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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
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 - Spring Equinox 2013 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Seven is a lucky number in many cultures. There are seven wonders of the world. We bask in seven shimmering colors of the rainbow. In the Bible, Jericho is circled seven times. We have seven chakras... More > which bring us energy. Today, Mused turns seven! Our seventh season brings insight and illumination. A transcendently beautiful cyclamen bud swirls in seven shades of peach. Seven poignant syllables illustrate the end of a moth's brief, incandescent life. Seven stanzas explore the nature of redemption. Seven can define our world. A convict's claustrophobic cell is seven feet wide. For one girl, the Seventh of July becomes a day she can never forget. Church bells chime out the seventh hour over a sleepy town. Enjoy the richness of spring; bring the joy and magical quality of seven into your own life. Cherish your insights. As author Sharon Salzberg reminds us, "pay attention to them with as much balance and compassion as possible." They are there to help you grow and find your serenity.< 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