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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.

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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 Amazon.com, click here.

    - Leah’s Book Release

Recent Posts

Worth A Read: We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Worth A Read: We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sep 1, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: This pocket-sized book, all of 48 pages, has been holding its own on bestseller lists for months. It’s the transcript of Nigerian novelist Adichie’s 2012 TEDx Talk with the same title, a personal essay about what it means to be a feminist today. The GIST: As Adichie writes in her introduction, she was hesitant to […]

Worth A Read: A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson

Worth A Read: A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson

Aug 25, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: One of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015, from the award-winning author of Life After Life. The GIST: A ‘companion’ to Life After Life ( which I have not read ). This story focuses on Teddy, the beloved little brother of Ursula Todd, from that debut novel. Teddy is an old Brit reviewing his […]

We Have Lift-Off

We Have Lift-Off

Aug 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

We stared at the television, straining to see the grainy black-and-white footage of the lunar landscape. The spaceship looked like something built with Legos, and the astronaut looked like the Michelin man, moving awkwardly on the cratered grey surface. Neil Armstrong spoke his historic words as we – my siblings and cousins and I – […]

Worth A Read: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Worth A Read: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Aug 18, 2015 | No Comments

  The BUZZ: Coates is an award-winning journalist and national correspondent for The Atlantic. This extended essay/memoir is his second book. The GIST: Written as a letter to his son, Coates explores what it means to be a black man in America today. He sees current racial violence as part of a history of assault that has […]

Weed It Out

Weed It Out

Aug 14, 2015 | No Comments

I was away for a week and didn’t get a chance to weed my small garden before I left. A few waterings would be missed in my absence, so I hoped that weeds wouldn’t gain too much ground. I returned to find more invaders than I expected. Two rainstorms had nourished my herbs and vegetables, […]