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We are Carolyn Heilman and Leah Carey, friends and writing partners. In 2012, we founded the Mandala Writers Circle.

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Make It Real

Make It Real

Dec 19, 2014 | No Comments

I remember the day from my childhood when I stopped believing in Santa Claus. My nine year-old mind made the cognitive leap from a magical view of time and space to a reality-based one. Of course no one could fly around the planet in one night, even with Rudolph. The internal imbalance was uncomfortable as […]

Worth A Read: And Sons, by David Gilbert

Worth A Read: And Sons, by David Gilbert

Dec 15, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Bestseller by the author of The Normals, Washington Post’s Best Book of the Year The GIST: Fifty years ago, the father in this story, A.N.Dyer, wrote Ampersand, a novel of teenage boys in turmoil at prep school. It became a modern classic, establishing Dyer as beloved literary icon, adored by everyone except his […]

Go With Grace

Go With Grace

Dec 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

When this country was not yet a country, an attorney named John Adams took an unfavorable position. He decided to defend the British soldiers who had opened fire on colonists and had killed five of them in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Adams was vilified in the press and among his peers. How […]