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Volume 3 - Issue 25

"When I receive a positive outcome in any of these endeavors, a number of platitudes come at me through the phone receiver when I call them up and tell them the news. For me, these proclamations take away agency, take away my own hard work and place it onto something outside of me. But for them, God was part of the process, his presence in my life (whether I believe it or not) is part of the reason for my success. This is their truth, and truth isn’t always as cut and dry as I’d like it to be."

-Phillip Russell, "True in the Way it Needs to Be"

"True in the Way it Needs to Be"
Nonfiction by Phillip Russell

"I have always admired people that can so resolutely believe in something beyond themselves. Especially in today’s world where each day many of us walk around with a slender pane of glass containing circuits, wires, and other doodads capable of answering any question that comes to our mind. Well, besides the biggest one: why are we here? What’s the point? It’s easy to not believe in anything, to live within a realm where nothing and everything is possible all at once."

-Phillip Russell, "True in the Way it Needs to Be"

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"The Last Cup"
Fiction by Ada Ardére
"The old cup is uneven, lumpy, and cracked, but I’ve learned that how things look matters only so very little. What matters is what is said through it, and what is said is unique both to who speaks it and what he uses to speak through. What I hear when I look at it could never be said through anything but this cup and never by anyone else but me. It’s a personal language that I shared with her, difficult to learn and difficult to speak."

-Ada Ardére, "The Last Cup"
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"River Daughters I"
Visual Art by Helena Barbagelata
"In the Yorubá tradition of mother Africa, the river goddess Oshun is the incorporation of love, fertility and sensuality, she is the essence and the nectar of life, the protector and guardian of women and children, along with her sister Yemaya that rules over the seas. To understand the beauty of women is to honour her daughters, their vitality, intelligence and caring and nourishing abilities."

-Helena Barbagelata "River Daughters I"
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