The Mandala Writers Circle

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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

Account for Magic

Account for Magic

Jan 23, 2015 | No Comments

When I was very young, I spent many evenings listening as my father told me and my older brother stories he invented on the spot. They were what he called his Black Jack the Pirate and the Golden Princess series, and they involved daring rescues, flying turtles, ominous birds of prey, and lots of cliffhangers. […]

Worth A Read: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Worth A Read: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Jan 19, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ:  Maya Angelou was a renowned author and poet, singer, dancer, and producer, a voice for women and blacks, and the recipient of multiple awards and honorary degrees. She published this memoir – the first of what turned out to be seven volumes – in 1969, when she was 31. The GIST:  This is the […]

Grease the Pan

Grease the Pan

Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments

A conversation with my dear friend, Sue, often leaves me with a valuable nugget that improves my life. Recently, I filled her in on an upcoming event I was dreading. My participation was required in a space that didn’t suit me well, and had previously left me with a migraine. She knew the story. It […]