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Volume 1, Issue 4
a publication of Beguine Again and The Bardo Group
Biographies of our Core Team and our Guest Contributors are HERE.
Flower illustrations for this month’s header and table of contents page © 2015, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
The inspiration for this month’s theme is the Christian celebration of Lent, which involves a tradition of fasting and that in turn evolved into “Abundance or Lack of Abundance.”
You’ll find that our contributors have broadened the idea of fasting and also pulled out childhood memories to lend depth to their work. Our lead pieces include a features by Imen Benyoub on fasting in the tradition of Islam; Priscilla Gallaso, who looks to nature for wisdom; and Corina Ravenscraft who offers some ways to assist the hungry.
Included among those poets offering theme-related poems are Myra Schneider, Charles W. Martin and Joseph Hesch.
February is the month of romantic love and we’ve had some fun with it. Not to be missed is Karen Fayeth’s tale, Waiting for Betty. More than a few folks may find their funny bones tickled by because love poems are elegies and everyone will be moved by Imen’s sweetly romantic poem, Stangers Meet.
Not least of this month’s treasures are Liliana Negoi’s Little Accidents, a morality tale; Joe Hesch’s poems; Ruth Jewell’s homage to the New Testament scholar, Marcus Borg; and Naomi Baltuck’s touching photo story commemorating the liberation of the prisoners at Auschwitz and her Drive-by in Detroit. All this under General Interest.
Thanks for joining us here and for your stalwart support as readers, contributors and advisors.
YOUR HELP REQUESTED FOR A SICK CHILD
The work done to publish this magazine and the work contributed is on a volunteer basis. The ads you see are WordPress ads, not our ads. This is a labor of love and part of our individual and group effort toward peace through understanding the human condition in its beautiful diversity. We hope that if you enjoy this Zine and benefit from it you will think of making a donation to one of your favorite causes.
This month we are sharing/suggesting a cause that has come to our attention and touched our hearts. It involves one small boy. If you are able and willing to assist, please let us know by email and we will pass your message on to the appropriate person. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This special request for help comes from a loyal reader (some of you know him), Shakti Ghosal (ESGEE musing, I muse …. as I seek inner peace through Gratitude, Learning and Beauty), who also contributed to this effort when we were just getting started. Shakti is an executive who lives and works in Oman.
“This request comes from my sister-in-law whose husband died of cancer. Since that time, she has worked at helping those suffering from this horrible disease. Now she writes on behalf of a father who is trying to save his five-year-old son’s life, Shivom, a bright little boy who is suffering from Burkitt’s Lymphoma since November 2014.
“The boy is undergoing treatment (intravenous chemotherapy) in Thakurpukur Cancer Hospital [India] since diagnosis.
The cost estimate given by the hospital is around INR 4 lacs. However, his father is not in a position to arrange the amount by himself.”
Our theme this month:
ABUNDANCE OR LACK OF ABUNDANCE
A Celebration of Romantic Love:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“Abundance or Lack of Abundance”
Ego, Redundancy, Fasting and Abundance ~ Spiritual Lessons from Nature, Priscilla Galasso
The Month of Light: Fasting in Islam, Imen Benyoub
Bread as the face of God, Corina Ravenscraft
Oranges, Myra Schneider
Feast or Famine, Charles W. Martin
Feast Days of the Heart, Jamie Dedes
dealer’s choice, Charles W. Martin
Going Fast, Joseph Hesch
Waiting for Betty, Karen Fayeth
Strangers We Meet, Imen Benyoub
A Portrait in February, Jamie Dedes
because love poems are elegies, Jamie Dedes
Marcus Borg . . . and gratitude for our teachers, Ruth Jewell
Little Accidents, Lilliana Negoi
Crunch Time, Joseph Hesch
A Natural Talent, Joseph Hesch
Depth Perception: 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz, Naomi Baltuck
Drive-by Shooting in Detroit, Naomi Baltuck