2015 Being

Most everything has been added now, you may see one or two more pieces slip in over the next few days.

When you see or ready something you like, leave a comment for the contributor, and tell her what resonated. It makes all the difference! -Anora

BEING

 

Letter from the Editor (forthcoming)

Featured Artist

Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Artist

North Carolina, USA

The Greeter

Featured Poet

 Terri Kirby Erikson, Poet

North Carolina, USA

To Love Yourself

Contributors by First Name

A.J. Huffman, Poet

Florida, USA

Three Poems:

I Am Hollow

Occupied

Reflection

Alexandra Hamer, Artist

North Carolina, USA via England

Rest

Nightfoil

A Dream after Imogen Cunningham

Andrea Hennings, Artist

North Carolina, USA via Germany

Beautiful Kisa

Javan Gibbon II

Axel

In Your Eyes

Anne-Karine Thoresen, Artist

North Carolina, USA via Norway

A Clover for Luck

Portrait of a Meercat

Honeycomb

Beekeeper

Aradhna Sethi, Writer

Europe via India

Power

Bonnie Korta

North Carolina, USA

Bewitched Hair

Leashed / Unleashed

Ode to Mary’s Tangled Ball of Yarn

Camilla Trinchieri, Author – Artist

New York, USA via Italy

A War Story

Three Images

Candice Claire Falloon

North Carolina, USA

TBA

Cara Long, Writer

New York, USA

Too Good

Leea Glasheen

Wisconsin, USA

Adriana

Diane Z. DeBella, Poet-Author

Colorado, USA

Another Growing Season Done

Emily Wilhelm, Chef

North Carolina, USA

Summertime

June 26, 2015

Florentina Staigers, Poet

Undressed

Genevieve Guedra, Poet

France

Two Poems

Glenis Redmond, Poet

South Carolina, USA

Our Spirit Stands

Gloria D. Gonsalves, Poet

Germany, via Tanzania

The Mindfulness Creed

Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth

United Kingdom & Nepal

Foreboding

Jasmine Kang, Poet

California, USA

Through all Times

Karol Anderson, Painter

North Carolina via Florida, USA

Portraits

Katherine Mecham, Artist

North Carolina, USA

The Father and Mother of Nations

African Queen

FGM

Katya Abazajian, Writer

Washington DC, USA

The Bayou Bends

Kimberly T Hawks

North Carolina, USA

You Lookin’ at Me

Kim Werfel, Artist

North Carolina, USA

Queen of Swords

Gypsy

Laurie Kolp, Poet

Texas, USA

Birthing Blue

Mothering Mother

Lisa Rizzo, Poet

California, USA

Washing Dishes

Lesvos

Mali Warshofsky, Poet

United States, via Poland and Israel

On the Park Bench

Wounded

Mariah Wheeler, Artist & Writer

North Carolina, USA

Maia, Goddess of the Sea

Marilyn Penrod, Artist

North Carolina, USA

Soul Beings

Stillness at Eventide

Moira Kowalczyk, Photographer & Writer

New Jersey, USA

Did You See Them, the Scullers

Najla Shawa, Writer

Gaza, Palestine

Waves Wash the Wounded Shore

Nancy L. Smith, Artist

North Carolina, USA

Blue Jewel

Garden of Soul

Paula Dawn Lietz, Photographer & Artist

Canada

A Red Bordeaux

Losing My Sense of Time

Paulette Turcotte, Multi-Media Artist

British Columbia, Canada

I Want You to Know My Dreams…

Rose Bernal, Poet

New York, USA

Vibration of Life

Lightness of Being

Sandra Anfang

California, USA

Born into Water

Kindergarten

Sarah Goshal, Poet

New Jersey, USA

Upon Talking to Myself

Evolution

Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Artist

North Carolina, USA

The Greeter

Awakening

Susan Windle, Poet

Pennsylvania, USA

Three Poems:

Pretend You are God

Mission Statement

Gift

Terri Hadley Ward, Poet

West Virginia, USA

In the Mirror

Terri Kirby Erikson, Poet

North Carolina, USA

To Love Yourself

Terry Gomez, Writer

New Mexico, USA

Ponderings

Tiare Snow, Writer

Western Australia

Map

Tiffany Teoh, Poet

Australia via Malaysia

To My Daughter

Tricia Knoll, Poet

Oregon, USA

Tabloid Spotlight on the Hollywood Starlet

About Being

This issue started out with the theme of “Self-Love” inspired by a moving essay by Terri Kirby Erickson on Facebook. The theme is so important for women (and likely for men too, though differently) that it’s a must-have theme.

But look up the word “Self-Love” and you will find dozens of negative variants that are considered synonyms. It’s clear that the geography of that concept needs redefining. Is there another word?

Being” surfaced as a single word theme that can encompass self-love, but without the negative connotations of narcissism, undue self-regard and more. Being can address self-love, in the compassionate sense of self; the compassionate regard for self as for others; an equanimity of self -regard and other-regard, in contrast to only celebrating regard for others.