The Mandala Writers Circle

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Stories expand our world, and exposure to good writing improves our craft. Find our book recommendations here.

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

Recent Posts

Give It Time

Give It Time

Mar 27, 2015 | No Comments

The first day of spring has come and gone, but gray piles of ice from the record-breaking snowfall persist in the yard. Mounds remain, higher than my waist, from clearing the roof and plowing the driveway. It has been a long winter. I love the snow. Battening down the hatches for a storm is exciting. […]

Worth A Read: Mindfulness In Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana

Worth A Read: Mindfulness In Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana

Mar 23, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Written almost twenty-five years ago, this classic introduction to meditation is enjoying renewed attention with the popular culture’s interest in mindfulness. The GIST: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is a revered Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk and teacher. In this slim volume, he invites us to define mindfulness as a transformational way of being. A […]

Return to Life, Ishmael Beah at Boston’s Symphony Hall

Return to Life, Ishmael Beah at Boston’s Symphony Hall

Mar 20, 2015 | No Comments

When Ishmael Beah strides across a stage he lights up the entire room, an irrepressible combination of intelligence and charisma. He stood at the podium at Wednesday’s Speakers Series event and his joyful presence lifted all of us a little higher. If you didn’t know his story, you might assume he is one of those lucky few who has […]

Worth A Read: Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Worth A Read: Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Mar 16, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: The sixth novel by internationally bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret (If you can get past the dopey titles, there is substance here). Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have teamed up to bring it to the big screen. The GIST: The story follows three mothers whose children attend kindergarten together in a beachside […]

Worth A Read: H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

Worth A Read: H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

Mar 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

  The BUZZ: First published in the UK in 2014 where it became a bestseller and a winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. A current NYT non-fiction bestseller. The GIST: Helen Macdonald’s father dies suddenly on a London street, and her world dissolves. With no partner, no job, and no home of her own, she […]