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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 - Spring Equinox 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Throughout the long history of mankind, many cultures counted their year as beginning in the spring. Spring was about rebirth. A fresh start. A new beginning at growing a garden, making plans, and... More > exploring this beautiful world that we share. Spring is when possibilities come to life. Mark Berkery stuns us, as usual, with his heart-achingly-beautiful photos of the tiny creatures which keep our world growing. The Orange Tail Rein Bee is tiny - delicate - and we know how fragile the bee population is right now. Lee Evans bring us this same powerful insight with his poem On the Beaten Path. His encounter with an injured bird causes him to take stock of just how much he has to be grateful for. In fiction, Lucille Margaret Robinson creates an emotionally gripping story of a young girl striving to make sense of her tangle of a world. And in non-fiction, Aileen bravely shares with us what it was like to grow up with trauma which led to "voices" in her head.< 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