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Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2011 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Autumn with its rich, vibrant hues inspires us to breathe in the richness of life. There are the exuberant images of whales waving hello against the mountains of Antarctica. Then there are the tiny,... More > 8mm beauties which radiate an ethereal glow. Poetry paints the air with its mosaic of sounds. We are seduced by the wail of a saxophone and haunted by the images of a woman struggling against cancer. A sister comes to term with her fractious relationship with her sibling. Fiction twists our emotions as an expectant mother fears the worst. A lonely woman craves the grace of dancers' delicate movements. Non-Fiction aims the spotlight on the experiences of our community. A grandmother struggles with the loss of her beloved mother. A tour guide in Alaska enriches visitors with knowledge of the Tlingit culture. Life is not a effortless sail from one coast to another. It is often stormy with fierce squalls and periods of dead calm. Every moment has something to teach us, if we would but stop and listen.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2012 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Spring opens our minds to the promise of a fresh beginning. A mossy path lures us into a quiet forest. The mists of sunrise shroud a serene landscape. A jeweled wasp reminds us that beauty comes in... More > all sizes and shapes. Poetry brings out the beauty in a fog-shrouded bay; it encourages us to breathe in deeply from the lilac dawn. Fiction draws us to treasure each day and appreciate what we have. A poor coal miner's wife struggles to make do with the few coins she has. Non-Fiction brings us into the complex world our fellow artists share. A woman strives for natural childbirth despite her fears. A daughter regains treasures from a war-torn past. A breast cancer survivor shows us the power of inner strength. Come share in the amazing stories and creations our artists have shared. Give thanks that our community is composed of such stunning talents, opening their hearts and minds with us to celebrate this new spring together.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2011 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Spring is a season of contrasts. The bleak edges of winter are gentling into a softer welcome. The crisp monochromatic spirals of a staircase become mirrored by the peach petals of a flower. A... More > resting duck is reflected in the still waters of its pond. Life begins anew. Poems echo the swift, darting nature of a hummingbird and catch vainly at fading memories scattering like crickets. Red geraniums and purple fragrance encourage us to drink deeply. Fiction walks with a jilted bride constructing a new start and a widow releasing the relics of the past. A young woman contemplates being responsible for another woman's children. Non-Fiction illuminates. A nicotine addict reveals her painful struggles. A visitor to Ghana discovers just how much there is to share with others. A young girl realizes the insidious power of a lie. Dyan deNapoli shares the heartache and redemption of saving 40,000 penguins from a devastating oil spill. Learn what you can do to make a difference.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2012 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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At exactly 6:14am on Friday, December 21st, 2012, we had both the Winter Solstice, which happens every year, and the Mayan End of the World, which happens less frequently. Of course, the world... More > continued turning as usual, and mankind had the same joy and discord, serenity and stress, love and jealousy that it always seems to have. These milestones serve as reminders to us that nature cycles within its patterns and that we strive to learn and grow with each new dawn. A sunset in Boston glows in tangerine and gold. A lost love echoes with poignancy after twelve long years. A trekker struggles to the top of Kilimanjaro and soaks in the beauty. An auction bidder struggles to rein in her compulsions. There are oriole chicks crying for their mother, a wife crying for help, an elderly woman remembering the ravages of World War II. A car dissolves into the wilderness of weeds, and a moon rises high over Zion. Welcome to winter, and breathe in the blessing that comes with every new morn.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2011 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Winter infuses our world with magical beauty. Trees become glistening creations of white, frosted with snow and gilded with ice. Misty landscapes remind us of the serenity of solitude. Drops of water... More > become shimmering jewels. Poetry wraps us in the sensations. Blue holiday lights reflect merrily off of car hoods. Cozy fires blaze to warm frosty toes. Weary shoppers in line lose track of the true meaning of Christmas. Fiction gives us garlands of glowing lights in Delhi, India along with a Christmas celebration embraced by mist and ancient cedars. Non-fiction looks back at relationships. A woman muses about what type of cake her absent father might have wanted. A man remembers fond moments in a life with an alcoholic father. Winter is a season of nature's essence. We gaze at the bare bones of trees, rocks, and landscapes, and glimpse the ethereal harmony which has always been there. It is a time to offer gratitude for all that we have, and all we can dream of becoming.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2010 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Spring welcomes us with the freshness of a golden new day. Curl your toes in the warm sand of the New Jersey shore. Dip your fingers in the cool waters of an Italian waterfall fountain. Nuzzle the... More > soft fur of a shaggy Scottish Highland cow. Poetry adds in language to the visionary mix. Decorate your cheeks greenly with fingerpaints. Inhale fragrant lilacs. Savor the tangy-sweet juiciness of orange slices. Fiction stories expand the emotion. Enjoy a playful romp with a tumble of puppies, savoring the sunshine. Tag along at a western wedding in Albuquerque. Non-Fiction sprinkles in the spice of reality. A couple drifts peacefully down the Presumpscot, accompanied by dragonflies and red-winged blackbirds. A remembered childhood is redolent with scents of cinnamon and brown sugar. Featured poet Jody Zolli encourages us all. "Don’t give up, keep at it." The spotlight is yours. "I want the reader to follow the words wherever it takes them. Once a reader is involved, it’s no longer my poem, it’s their poem."< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2013 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Autumn is a time of beauty and gratitude, of soaking in the serenity of our world around us. Medieval folk would refer to this simply as "harvest season" - for to them that was the key... More > function of this time of year. Artwork explores nature's glory in this harvest season. A sunflower glows with gold and brown. A single drop on a leaf glistens with shimmering color. A skilled banjo player shares his love of music. Poetry brings us in further. Sage smoke rises from the center of a labyrinth. Henna and fuchsia leaves delight the eye. The vanilla fragrance of an orchid warms the heart. Non-fiction lets us step into another's shoes. A young girl stands up to bullies. A young woman finds her path in life. A daughter struggles with her father's aging. Fiction explores the realms of growth. A teen girl balances between childhood and adult issues. An adoptive mother experiences a mix of emotions. Photographer Joann Vitali demonstrates how beauty is all around us. Come savor the moment with us.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2012 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The Autumn Equinox is the fulfilment of our dreams and the fruits of our labors. Farmer's markets are overflowing with succulent vegetables. Tangerine butterflies and golden leaves soothe our... More > soul. Poetry celebrates this arrival of delight. We savor the beauty of painted skin, peer through the subtle wrapping of fog, and watch the shadows of ourselves walk before us. Non-fiction soaks us into the world of a teenage girl's crush on her teacher. We hear about a joyful new addition to a family. Fiction draws us along on twists and turns. A couple loses themselves in projects when life becomes too painful. A widow takes a fresh look at the world. Bethany Hamilton is a beacon of bright, unadulterated joy for living. After a shark attack left her without her left arm, she could have retreated from the world. Instead she leapt back on her surfboard, took on every new challenge, and became an inspiration to us all. Her message to us - "I would encourage you to just LOVE LIFE!"< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Fall Equinox 2010 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Autumn nurtures us with a swirl of vibrant colors, a snuggling of comfy sweaters, and a cupping of hands around warm, fragrant tea. Poems draw you in with flying geese, butterscotch leaves, unruly... More > gusts of wind, rolling thunder, sparkling cobblestones, misty clouds, lavender scented steam, and kaleidoscopes of emotions. Artwork reveals a fog-enveloped pier, a rustic covered bridge, an ancient rock arch, traditional rooftops in France, and a glowing sunset in Hawaii. Fiction stories envelop us in the world of a manipulative husband, a litter of kittens, and a wife who struggles to be secure. Non-fiction lures us into a dusty attic, cringes from an alcoholic father, holds us tenderly during the passing of a beloved cat, and visits with the revered Eleanor Roosevelt. Fantastic wood carver Janel Jacobson, who turns tiny pieces of wood into exquisite works of art, shares her inspiration with us: "What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. --Goethe"< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2013 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Winter lets us soak in the beauty of dark, relish the serenity of stillness, and find that moment to connect with what really matters in life. A drop of rainwater poises, shimmering, with all the... More > time in the world. A carved spiral of a morning glory bud holds still, fragrant with promise. Poems awaken the imagination. An elderly, bed-ridden patient soars. A man living off the land compassionately cares for the wildlife which shares his world. Non-fiction gives us powerful glimpses into the tensions our world can hold. A ten year old boy in the deep south comes face to face with the brutality of the Klan. A shy Iranian bride learns that marriage can be lonely. Fiction brings emotions rich with depth. A mother struggles with the loss of her son. A woman pushes to move on with her life after a rough break-up. Another sorts through a relationship, wondering if it's worth hanging onto. Take time to breathe. Curl up in a blanket, pour a glass of tea, and let it in.< Less