and over time, move further from knowing our ultimate strength. Begin…

Is Love All You Need?

Strength: big powerful word! Strong word. It brings to mind heavy machinery, a river dam, a bridge over water, or gravity. What does it make you think of? It makes me also think of something we all need from time to time. Especially during the holiday season (for me,…

Trials And Tribulations

If life were a friend, I’d question her loyalty. She has this way about her; this annoying and inconvenient need to teach lessons you didn’t even ask to learn. Then she disguises them as this thing they call “trials and tribulations.” So you trick yourself into thinking there’s…

As I Rise…

I asked my grandsons about the word, “Strength,” and how it applies to their lives.  Christian, 13,  recounted his experience with joining the Florence, AL  Travel Soccer team.  He made the team — a team that consisted of boys who had been playing together for over 5 years.  He…

Goin’ In: “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest”

What more can be said about the travesties of injustice that set American souls on fire in 2014?  We were familiar with deaths by the hands of gangs and criminals. We saw this almost daily. What grasped our hearts was the racial profiling we witnessed, the police brutality, the ultimate…

The Struggle

My gardening has taught me plenty.  Recently, I was looking out over my garden and pondering what strength meant to me. I caught myself laughing and asking the seeds if it took a lot of strength to grow. I thought it was proper, I mean, it was only…

United We Stand

The word, “strength” is really powerful and respectful in itself. When we hear this word automatically our eyes and body language feel energetic. When we pray (to God), we are not asking for easier life; we ask for strength, to be capable so we can face all our…

This Issue: Light!!

Ok. I give up! There is no way to predict the outcome of an issue of Garden Spices Magazine, which is what the magic of this mission is all about. I throw out a word, and the Contributors digest it and express what they feel about the word…

Sat Chit Anand

In India, Gandhi’s name is everywhere! He looks on under layers of dust at government officials accepting bribes. At busy intersections his statues are forced to witness traffic jams and road rage. He was my hero by default for school essays. No exam paper was complete without a…

While Looking for Passion, I Found Light

Passion is the stuff that lights up your insides— like heartburn, but less acidic. Funny that my struggles on the topic of “passion” for the second edition of Garden Spices brought me to this next one on “light.” Interesting words—passion, purpose… light. Is it just me, or have…