Thanksgiving is around the corner, and with that comes greens, beans, candied yams, turkey (roasted and deep-fried), dressing, mac n’ cheese, sweet potato pie and all the other soul food “fixins” that make the holiday meal arguably the tastiest meal of the year for many African Americans.
We love our pets; they become our best friends, and we even consider them family. They help us through the hard times, share in the good times, prevent us from being lonely and even bring considerable amounts of joy to our lives. In exchange, we want to care for them to the best of our ability. This entails not only giving them our love and affection, and a safe place to live out their lives, but also food to sustain them—food that helps them live a long fulfilling life.
If I were to ask you what music and gardening have in common, initially, you would probably say you weren’t sure. With a little more thought, you may say something like both are known to stimulate calm. What you would never say is Terry Steele. And you would never say Terry Steele because this award-winning singer and songwriter is better known for music than his love of gardening.
“I have crocheted more afghans than I can tell you,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview with The Washington Post last year when reflecting on her activities during the height of the Pandemic. A lifelong crocheter, it was during the Pandemic she found herself tucked away in her Brentwood home, revisiting her childhood hobby alongside her daughter, an avid knitter herself.
It was 380 BC when Greek writer and philosopher Plato wrote in his work, The Republic, "our need will be the real creator." Over time, Plato's words would be rephrased and Americanized to the familiar declaration, "Necessity is the mother of invention." This declaration took on new meaning in 2020 when COVID-19 mercilessly bullied its way into our lives and forced us to reimage and invent ways to do what we once did with effortless ease.