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Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2011 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The longest day of the year opens our eyes to the beauty of the world. Crater Lake drowns us with sapphire blues and shimmering whites. Candy Colored Beetle shimmers iridescently. Drifting Turtle... More > embodies serenity with impressionistic beauty. Our poems paint rich images in our minds. Spring Breakup layers silver-grey wolf willows by a still-frozen lake. Taming the Wild twists branches of mugo pine while Sheets whirls linens into rejoicing Sufi dancers. Fiction stories draw our hearts into previously unseen worlds. A New Life delves into a young girl´s experience in a puppy mill. Affairs of the Heart spends a rain-freshened day in India with a woman struggling with Alzheimer´s. Non-fiction shares in the realities of life. My Trip to Iran grapples with caring for an elderly parent. Grounded memorializes the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Grasp Life reminds us to be grateful. Enjoy the longest day - and every day. Life is precious. Each day is a present.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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With this autumn issue we have completed eight full cycles of Mused. The number eight is considered quite lucky in both the Japanese and Chinese cultures. Christians praise the eight blessings of the... More > beatitudes. Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days. I wanted to take this fortuitous moment to thank each and every artist who entrusts us with their works – both the ones we publish and the ones we don’t. It is a leap of faith to send in an artistic creation to any magazine and we applaud your courage. Thank you to the thousands of readers who eagerly await to each issue. It is your appreciation and enthusiasm which makes this all worthwhile. We have readers in Alaska and Hawaii, in South Africa and in China. We love hearing feedback from each and every one of you. A warm thank you to the team at Mused. Every person here is a volunteer who invests hours and hours of attentive effort. Diane Cipollo deserves extra mention. She singlehandedly creates the beautiful layout of every issue.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Few things in life are straight up-and-down. Our Earth tilted toward the sun makes summer; away makes winter. But did you know orbit-wise we’re actually closest to the sun on January 4th? So... More > the poor Aussies get a hotter summer with their double-whammy. The exact moment that the tilt gets most extreme, which in 2015 is Tue, Dec 22nd at 4:49am, is one thing, but that closest-point ups the ante. For us Northerners we get a warmish darkest, shortest day. The Southerners are broiling in the close heat of their longest. Our Mused entries help us explore this multi-layered, overlapping-rippled world we live in. In poetry, a beloved friend can be five, ten, twenty, or sixty. Fiction entries explore divorce through the eyes of a young girl and a ground-down artist. Non-fiction. A young woman in 1931 moves to the big city and is swept away in the love of a lifetime. And then we have images which can speak a thousand words. Mark Berkerey turns Aussie insects into miniature works of art.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Summertime presents a wealth of faces and opportunities. It is the warmth of racing across a meadow, full of life. It is the lazy languor of relaxing in a hammock, watching the bees buzz. Our... More > visual artists share the joys of summertime. Mark Berkerey looks to the bees, as they quietly go about their floral duties. Christine Catalano gives us a graceful moth who treasures its wings for a brief two weeks. In poetry, we soak in moonlight on an untouched pillow. We take the hand of a salt-wet child of the sea. We feel the sticky sweat of a hot summer's day. We feel the power of a phoenix rising from its ashes. Fiction takes us on journeys of the heart. An artist finds her new path. A man doesn't understand the hunger of unrequited love. As always, it's non-fiction that truly takes one's breath away. A woman who left her family behind to be with her true love contemplates the forks in life's paths. A woman's mother grew up in true poverty in El Salvador.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2014 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The holiday seasons can often seem full of stress and angst, of crass commercialism and outright greed. But if you take the time to slow down, breathe in deeply, and listen, you can often hear the... More > underlying messages of love, support, and peace. Mark Berkery astounds us, as always, with his glimpses into a tiny, often forgotten world of fragile, beautiful creatures. Christine Catalano expands our view to the delicate plants which keep us breathing. Poetry twines us in its rich language. Martha Landman sucks us into a world of pomegranates and goat’s milk, where herdsmen interlace with IEDs and hand grenades. Fiction creates fantasy worlds which call to our hearts. Lucy Gregg Muir takes us back to World War II where sick women huddled together on frigid porches, worried about their troops. The Non-Fiction gives us powerful glimpses into the burdens those around us shoulder. Lucy Gregg Muir touches us with her real-life admission of how she broke her thirteen-year-old daughter’s heart.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2016 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The spring equinox is a moment of balance. A time of celebrating the renewal that nature offers us. In China one tradition is to put out fresh seed for the birds, to thank them for their part in the... More > cycle of life. The Great Sphinx, built a staggering 4500+ years ago, was aligned to face directly into the sun on the Spring Equinox. Mused offers a wealth of springly rebirths for your heart and soul. Beautiful flowers curl and open. Shore birds explore the sand and water. Poetry reminds us to treasure what is precious. The touch of a loved one's hand. The poignant memories of those who have passed. The tenacity in a tiny seed. Fiction takes us into fresh outlooks on life. A struggling writer seeking that first break. A lonely woman hoping her ex might at last return to her. A man who knows he was meant for the bright lights of acting. Non-Fiction lets us walk, for a few moments, in another's shoes. A sixties-era student's school assignment haunts her until this very day.< 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

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