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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Love on the Edge

Love on the Edge reveals the essence and evolution of the human need for relationship, written in a time when we’re all searching for deeper meaning and connection....

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Poems: Writers & Writing

You will be amazed to read how long walks in silence can boost your creativity and enhance your day to day life. This slim volume will guide you through the benefits of walking mindfully through wilderness. Try it. You will be glad you did....

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Hopeful, Healthier, Cheerful 2021!

Happy and Healthy New Year to Our Family and Friends with these Navreh Thaals (Kashmiri Ritual) from Manoj and me and our daughters, Srimal and Zoon! The plates (thaals) show bowls of milk and yogurt, sweets and salt, fresh and dry fruit, book and notebook, pen and pencil, gold jewelry and a mirror. The items are placed over uncooked rice. Other items may include red chili, pods of tamarind or similar items. At the end of the day each ingredient is transferred back to their containers. (This year Zoon included “pink flowers for those we lost and vaccine card for those still here and those whom we can save.”) Rice symbolizes sustenance and gold abundance. The transformative process of milk turning into yogurt signifies skill, method, duration and patience it requires for a task to begin, jell,...

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James Robinson, Jr.

Way back in the dark ages of 1968, I remember a long-awaited piece of electronic wizardry known as cable tv coming to Pittsburgh. My neighborhood filled with excitement as a representative of the company (Warner Cable) came door-to-door to ask residents what level of cable they wanted. Since we had 4 channels back then, most residents, when asked if the wanted the new product responded with—and I’m paraphrasing— “hell, yeah! I want everything!”...

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Guest This Week: Kathleen Shoop

Hygge is about being kind to yourself—giving yourself a treat, and giving yourself, and each other, a break from the demands of healthy living. Sweets are hyggelige. Cake is hyggelige. Coffee or hot chocolate are hyggeligt, too. Carrot sticks, not so much… it should not be something fancy or extravagant. Foie gras is not hyggeligt. . . ...

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Guest this Week: Lorraine Bonzelet

At the Online Mindful Writers Group (OMWG) Page, I invite a new guest-of-honor every week. This week's guest is Lorraine Bonzelet. To read her daily posts and look at the accompanying photos please go to the Home Page on this website and click the middle button, "Visit and Join." Here is her bio: Lorraine Bonzelet is a retired engineer with an obsession for picture books. In 2005, she nurtured her passion by taking courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature. She started taking a mindful approach to writing and journaling when she was introduced to the Mindful Writers Retreats and Madhu’s Online Mindful Writers Group via Facebook. Lorraine is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her first non-fiction article and photographs are published in Boys’ Quest magazine, Unusual Sports...

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Guest This Week: Jennifer D. Diamond

At the Online Mindful Writers Group (OMWG) Page, I invite a new guest-of-honor every week. This week's guest is Jennifer D. Diamond. To read her daily posts go to the Home Page on this website and click the middle button, "Visit and Join." Here is her bio: Jennifer D. Diamond, MS/CCC-SLP, holds national certification in Speech/Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certificates for Speech/Language Impairment and Reading Specialist, PA state licensure in Speech/Language Therapy, and is a writer of short stories, personal essays, and In-Between/Tween Fiction. Diamond’s first published short story appears in the Mindful Writers Retreat Anthology, Over the River and Through the Woods, forward by Kathleen Shoop, edited by Demi Stevens, 2019. Her short personal essay, Fighting the Shadows, was accepted for the COVID-19 themed anthology, The New Normal:...

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