Garden Spices Author’s Corner

What better selection for Gay Pride Month than a book that examines members of the gay and trans community? Author Joyce A. Brown has surprised us all in this contemporary romance novel, WINTER’S LAMENT. When a storm destroys the broadcast tower of an influential megachurch, Pastor Reese Thompkins…

Art by Tara Banfield

  A Crown of Flowers. I am blooming from the wound where I once bled. I would rather wear a crown of flowers than diamonds around my neck. Tara Banfield   I met some of the Tara Banfield Skull Girls on my visit to Houston.  They were on…

Earthsong Poetry: My Heart Cries

  My heart cries when I hear racial slurs from those I know. My heart cries when I see the Earth abused for economic profit or loss. My heart cries when I hear the suffering inside and outside of our country. My heart cries when I see people…

The “Visual Rhythm” of Carole Morisseau

If it hadn’t been for the above image, this impression of casual swag and splendor, with eyes that say “You got me, and… I bet you wanna know about this stripe on my hand;”  if it hadn’t been for this image, I might have been too intimidated by…

Mi Casa, Su Casa: Don’t Forget Your Veggies!

Happy Grilling Season! It’s time for us to fire up the grill and create our culinary masterpieces outdoors. While most think of meat, fish, or chicken on the grill, did you know vegetables can be cooked to perfection as well? Grilling adds a delicious smoky, earthy dimension to…

Artist/Activist Lee Murkey: Rage

During 2020, Lee Murkey was a constant presence at daily protests to take down a monument.  The protests were formed by a  local racial activist group in Florence, AL, Project Say Something, (PSS).    Murkey was called upon to speak at the rallies.  He had this cool, unassuming demeanor,…

This Issue: Exploration

  “Sometimes, there are no choices, but if U stay silent, you’ve ultimately made yours.” C. Isaac, ’19 Loved Ones, The featured image of Guest Contributor, Carla Renae and the quote above found on her page says it all.  This season has caught us exploring feelings that reside…

Second Act: Millicent Garland Photography

I met Millicent Garland over 30 years ago, in the Shoals, and I have always been in awe of her.   At that time she was the active  President of the Black Engineers group from Tennessee Valley Authority.  Beyond working at TVA, she raised three of her nephews…

Art Ethereal: Pamella Allen

I rendered our current topic to Garden Spices Contributors, “Exploration.”  Immediately, this artist,  unknown to me,  appeared in my Facebook News feed.  I was immediately mesmerized by her work, and I was familiar with one of her frequent subjects, indigenous spiritual mandalas.  On further exploration, I found that…