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Mused Literary Review
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2016 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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For many people, summertime is the perfect time to explore creativity. Plein air artists bring easels to gardens and beaches, showcasing nature's colors in oils, acrylics, and watercolors.... More > Photographers ferret out a million sights to immortalize. Poets and writers stretch languidly beneath a shady oak tree, listening to the gentle buzz of insects, and constructing entire worlds out of the ether. Our art celebrates the beauty of nature. The grand opening of a sunflower. The delicate wings of a tiger butterfly. An orange lily glistening with summer rain. Poetry delights us with its rich vision. A playful squirrel tumbles down a tree. Rainbows shimmer out of thin air. The moon waxes and wanes. Fiction fills us with emotion. One grandmother has playful fun at her last birthday. Another goes on a longed-for trip. One becomes lost in the past while another strives to treasure every day remaining. Enjoy the creativity of our community of artists - and then explore your own!< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2016 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The autumn equinox, that balance point of light and dark, is closely tied to the moon. In China the Moon Festival happens around the autumn equinox, celebrating gratitude and the warmth of good... More > friends and family. This year it was Sept 15th. Mused's art draws us in to that natural world. From thundering stallions to pensive moths, from delicate bees to hungry tortoises, we are intricately entwined with every living creature which shares our Earth. Poetry paints rich images. There are mugs of steaming cider, purple mums dancing in the wind, woodpeckers tapping on birch, and ivy-shrouded windows. Fiction draws us into new worlds. Burdened children find comfort in the orderly marching of ants. A man resigned to a hard life of fishing still dreams of painting in France. We view a dying woman's days through the gaze of her beloved dog. Non-fiction opens our eyes to the struggles of our fellow travelers on this big blue marble. A woman finds a way to move beyond her unhappy childhood.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2016 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Sometimes it seems as if winter quotes make winter out to be a necessary evil which exists only for us to appreciate the subsequent warmth. Shelley: "If winter comes, can spring be far... More > behind?" Shakespeare: "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York." Hugo: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." But winter is far more than a down against which to compare the subsequent ups. Winter is a powerful, magical time. It is a season of strength. Of looking inward and finding focus. Bob Seger stated, "I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter." Terri Guillemets reminds us, "The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." The Winter Solstice is a time to embrace the mysterious. The endless possibilities. The sense that we already have, within ourselves, boundless creativity and opportunity. We simply have to still ourselves and listen.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2017 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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In our modern world of 24-hour diners and around-the-clock email, it sometimes seems as if we’ve lost track of nature’s cycles. But then the Spring Equinox comes along and reminds us to... More > pause. Artwork brings our vernal world to life. From delicate butterflies to a beautiful sunrise, from beach walks to vintage planes, there are fascinating things to see all around us. We simply need to open our eyes and look. In poetry, we have the celebration of spring with the uplifting golden horns of daffodils. We have thawing icicles. The fresh joy in a chirping bird. The protective watch of a mother robin’s gaze. Fiction draws us into a family coping with an alcoholic father. A pair of youngsters get in and out of trouble at a shopping mall. A pair of men build a new friendship. Non-Fiction shares the challenges of letting a father go, and the grief of a father who has to go on when his son has passed away. A daughter strives to connect with her mom. A traveler visits the DMZ in Korea.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2017 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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"To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie - True Poems flee" - Emily Dickinson Our time on this Earth is fleeting and precious. We often know that in a vague,... More > intellectual sense, and yet we can find ourselves whittling away those finite minutes without mindful thought. We should celebrate the beauty in a child's smile. The radiant sound of saying "I love you" to that special person. The warm touch of a hand. The delicate scent of a wildflower. Our artwork celebrates those stunning moments. The raindrop on a pale petal. The glimmer on a honey bee's wing. The perfect orange sphere of a rose hip. The peaceful calm of a resting owl. Poetry layers in emotion and senses beyond sight. We travel to Georgia with the aroma of honeysuckle and fried chicken, with creaking floorboards under rocking chairs. We sizzle in the heavy heat of a summer's day while crackling brown grass prickles our feet. We breathe in the shore's scent - birds, salt ... starfish.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2017 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Autumn is a season for counting our blessings. For realizing just how much we have in life where so many others are without. It can often be easy to take things for granted. Things which millions of... More > people desperately dream of having. By pausing for a moment, and looking around with mindfulness, we can find a new center. Artwork takes us on this journey of appreciating the beauty in every day. The shimmering violet of a flower's petal. The rich glow of autumn foliage. The masterpiece of a luminous sunset. Poetry shimmers with vision. The delicate parasol of Queen Anne's lace. The coy flirtations of a luminous moon. The charcoal tears of raindrops in dust. Fiction draws us in to worlds which could easily be our own. A grandmother whose memories gambol and fade. A woman who relives the fears of a long-distant past. A young man who treasures every day he has left to him. Non-Fiction invites us into a fellow traveler's world. A woman meets her adopted daughter for the first time.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Winter Solstice 2017 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Why do we end our year in the middle of winter? In the past, many cultures would begin each year at the Spring Equinox - as the world was awakening from its long slumber. It was the time of planting... More > and growing. Of baby goats and lambs. This would seem to make more sense. It turns out that January 1st, the feast-day for the Roman god Janus, has its own special claim to fame. It is the day of our perihelion. This is when our Earth is the very closest to the sun. We have reached the near-point in our yearly orbit around the star which keeps us all alive. This means that, while it's currently winter in North America, it's still just a tiny bit warmer than winter would be for those in Australia. When Australia gets its winter, they are at the point of aphelion - when the Earth is furthest away from the sun. Perhaps that's a win for those in Australia who like to build snowmen :).< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Summer Solstice 2018 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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The seasons seem more and more askew with each passing year. Summer now appears to be the most convoluted of them all. Is it because I live in Massachusetts, where we have traditionally enjoyed quite... More > reliable and beautiful presentations of spring, summer, autumn, and winter? Is it because I'm closing in on fifty and have seen how bizarrely the cycles have altered in recent years? Out of all the strange changes, it's summer which seems to have gone most topsy-turvy. Which has been stretched and folded like circus candy taffy. It used to be that spring's gentle breezes really did linger from the March equinox through mid-June's arrival of stronger sunshine. Despite clothing stores' exhortations to start buying-buying-buying on Memorial Day Weekend, one could still treasure yoga on the back porch in early June. One could still walk barefoot along the shore without feeling like a broiled lobster. That kind of heat was reserved for July and August. The true summer months.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Autumn Equinox 2018 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Our images share the adoration of the preciously unique Earth we all share. We have sunflowers glowing in green and gold. A misty castle glimpsed in another dimension. An enigmatic doorway into who... More > knows where. Poetry delves into emotions and twines into our thoughts. Rains shimmy leaves and batter islands. A man amongst millions boldly carves his own path. A woman tussles with her ill body which keeps its secrets well hidden. Fiction catches at the mind and gives it tugs in new directions. A woman is scattered here and there by the winds of fate. A young child struggles to understand life's new, dark twists. A daughter is brought low by the loss of her mother. Non-fiction is where we connect with our fellow travelers on this too-short path called life. College friends hold each other through illness and change. A stranger becomes everything to a woman in distress. A girl learns the lesson that first impressions are often wrong.< Less
Mused - the BellaOnline Literary Review - Spring Equinox 2018 By BellaOnline The Voice of Women
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Our artwork reminds that this beautiful Earth we all share presents stunning images every day to restore us. We just need to take that moment to look at the glistening of ice. The petals of a flower.... More > The curl in an ocean wave. Poets also nudge us into opening our senses a bit wider. To appreciate the wisps of morning fog. The delicate cluster of flowers. The flash of a warbler's wings and the touch of a loved one's hand. Fiction takes us places where we think "what if." What if the government disagreed with your view and locked you away. What if a momentary act of kindness led to something dark. Would it make you rethink your willingness to help others? Or would you persevere, knowing there were so many in our world whose lives could be changed by a small, simple action? Non-Fiction is the opening of another person's soul. A person realizes their true soul-lifting "home" was far from where they were born. A single step changes a family's life forever. A chance encounter leads to a deep friendship.< Less