2015 Being

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    Letter from the Editor (forthcoming)

    Featured Artist

    Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Artist

    North Carolina, USA

    The Greeter

    Featured Poet

     Terri Kirby Erickson, Poet

    North Carolina, USA

    To Love Yourself

    Contributors by First Name

    A.J. Huffman, Poet

    Florida, USA

    Three Poems:

    I Am Hollow



    Alexandra Hamer, Artist

    North Carolina, USA via England



    After Imogen Cunningham - 'The Dream, 1910'

    Andrea Hennings, Artist

    North Carolina, USA via Germany

    Beautiful Kisa

    Javan Gibbon II


    In Your Eyes

    Angela Jackson-Brown

    Indiana, USA

    I Must Not Breathe

    Ann Churcher, Playwright & Author

    United Kingdom

    Sonnet for Autumn

    Anne-Karine Thoresen, Artist

    North Carolina, USA via Norway

    A Clover for Luck

    Portrait of a Meercat



    Aradhna Sethi, Writer

    Europe via India


    Betty Stanton

    Oklahoma, USA



    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

    Three Images & The Rose

    Cara Long, Writer

    New York, USA

    Too Good

    Diane Z. DeBella, Poet-Author

    Colorado, USA

    Another Growing Season Done

    Emily Wilhelm, Chef

    North Carolina, USA


    June 26, 2015

    Florentina Staigers, Poet


    Genevieve Guedra, Poet


    Two Poems

    Glenis Redmond, Poet

    South Carolina, USA

    Our Spirit Stands

    Gloria D. Gonsalves, Poet

    Germany, via Tanzania

    The Mindfulness Creed

    Gloria Martin

    Florida, USA

    In My Space

    Prayer and Meditation



    I Am Woman


    Jan B. Parker

    North Carolina, USA

    The Tiny Chill 

    Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth

    United Kingdom & Nepal


    Jasmine Kang, Poet

    California, USA

    Through all Times

    Karol Anderson, Painter

    North Carolina via Florida, USA


    Katherine Mecham, Artist

    North Carolina, USA

    The Father and Mother of Nations

    The Missing Piece

    African Queen


    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


    Laurie Kolp, Poet

    Texas, USA

    Birthing Blue

    Mothering Mother

    Leea Glasheen

    Wisconsin, USA


    Leslie Waugh

    North Carolina, USA


    Lisa Rizzo, Poet

    California, USA

    Washing Dishes


    Mali Warshofsky, Poet

    United States, via Poland and Israel

    On the Park Bench

    Marcy Corprew, Poet, Storyteller, Playwright

    North Carolina, USA


    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


    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


    Sarah Goshal, Poet

    New Jersey, USA

    Upon Talking to Myself


    Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Artist

    North Carolina, USA

    The Greeter


    Susan Windle, Poet

    Pennsylvania, USA

    Three Poems:

    Pretend You are God

    Mission Statement


    Terri Hadley Ward, Poet

    West Virginia, USA

    In the Mirror

    Terri Kirby Erikson, Poet

    North Carolina, USA

    To Love Yourself

    Terri St. Cloud, Artist, Writer

    Virginia, USA

    Two Wishes

    Terry Gomez, Writer

    New Mexico, USA


    Tiare Snow, Writer

    Western Australia


    Tiffany Teoh, Poet

    Australia via Malaysia

    To My Daughter

    Tricia Knoll, Poet

    Oregon, USA

    Tabloid Spotlight on the Hollywood Starlet

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    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.