Petals In A Lawyer Diary: Almighty Lavender

Lavender, or better the almighty lavender as I have come to name this flowering plant has many uses including essential oils, medical and culinary. Lavender oil alone has over 20 ways of usage. I am also fond of this plant, perhaps due to another reason....

Petals In A Lawyer Diary: A Frolic Fling

One blue-skied day, spring stood to winter and reclaimed the snowballs. Mesmerised I stood there, wishing for a frolic fling with the weather. His gentle voice brought me back to him. “Do you know the name of those?” “No, I don’t. They remind me of Schneebälle.” “Well,...

Petals In A Lawyer Diary: How To Make An Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is part of Catholic tradition. You will see it as a ready-made ensemble or in the form of do-it-yourself (DIY) accessories in shops from around mid-November. The wreath is made with sprigs of evergreens and four candles. The four candles symbolises the...

Petals In A Lawyer Diary: Summer Wild

I have never seen such lovely a weed as that made of daisies. Playfulness was a distant thought until I saw a field of daisies. My heart didn’t remember how to be a child until I picked daisies. Beauty was a dwindling feeling until a daisy decorated my...

Petals In A Lawyer Diary: Tickled Earth

Guess what? It’s not only in autumn season that the Earth laughs. Throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter, the soggy ground is all smiles. If you care to look, the Earth giggles by sprouting wild, strange, colourful and non-colorful mushrooms. Have you spotted or collected...

A Poem: A Flower In The Sky

Some people are good at starting over. Others are terrible at starting over. And there are those who will simply not start over. This poem is for all of us: the good, the terrible and the won’t. A FLOWER IN THE SKY You have always been unclipped...

At This Point We Are All Wrong

I am not an expert on politics, neither do I intend to be. I avoid discussing it. My acquaintance with it is through the media. I no longer watch the TV news. Most news is sad. It makes me teary and helpless. Every fighting side has...

New Book Release: Mists of Sense Require Fierce Poesy

As much as one would love to keep a record of smooth sailings in life, fortunately the road is full of twists and turns. Whether it is personal or global humanitarian crises, you will have a share of yours to weep for. Those trying moments...

Traditional Publishing & Self-Publishing: Colleagues or Foes?

Authors in Africa (AiA) created a forum on a very important subject that all authors are a part of – PUBLISHING. I was asked to participate in the discussion as it is a crucial issue, especially in Africa. But does traditional publishing still have a special...

Nakubali (Swahili Poem)

[audio mp3="https://www.gloria-gonsalves.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Nakubali.mp3"][/audio] Usimeze maneno yako, kaka mtanashati, Ruhusa nakupa, siku ya rehema Jumapili, Leo nitafurahi, kusikia ya mtima wako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Sogea karibu nami, nipe busu la mkono, Haya isikukweze, nieleze yako mahaba, Siri haina nafasi, leo miye kipenzi chako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Karibu usiogope, fichua ya...

She is Rising Again – A Tribute to Maya Angelou

I got acquainted to this phenomenal woman during my hard times. I recall listening to her poem “Still I Rise”. I felt large, so large that my hardships immediately became minuscule. Then one day I sat down to write what was stealing away my joy....

This Requires Poetical Laughing‏

Saturday, 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is the day that the UN observes ending this discrimination. It's also the day that the World Health Organisation omitted homosexuality as a mental illness in 1990. The campaign for IDAHOT 2014 is...

Book Trailer: Swahili Folklore

The launch of Swahili Folklore book trailer coincides with International Children's Book Day (ICBD), celebrated every 2 April to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. The theme for ICBD 2014 is Imagine Nations Through Story. I hope you can imagine...