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Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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With this autumn issue we have completed eight full cycles of Mused. The number eight is considered quite lucky in both the Japanese and Chinese cultures. Christians praise the eight blessings of the... More > beatitudes. Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days. I wanted to take this fortuitous moment to thank each and every artist who entrusts us with their works – both the ones we publish and the ones we don’t. It is a leap of faith to send in an artistic creation to any magazine and we applaud your courage. Thank you to the thousands of readers who eagerly await to each issue. It is your appreciation and enthusiasm which makes this all worthwhile. We have readers in Alaska and Hawaii, in South Africa and in China. We love hearing feedback from each and every one of you. A warm thank you to the team at Mused. Every person here is a volunteer who invests hours and hours of attentive effort. Diane Cipollo deserves extra mention. She singlehandedly creates the beautiful layout of every issue.< 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
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2015 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Summertime presents a wealth of faces and opportunities. It is the warmth of racing across a meadow, full of life. It is the lazy languor of relaxing in a hammock, watching the bees buzz. Our... More > visual artists share the joys of summertime. Mark Berkerey looks to the bees, as they quietly go about their floral duties. Christine Catalano gives us a graceful moth who treasures its wings for a brief two weeks. In poetry, we soak in moonlight on an untouched pillow. We take the hand of a salt-wet child of the sea. We feel the sticky sweat of a hot summer's day. We feel the power of a phoenix rising from its ashes. Fiction takes us on journeys of the heart. An artist finds her new path. A man doesn't understand the hunger of unrequited love. As always, it's non-fiction that truly takes one's breath away. A woman who left her family behind to be with her true love contemplates the forks in life's paths. A woman's mother grew up in true poverty in El Salvador.< 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