Vietnam – a look inside

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, so seeing these locales finally get their dues in the new King Kong film is pretty exciting. The movie looks beautiful, and I’m sure the landscapes they’ve used in northern Vietnam give the film that much more of an otherworldly quality. […]

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Soul Food #9: Gratitude +30 day challenge! — The Bellezza Corner

Hello hello!🙂 I’ve been wanting to write a soul food post about gratitude for a while, and now it feels especially appropriate as Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Though we reserve one special holiday a year for giving thanks, gratitude is really a practice that can be integrated into our everyday routines to help us […]

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November 2016 Supermoon — Photos by Donna

Each year, November’s full moon is called the Beaver Moon. Algonquin Native American tribes as well as American colonists called it the Beaver Moon because “this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Tonight’s Beaver Moon was […]

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50 Word Exercise – Silence

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Unleashing Me

Her husband chewed thoughtfully as he pored over the evening paper.

She wanted to tell him that she was lonely. That she was overwhelmed. She wanted to tell him that she missed being in love.

His eyes met hers briefly across the table.

She said, “Can you pass the salt?”

For the Weekly Writing Challenge.

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Reading to Write

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Quoth The Wordsmith

663092_26111643 You’ll often hear that in order to write, you need to read. Many prominent authors stick by it and advise aspiring writers to make a practice of always having a piece of literature on the go. It’s good advice, as long as you know that if you are reading to write, you need to look at the writing that you are reading differently. Here’s how I do it:

-Accept and note the areas that you have trouble with, whether they include dialogue, structure, characterization, setting, etc. Know and embrace the fact that you have room to improve.

-Pick a story or a book (or a few!) that really made an impression on you in terms of style, tone, and connection. It should be something that you don’t mind reading again, and that you would give a glowing review.

-Read the story slowly. Take your time. Figure out how that story…

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Transient Beauty

The Secret Map

“Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club.

Nothing is static, as fictitious character Tyler Durden says in the novel Fight Club. Certainly not in Seoul, a city whose internal cogs move so fast it wouldn’t know how to slow down, continuously and rapidly evolving. So too for the country’s seasons, which are indeed distinct, yet vastly over-proportioned in the extreme ends of Summer and Winter. Spring doesn’t last long.

The first warm winds of the year allow many things to bloom in Korea. The first empty rice wine bottles of the season sprout all over the country’s convenience store seating. The unveiling of the lower halves of the nation’s young women mirror the covering of all things flesh-related in the old. Floral arrangements are furiously installed in any green space around the cities as the first minute buds on the trees begin…

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