Dead Again: The Ancestors Return

The ancestors should be important to all of us! We should recognize and celebrate whichever way they choose to return to us- be it rediscovering an old recipe or headstone, a song we can’t get out of our head, or the smile of a newborn relative that we haven’t recognized in generations. [Read more...]

Future Ancestors: What Are We Finding ?

We ate silently. Then we spoke of the people we loved, and the people we try to still know in death. One of the things that we found inspires us again and again was our ancestors courage and determination. Their willingness to take a leap, remember where they came from while still walking forward into a new tomorrow. [Read more...]

Snapped “Voodoo Drug Dealer”

This episode of Snapped is airing over 25 years after the crimes occurred. The story of Sara Aldrete and Adolfo Constanzo that is played out in Series 4 Episode 4 is a tragedy that should be put to rest. I know people love a good horror tale, especially this time of year, but when will it be time to hear about Voodoo/Vodou Houses feeding the homeless, blessing the poor and the like. I have witnessed and been part of these happenings dozens of times, but they never get the attention they deserve. [Read more...]

Maman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe

There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead. [Read more...]

Voodoo Cruise Exhibit Sinks To A New Low

Obviously these things are not about real life. Seeing is believing however, and when most people have images that look like the demented maniacs found in television, film, and these theme attractions, how are they supposed to form a different truth. [Read more...]

Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate. [Read more...]

Ancestral Remembering – The Funny Thing About Memory

Reconciliation is a huge issue. I feel like there is no way to write this as a person of both African-American and Native-American descent without mention that we may never reconcile the past and most of us are still fearful for the future. These things weigh heavy on my mind on the heels of both Columbus Day and Cornel West’s arrest this week. [Read more...]


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