Editorial Note, December 1, 2013: Many fine writers and thinkers of conscience and compassion linked hearts here at The Bardo Group. We are grateful to our community of bloggers and to those share their enthusiasm and insights in the form of “follows” and comments.
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Please note: As of December 1, 2013, this Page is in the process of revision. Once completed it will include submission guidelines and definitions of core team member, contributor, and guest and the requirements for maintaining standing in each of these catagories.
- Jamie Dedes, Founder and Host
Wendy Alger ~ is studying Buddhist chaplaincy and is a fine arts photographer with vision challenges. She has visual impairment due to retinitis pigmentosa. She explains that new camera technologies make it easier. “I use a digital camera and I can review my pictures on the camera instead of in a dark room. I have a digital dark room, which consists of a laptop and Photoshop and Lightroom. This allows me to transform and print my images at home. I also use visual memory … I remember feeling to get through a photo session.”
John Anstie (My Poetry Library and 42) ~ is a member of our Core Team, a British poet and writer and multi-talented gentleman self-described as a “Family man, Grandfather, Occasional Musician, Amateur photographer and Film-maker, Apple-MAC user, Implementation Manager, and Engineer. John participates in d’Verse Poet’s Pub and is a player in New World Creative Union. He’s been blogging since the beginning of 2011. John is also an active member of The Poetry Society (UK).
John has been involved in the recent publication of two anthologies: for The Grass Roots Poetry Group, he produced and edited their anthology, “Petrichor* Rising” and d’Verse Poet Pub, in which John’s poetry also appears The d’Verse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry, produced and edited by Frank Watson.
Naomi Baltuck ~ a member of our Core Team, is a world-traveler and an award-winning writer, photographer, and story-teller whose works of fiction and nonfiction are available through Amazon HERE. Naomi presents her wonderful photo-stories – always interesting and rich with meaning and humor – at Writing Between the Lines, Life from the Writer’s POV. She delivers workshops such as Peace Porridge (multicultural stories to promote cooperation, goodwill, and peaceful co-existance), Whispers in the Graveyard (a spellbinding array of haunting and mysterious stories), Tandem Tales, Traveling Light Around the World, and others. For more on her programs visit Naomi Baltuck.com
Victoria Ceretto-Slotto (liv2write2day’s blog) ~ a member of our Core Team and a former nurse, Victoria is a novelist, poet, artist, and a docent at Nevada Museum of Art. Her novel Winter Is Past was recently published. A second novel is in progress.
Victoria finds inspiration in the mysteries of life, death, art and spirituality. She resides in Reno, Nevada and Palm Desert, California where she lives with her photographer husband and two canine kids. Victoria shares some of her poetry on liv2write2day’s blog, where she also provides writing prompts and offers coaching with Wordsmith Wednesday.
Dr. Niamh Clune (On the Plum Tree) ~ is the author of the Skyla McFee series: Orange Petals in a Storm, and Exaltation of a Rose. She is also the author of The Coming of the Feminine Christ: a ground-breaking spiritual psychology. Niamh received her Ph.D. from Surrey University on Acquiring Wisdom Through The Imagination and specialises in The Imaginal Mind and how the inborn, innate wisdom hidden in the soul informs our daily lives and stories. Niamh’s books are available in paperback (children’s books) and Kindle version (The Coming of the Feminine Christ). Her Amazon page is HERE. Niamh is the owner and founder of Plum Tree Books, an independent publishing company.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer ~ a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded by parents inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies. The reason for the lack of therapies was very simple: lack of funding. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved. Link to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer HERE.
Jamie Dedes ~ I am the founder and host of The Bardo Group, a spirited international collaborative of poets, essayists, story tellers, artists, musicians and photographers. Our core team members function independently and yet with a remarkable synergy. They do everything. They are the stars. I have simply created a sharing space.
For the past five years I’ve blogged at The Poet by Day, the journey in poem, formerly titled Musing by Moonlight (hence the url). Poetry is my spiritual practice. Each Saturday as a guest of the extraordinary Niamh Clune, I post Soul Speak with Jamie Dedes on Plum Tree Books’ Facebook Page. Soul Speak, my first poetry collection will be published by Plum Tree Books sometime toward the end of 2014. More on that to come.
If you like, you can join me on Facebook at: Jamie Dedes, my poetry/humanities page, and/or Compassionate Lifestyle (animal rights and welfare, food ~ vegan, gluten-free, soy-free ~ and health, environment), and/or Into the Bardo (spiritual/religious).
Renee Espriu ~ is a creative prose writer and poet. She began delighting us with her work at Renee Just Turtle Flight in March 2011. The work she shares with us there includes short stories. Renee is a daughter, mother, grandmother, and seeker of spiritual peace and soul-filled freedom. She’s studied at the graduate level and has attended seminary. She describes her belief system as eclectic, encompassing many faiths. She believes “Nature is the basis of everything that is and everything that is is also a part of Nature.”
Karen Fayeth ~ a member of our Core Team, blogs at Oh Fair New Mexico. Born with the writer’s eye and the heart of a story-teller, Karen Fayeth’s work is colored by the Mexican, Native American, and Western influences of her roots in rural New Mexico complemented by a growing urban aesthetic. Karen now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. When she’s not spinning a tale, she works as a senior executive for science and technology research organization.
Karen has won awards for her writing, photography, and art. Recent publication credits include a series of three features in New Mexico magazine and an essay with the online magazine Wild Violet. Her latest short story will be published in the May edition of Foliate Oak. Karen’s photography is garnering considerable attention, but her proudest moment was having her “Bromance” (Aubry Huff and Pat Burrell) photo featured on Intentional Talk hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar on MLB TV. She’s a Giant’s fan.
Shakti Ghosal ~ has been blogging (ESGEE musgings )since September 30, 2011. He was born at New Delhi, India. Shakti is an Engineer and Management Post Graduate from IIM, Bangalore. Apart from Management theory, Shakti remains fascinated with diverse areas ranging from World History, Economic trends to Human Psychology & Development.
A senior Management professional, Shakti has been professionally involved over twenty-five years at both International and India centric levels spanning diverse business areas and verticals. With a strong bias towards action and results, Shakti remains passionate about team empowerment and process improvement.
Shakti currently resides in the beautiful city of Muscat in Oman with wife Sanchita, a doctorate and an Educationist. They are blessed with two lovely daughters, Riya and Piya.
Priscilla Galasso ~ a member of our Core Team, started her blog at scillagrace.com to mark the beginning of her fiftieth year. Born to summer and given a name that means ‘ancient’, her travel through seasons of time and landscape has inspired her to create visual and verbal souvenirs of her journey.
“My courage is in the affirmation of my part in co-creation”, she wrote in her first published poem, composed on her thirtieth birthday and submitted alongside her seven-year-old daughter’s poem to Cricket magazine. Her spiritual evolution began in an Episcopal environment and changed in pivotal moments: as a teenager, her 20-year old sister died next to her in a car crash and, decades later, Priscilla’s husband and the father of her four children died of coronary artery disease and diabetes in his sleep at the age of forty-seven. Awakening to mindfulness and reconsidering established thought patterns continues to be an important part of her life work.
Currently living in Wisconsin, she considers herself a lifelong learner and educator. She gives private voice lessons, is employed by two different museums and runs a business (Scholar & Poet Books, via eBay and ABE Books) with her partner, Steve.
Natasha Head’s debut poetry collection (from Winter Goose Publishing) was Nothing Left to Lose, a Pushcart Prize nominee for 2012. A year later – almost to the day – her newest offering, Pulse. was released. Natasha blogs at The Tashtoo Parlour and participates in a leadership role on d’Verse ~ Poets Pub. She is the founder and coordinator of New World Creative Union.
Charles W. Martin – a fine poet of social conscience has been blogging since January 17, 2010 and no doubt writing poetry all his life. We delight to feature him on Into the Bardo and we know you are as pleased with his work as we are. Charlie is a photographer and poet living in Southern California. He enjoys world travel and is concerned about humanitarian issues. He is trained as a Speech and a Language Pathologist. (M.S. & Ph.D.) We highly recommend regular visits to his blog, Reading Between the Minds.
Marilynn Mair ~ of Celebrating a Year is known as the “angel of the tremolo” and “the first lady of mandolin”. Marilynn is Professor of Music at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Her most recent CDs are Meu Bandolim and Enigmatica. Her most recent book is Brazilian Choro - A Method for Mandolin. For more of Marilynn’s story, link HERE.
Marlene McNew ~ is a former company controller. She began exhibiting symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (P.D.) nine years ago. Her blog (Strange Gift) is a vehicle for sharing her interests and her experiences with P.D. Marlene is a diehard (avid) skier. A believer in the power of one’s spirit to overcome adversity, she challenged her physical endurance, successfully completing a triathlon in 2012. She’s planning to participate in a second triathlon in 2013. Marlene expresses her beautiful spirit through poems, video poems, and paintings. Her YouTube channel is SkiDisiple.
Liliana Negoi (Endless Journey and in Romanian curcubee în alb şi negru) ~ is a member of our core team on Into the Bardo. She is the author of three published volumes of poetry in English, which is not her mother tongue but one that she came to love especially because of writing: Sands and Shadows, Footsteps on the San – tanka collection and The Hidden Well. The last one can also be heard in audio version, read by the author herself on her SoundCloud site HERE. Many of her creations, both poetry and prose, have been published in various literary magazines.
Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. ~ is a life coach and grief counselor living and practicing in Portola Valley, California. He is a Buddhist and a long-time practitioner of self-relations psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. With an abiding interest in music, art, yoga, nature, shamanism, and mind-body practices, Rob has sought for many years to find ways to apply meditation and mindfulness in his spiritual practice and his life.
Terri Stewart ~ a member of our Core Team, comes from an eclectic background and considers herself to be grounded in contemplation and justice. She is the Director and Founder of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition that serves youth affected by the justice system. As a recent graduate of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, she earned her Master’s of Divinity and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Direction with honors and is a rare United Methodist student in the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. She is a contributing author to the Abingdon Worship Annual.
Myra Schneider ~ is a poet, a poetry and writing tutor, and the author of Writing My Way Through Cancer and, with John Killick, Writing Your Self. Her poetry collections, Circling the Core and Multiply the Moon, were published by Enitharmon Press. She has eight published collections.
Myra’s long poems have been featured in Long Poem Magazine and Domestic Cherry. She co-edited with Dilys Wood, Parents, an anthology of poems by 114 women about their own parents. She started out writing fiction for children and teens. We first discovered Myra through her much-loved poem about an experience with cancer, The Red Dress, which she generously shared with readers here in our Perspectives on Cancer series in 2011.
Currently Myra lives in North London, but she grew up in Scotland and in other parts of England. She lives with her husband and they have one son. She tutors through Poetry School, London.
Michael Watson ~ a member of our Core Team, has been blogging (Dreaming the World) since September of 2009. He is a shamanic practitioner, psychotherapist, educator, and artist of First Nations* (Mixed Eastern Woodlands, Cherokee and Lakota Sioux) and European (British Isles) descent. He lives and works in Burlington, Vermont.
Michael’s teachers and his teachers teachers were shamans. His work is influenced by both the traditions of the First Nations and contemporary Western traditions. It reflects a strong sense of “connection to the forces and processes of Nature.” The greater objective of his work is to “support others in developing intimate, transformative relationships with both Self, and the natural world.”
Dilys Wood ~ Dilys is poet, editor and founder of Second Light Network of Women Poets. She has edited four anthologies of women’s poetry, mainly with Myra Schneider and has published two collections of poetry, Women Come to a Death and Antarctica. She is a great advocate for women poets, especially those who come to the art and craft of it late in life.