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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 - Summer Solstice 2013 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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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
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