How We Learned To Serve

    My husband and I have land outside of Florence in the woods with a small pasture where we built a home. He had rescued four wild mustangs that moved to the home with us. Caring for these animals was a new experience for him and me….

Mi Casa, Su Casa: Coconut Creamed Collards

Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced 1’ knob of ginger peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 2 cups of well shaken full fat coconut milk 3 tablespoons of coconut aminos 3 bunches of collard greens washed and cut in…

This Here Body of Mine

  In this body, I’ve known love. I’ve known despair and joy held together by a vulnerable thread of near invisible hope. At times these have been my only reasons for containing breath.   In this body, this fallible body, I’ve taunted death; fearfully so… in hopes of…

Serving Therapy/Love: Dr. Russell Clayton

  · NATURE THERAPY IN A MAGICAL RAINFOREST Aristotle believed walks in the open air brought clarity to his mind. Darwin, Tesla, and Einstein each walked in gardens and groves to inspire their ideas. When you walk in nature it’s as if you’re wearing rose-colored glasses. In nature…

For the Love of Christmas and Dolls  

    By Rhonda Hardy My love of dolls goes way, way back to Christmas time as a little girl.  Christmas was magical and meant that I was going to get a new doll. – My first memorable doll was the Tiny Tears™ doll. Some reason I mainly…

Shoals Shack

“New plate this week-Blackened Redfish and Grits: 7 oz blackened redfish, cheesy jambalaya grits (holy trinity veggies, andouille sausage, garlic shrimp, Cajun red sauce), fried okra, hot sauce hollandaise, and parsley…. #goodfood #foodie #foodpics #fresh #eats #alabama #shoals #florence #alabama #eatlocal #goodvibes #summer” — in St. Florian, Alabama. The…

After the Rain Teaze

        “Don’t get it twisted, the liquor in these glasses are from the steeped leaves of tea. I am on a campaign to make my community aware of tea as a healthy option to alcohol. Tea excites the senses and enhances wakeful tranquility. It also…

Moving Beyond Yourself

  It was Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta, and I participated in the Hosea Williams “Feed the Homeless Thanksgiving Day Dinner” event. The adults partnered with high school students from the area who had volunteered to serve the meals. It was a nice day outside. When my 15-year-old partner…