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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Some Musings and A Contemplative Walk

Good Morning!We all have experienced acts of love, compassion and humility amidst the current confusing, divisive, devious and callous socio-cultural environment. Here are three of my experiences:One August morning in West Virginia my husband and I went on a four-hour scenic train ride. We sat near a window on a table for four where we were introduced to a young couple. Together we took pleasure in the scenery, chatted, laughed and ate. It was Maryanne and Bernie’s fifteenth wedding anniversary. They were planning to celebrate it with dinner at an expensive restaurant that evening.For dinner we went to a place with the view of the mountains. The wine and the food were delicious. When it was time for us to pay the bill, the waitress said it had already been...

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The Last Suttee on Sale!

Four times award winning novel, THE LAST SUTTEE is on sale for $1:00 until 31st July at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/741193 AWARDS: Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, Book Excellence Award, 2019.Best in Multicultural Fiction, TAZ, 2018. Honorable Mention, Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Writer's Digest Awards, 2018.Honorable Mention, Mythology/Spirituality, Readers Favorite Awards, 2018. ...

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Kathleen George: July Guest of Honor

I am delighted to welcome Kathleen George as our July Guest-of-Honor. Kathleen’s daily practice couldn’t be more different than mine! What she has common with me, and with us all our love for the English language. Welcome Kathleen! Kathleen George is a professor of theatre and writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, The Odds (nominated for an Edgar award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America). She has also authored Hideout, Simple, and A Measure of Blood. All these procedural thrillers are set in Pittsburgh. Also, in 2014 the University of Pittsburgh Press released The Johnstown Girls,her novel about the Johnstown Flood, and in 2018 a novel about Lena Horne and jazz, The Blues Walked In.  Kathleen is the editor of Pittsburgh Noir, a collection...

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Sudha Balagopal: June Guest of Honor

Sudha Balagopal is both, a fiction writer and a yoga teacher/practitioner. Her writing shapes the yoga instruction and her yoga practice hones her writing. In many ways the two disciplines are intertwined since they both involve drawing inward.  She is the author of a novel, A New Dawn, and two short story collections. For the past three years her focus has shifted to flash fiction. In that time, she has had over three dozen flash pieces published in various journals worldwide. Her flash has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions, and is listed in the Wigleaf Top 50, 2019. She won the Soul Making Contest in the flash category for 2017. More at https://sudhabalagopal.com Good morning, everyone! It is an honor and a privilege to be with all you...

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May Guest-of-Honor

Lisa Diane Kastner @lisadkastner, a former president of Pennwriters, founder of Running Wild Writers Community, and current founder and executive editor of Running Wild Press, is my Guest-of-Honor today at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/706933849506291/?source=create_flow ...

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Nancy Springer: April Guest of Honor

Nancy Springer was my Guest of Honor Online Mindful Writers Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/706933849506291/?source=create_flow Nancy Springer is a lifelong professional fiction writer who has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, and mystery.  She has collected starred reviews and other honors until it is no use mentioning them anymore, except maybe for those two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest release is “GrandGhost,” women’s literature with a paranormal twist. But her most popular works, no contest, are a series of short novels about Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister. Beginning with THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS, these six books have been optioned in a major film deal by Legendary Productions.  Emmy-nominated young actress Millie Bobby Brown will star in...

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Timons Esaias on Writing Meditation Practice

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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