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Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2014 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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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
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