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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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    Leah’s first book has been published! As Simple As Breathing: On Yoga, Writing, and Life is a collection of personal essays exploring how we overcome self-doubt, find our purpose, and share our talents. To find out more or purchase on, click here.

    - Leah’s Book Release

Recent Posts

Read Out Loud

Read Out Loud

Apr 24, 2015 | 6 Comments

This past weekend, I hosted a brunch to celebrate the release of Leah’s book. She put together a list of guests from all stages and areas of her life. It was a solid curation of her people: family, friends, coworkers, her yoga teacher. Those who were nearby accepted the invitation and showed up to honor […]

Worth A Read: News from Heaven, by Jennifer Haigh

Worth A Read: News from Heaven, by Jennifer Haigh

Apr 20, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: A collection of short stories by the award-winning author of Faith and Baker Towers (PEN/Hemingway Award, Winship/PEN Award for Fiction). The GIST: These interrelated stories stem from the fallen town of Bakerton, PA. A booming coal-mining burg in the 40’s, Bakerton now struggles to keep its head above water. The mines have closed, […]

Sugar and Spines

Sugar and Spines

Apr 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

The scent of paper and glue and cardboard – something reminiscent of a grade school classroom – wafts toward me just after I pass the laden bake sale tables. The large room is quiet despite its 50 or so occupants. Everyone is very intent, head bowed to their subjects, like miners panning for gold. The […]

Worth A Read: Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

Worth A Read: Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

Apr 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: An oldie but a goodie, this gem from David Sedaris was published in 2000 and became an NYT bestseller, like all of Sedaris’ books. I picked it up at the library book sale and dug right in. The GIST: These twenty-eight semi-autobiographical essays are split into two parts. Part One starts with Sedaris’ failed speech […]

Rearrange the World

Rearrange the World

Apr 3, 2015 | 2 Comments

Growing up, I was always lucky enough to have my own room. Sometimes I would lie awake at night in the moments before sleep grabbed me and think about how I could rearrange my domain. My ideas were so exciting, they’d keep me up past the hour when I should have been asleep. In the […]