It's been a long, cold, lonely winter, with heavy news stories and brutal cold in many places. But nature reminds us each spring that the world runs in cycles, that after every darkest night comes a... More > fresh, new dawn. There is hope in the world. Cures are found. Progress is made. Relationships that seemed distant can, with attention, draw closer again.
Our Spring issue of Mused lifts our spirits and shares with us stories of hope.
A tiny bee, so critical for life, is rescued and flourishes. A child delights in simple play. A daughter remembers her father, while a mother tends to her son. A wife reconnects with her husband.
These are the actions which go on around us every day - actions which might not make the front page news, but which, to one family, to one person, mean the world. These are the connections which form the foundation of our world. It's the small connections, one by one, which form the web which supports us all.< Less
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
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
The Summer Solstice is a time of light, of strength, of warmth, and of celebration.
Our artwork celebrates the beauty of summer. Orchids burst in a cascade of pink and ivory. Macro photography... More > reminds us that rainbows come in all shapes and sizes. Drifting seeds provide a glimpse into the fleeting beauty which makes a moment magical.
Poetry creates scenes of lyrical wonder. We relax while fishing by warm mud and cottonwood. A roseated sea sprays bursts of pastel foam amid jaded greenery.
Fiction stories draw us into fresh visions of the world. A man valiantly seeks out chocolate for his lover in after-hours France. A woman moves back to her home town and ponders the changes life brings.
Non-Fiction opens windows into the lives of those around us. A sister struggles to cope with a brother who faces challenges. A daughter becomes the parent for her aging father.
Pour a glass of cool water, stretch out on the shady hammock, and enjoy all the issue has to offer!< Less