Hidden in Childhood – Full Cover Reveal and Preface — Short Prose

This highly anticipated anthology is ready to launch in late January 2023. I would like to share Gabriela Marie Milton’s post about the book and her preface. Clearly, this anthology is a major contribution to literature and society.  Her revelation that childhood never really ends is profound. That time is linear is an illusion and... Continue Reading →

“Review of Glass Awash, by Ken Gierke” by Barbara Leonhard

I wrote a review of Ken Gierke’s stunning debut poetry collection. You can find it at MasticadoresUSA. What immediately impresses the reader is the cover, which displays stones hewn into glass by water and time. Different shades of blue and green, … “Review of Glass Awash, by Ken Gierke” by Barbara Leonhard Divider Image: by GDJ on... Continue Reading →

“Warm Holiday Wishes” from Barbara Leonhard

I would like to share my holiday greetings from my post on MasticadoresUSA. May your holiday season be joyous and and your new year be prosperous! Please read on for my thoughts and photos…..

MasticadoresUsa // Editor: Barbara Leonhard

This is the time of year when we celebrate many occasions. I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all of you as you gather for spiritual and emotional renewal, as you light candles, enjoy traditional foods, exchange gifts, and reconnect with family and friends to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s. The Winter Solstice is also symbolic to many people.

What do these holidays have in common? Light. We light candles and decorate with lights. We’re enlightened with scripture, history, and family traditions. We’re brightened by gifts and goodies.

In winter, people sometimes feel introspective and even depressed. The days get shorter and darker. Truly some feel like they are hibernating in the shadows. The Solstice promises a shift in our light, and Christmas, hope in a rebirth with a new year and a new spring. Hanukkah and Kwanzaa teach that we can rise up against the…

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