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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Timons Esaias on Writing Meditation Method

Timons Esaias a satirist, writer and poet living in Pittsburgh joined the Online Mindful Writers Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/706933849506291/?source=create_flow on March 18 to talk about Writing Meditation Method that includes meditation, journaling, wordless recreation and his favorite books on the craft of writing. Timons Esaias's works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in twenty languages. He has been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award and has won the Asimov's Readers Award. He was shortlisted for the 2019 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. His story "Norbert and the System" has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. His SF short story "Sadness" was selected for three Year's Best anthologies in 2015. Recent genre appearances include Asimov's, Analogand Lightspeed. His full-length Louis-Award-winning collection of poetry -- Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in...

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Surprise Guest-of-Honor!

I'd be delighted if you would join me tomorrow at 9:00 to read thoughts and feelings of our surprise guest-of-honor about Meditation, Journaling, Non-Verbal Activities, Recommended Books and a Writing Prompt at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/706933849506291/?source=create_flow [caption id="attachment_42236" align="alignleft" width="415"] Mount Denali, Tundra, Alaska[/caption]...

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The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

Are you in a mood for reading emotionally touching, heart wrenching love story set in picturesque valley of Kashmir and hills of Pittsburgh? Then this is your book--THE IMMIGRANT WIFE: HER SPIRITUAL JOURNEY--on sale today at: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/free-and-bargain-ebooks/ The Fussy Librarian sale ended last night at 12 pm. But the book will continue to be on sale for one more week at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores online. Sorry for any inconvenience!...

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Happy 2019!

Dear Readers and Writers, I feel fortunate to have met you either in person or online. Allow me to shake your hand or wrap my arms around you to let you know how blessed I feel to be linked to you. Hope this Holiday Season you bonded closer with family and friends, exchanged gifts of love and food, had warm conversations, and did things that made you feel good all over. And now after a week or more of haaya-bhanga (wonderful muddle), you need solitude. Time to floss and brush your brain. You already know that meditation, journaling and spending time in nature are life transforming practices. 2019 promises to be the year of learning, maturation and transformation. Wishing you all 2019 showered with health, joyous vitality and health! Here are this year’s thaals...

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AMAZING AFRICA: BOTSWANA AND ZIMBABWE

When we get into the forest… we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves…Life will rush in.”  D. H. Lawrence I can’t resist sharing with you photos and selected videos that Manoj and I shot in Chobe National Park in Botswana, and Sable Alley in Okavango Delta. In Chobe we stayed in a thatched chalet at enchanting Muchenje Safari Lodge. We had an awe-inspiring view of the Chobe River and Namibia’s Zambezi region. We went for our usual morning and evening safaris but also had the pleasure of boat safari on Chobe River and walking safari in Chobe National Park. This park is widely known for its large Kalahari elephant population, estimated to be around 50,000. In Muchenje, it was our honor to...

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All ABOUT MEDITATION

Our eight year old granddaughter, Ariana Choi chose "Meditation" as the topic for her science project. During Thanksgiving Holiday we talked about what, how and why of meditation. Here is her final project.  ...

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JOHANNESBURG AND VICTORIA FALLS

JOHANNESBURG AND VICTORIA FALLS, SOUTH AFRICA “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley From Garonga Safari Lodge, Limpopo we boarded a flight to Johannesburg. Known to locals as Jo-burg or Jozi, the city is a sprawling economic powerhouse of modern South Africa. Our morning was spent at Satyagraha House, home of the future Mahatma Gandhi for two years, (1908-09). Within its walls Mohandas Gandhi created and developed his philosophy of passive resistance that led to India’s independence in 1947. The simply decorated rooms have been maintained the way they were during his time. The space gives a feeling of comfort and austerity the kind that must inspire profundity. An afternoon visit to the Apartheid Museum left me horrified. I was appalled to see and hear...

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LITTLE GARONGA SAFARI CAMP

LITTLE GARONGA SAFARI CAMP, KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA Our first stop in bushveld was Little Garonga Safari Lodge and dwelling for the four nights. Our luxurious thatched hut was about hundred meters away from the lounge/dining area but each time we left the hut a guard accompanied us as the animals roamed around freely. From the back-porch jungle was in full view. As the animals were most active at sunrise and sunset our morning safari was scheduled from 6:30 to 10:30 and evening safari from 3:30 to 7:00. Hours of driving over parched unpaved road we saw nothing but leafless tree branches, bushes and dry grass. The earth had recently awakening from the winter, so the animals and birds were visible from long distances. We saw a lioness carry three cubs, one at a...

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Traveling in Southern Africa

More than ever before, our recent trip in Southern Africa has made me realize how traveling makes us see instead of merely look. As I journey I do not take anything for granted. Even the routine such as eating, bathing, sleeping, talking get framed with attention. With each travel the new experiences stretch mind and open heart a bit more. As outer surroundings widen the world within also broadens. Traversing gives contour to the routine at home because you see them with new eyes. You don’t have to go to a distant land. You may choose to go to plains if you live in the mountains or visit small towns if you live in the big city. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before,” advises Dalai Lama. CAPE TOWN,...

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