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On Atonement

A Litany of Atonement by Robert Eller-Isaacs For remaining silent when a single voice would have made a difference, we forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. For each time that our fears have made us rigid and inaccessible, we forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. For each time that we have struck out in anger without just cause, we forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. For each time that our greed has blinded us to the needs of others, we forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. For the selfishness which sets us apart and alone,...

K I S, Ya’ll…Keep it Simple

  Fall is upon us and a perfect time to talk about food. As the world’s population continues to grow, so do concerns of crop yields, food scarcity, food manipulation and security.      I’m not going to preach about becoming a devout vegetarian. I’m not one. Yet, it is a well-known fact that a dominant  plant-based diet is more pacifying and less inflammatory in the human body than one that misuses animal proteins.      An ancient treatise on the cause and cure of disease called the Charaa Samta, spoke to the …”proper measure of food”… to one’s digestive fire (agni).  Here foods were essentially classified as heavy or light. Light foods...

Shine, Shine, Let it Shine

  Mission Oriented and Shining      Parents love their children. Parents always want the best for their offspring and work hard to keep children safe, protected, healthy and to educate them. Eventhough parents think they control their children’s comings and goings, their influences and exposure, these individuals are of their own mind and have unique spiritual energy.  Having said that, the impressions and actions we as parents execute, while important, will not be the final determinate in the life roadmaps children choose. With my own brood, the highs and lows of raising them have been exhilarating and exhausting, full of laughter and deep moments of sorrow, sometimes embarrassment, but, more...

Grits and Gumbo

Inge was asked by one of her friends Dr. Ellen Harris, who grew up in Houston’s Third Ward, to be a part of her culinary journey that captures and highlights people of the African diaspora. Ellen describes Inge as high-spirited and adventuresome; they share a love of food and culture as well as a friendship that spans over 35 years. ...

Die Hard Love…Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPsMJxM9La4

Rumor has it that we don’t pick who we fall in love with. If that were the case we might make some very boring choices. What if we each could have the ideal spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, comical, compassionate, and/or generous ideal mate? More important, are you that person yourself? Would you date, engage or marry someone like you? Isn’t it heartwarming to know that someone can ignite such query as  “Where Do I Begin” as rendered by this diva? As we’ve passed through the month of February, the month associated with love. The love for others, nature, beauty, and life; perhaps, you might ignite the passion and love of...