BellaOnline Literary Review
Keegan by KJ Ward

Diane Cipollo Diane Cipollo

Diane Cipollo started as a traditional pen and ink artist in the greeting card industry and won third place in the Decorative Artist's Workbook 1998 Holiday Card Contest. She has always been fascinated by animated movies such as Disney's Fantasia and turned in her traditional pen and ink for digital pixels several years ago when digital art and animation software arrived on the scene. She has been with BellaOnline since 2003 as editor for the HTML, PHP, Flash and Digital Art and Design sections.

Mary-Anne Durkee Mary-Anne Durkee

Mary-Anne Durkee is a serious foodie and to have the best ingredients she grows her own, including heirloom tomatoes, chiles, and a multitude of herbs. Her garden is a virtual plethora of ethnic veggies and herbs. She has 2 grown children, and 4 grandchildren and all of them love to cook and eat. Her grandparents were farmers in the Ohio Valley. Her whole family always has gardens containing many heirloom tomatoes. She so loves heirloom tomatoes she has a site:

Danny W Florio Danny W Florio

Dan Florio has been taking digital pictures since 1998, before most people knew there were digital cameras. He especially likes taking pictures of contrasts in light and isn't afraid to use Photoshop to get what he wants. Trips to Europe are his specialty. In his day job he is an Actionscript developer inventing creative Flash/Flex/AIR apps. Visit his blog/portfolio at

Jill Florio Jill Florio

Jill Florio is an award-winning digital photographer who enjoys capturing the spirit of the American Southwest. You can find her on mountaintops, in slot canyons, dangling from sheer rock walls and sometimes deep in the hidden chasms of limestone caves. She composes poetry while belaying on long, multi-pitch rock climbs. Some day she will live in a hand-made, off-the-grid tree house and practice yoga while painting for a living. You might catch her on Twitter as HippyGeek. If you're lucky.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who has loved all forms of writing for as long as she can remember. She currently serves as BellaOnline’s editor for Catholicism and Cats, and writes for Melissa also enjoys many other creative activities, like digital photography and crafting projects. She loves natural beauty, especially mountains and waterfalls. Visit her at her BellaOnline sites or at her Squidoo page:

Ruthe R. McDonald Ruthe R. McDonald

Ruthe McDonald is a freelance writer, editor and inspirational speaker. She is also a Biblical Studies teacher, who's also active in her community and sits on the Board of Directors for UNCDC of PA, which builds and rehabs affordable housing. Ruthe is current editor for BellaOnline's African American Culture site. Currently, Ms. McDonald is preparing for the release of her first novel, "Southern Comfort". You can read her Sunday Blog, Reflections, at:

BettyAnn Schmidt BettyAnn Schmidt

Bettyann Schmidt is Christian Literature editor for BellaOnline, reviewer for Thomas Nelson Books, and a freelance writer. Current work in progress is a nonfiction book, The Life-Message Scrapbook. BettyAnn, husband Gary, and youngest son Jeff, reside on a 250-acre Tennessee farm. Photography is a hobby, and "Nature Proclaims" was shot on Anna Maria Island, Florida, while on vacation. You can visit her website at

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a limited amount of time and space. She is drawn to the ocean and has spent many quiet evenings watching the sun set over docks and fishing boats. Her stories, poems, and images are often full of natural beauty and peaceful serenity. She also enjoys the expansive possibilities of sci-fi writing. You can enjoy thousands of her photos at

Ora Belle Smith Ora Belle Smith

Ora Belle Smith was born in 1893 in Tennessee. In 1913 she was one of the first students to attend a brand new college for women, learning academics and athletics. Her grandfather, William Jackson Smith, was born in Tennessee in 1839.

Erika Lyn Smith Erika Lyn Smith

Erika Lyn smith is the ADD and Missing and Exploited Children Editors at Erika loves to photograph nature and macro objects. Erika is a self taught photographer and artist. She especially loves creating colorful and vibrant artwork from her digital photography. To explore more of Erika's artwork and photography, please visit her website at

Jeanette Stingley Jeanette Stingley

This issue features the digital photography entitled Beauty by Jeanette Stingley.

Eby Viswanath Eby Viswanath

Eby Viswanath is an Architect/Interior designer, currently living in Bangalore, India. She is passionate about colours, brushes, pencils, nature, etc. Her dreams are her inspiration and she occasionally tries her hand at poetry and prose also.

Jane Waller Jane Waller

Jane Waller was born in 1924 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She grew up an athletic tomboy; her childhood dream was to be a circus acrobat riding on horses. She could out-shoot her fiance, who was "one of Uncle Sam's sharp shooters," and graduated from college in an era when many felt a woman could not handle the rigors of higher education.

Deb Bonam
Deb is the Creativity Editor at BellaOnline. She is an acrylics painter and digital photographer. Her B.S. Degree is in Written Communications from Eastern Michigan University. She likes to divide her time between her writing pursuits and her art.

Rachel Brower
Rachel Brower is a 42 year old woman who works in the food industry and childcare. She has been writing poetry on and off for over 15 years, and has about 50 publications to her credit, including THE CHIRON REVIEW, SACRED JOURNEY, POETSHAVEN and THE STORYTELLER, to name just a few ...

Gillian Buchanan
Gillian Buchanan has written for BellaOnline since 2001 working as the Tatting editor, Knitting editor and then in 2008 the Classical Music editor. This piece is, however, her first published poetry and she is honoured that it has been included in Mused.

Marilyn Crain
Marilyn is a freelance writer, aspiring photographer and the SouthCentral USA Travel editor at BellaOnline. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her with a book or camera in hand.

Amanda D. Barncord Doerr
Amanda D. Barncord Doerr is a single mother of two teenagers, working on a masters in Applied Behavioral Science at Oklahoma City University. She has long had an interest in creative writing, science and art. Other examples of her writings can be found at

Janie Emaus
Janie Emaus has been writing stories all her life. Her work has appeared in previous issues of Mused, True Confessions, Woman's World, Chicken Soup for the Parents' Soul, the Unsinkable Soul and the Sisters' Soul,, and Her column THE BLOGGING BABY BOOMER: THEN & NOW can be read at

Lee Evans
Lee Evans was born in Maryland, and is currently living in Bath, Maine. After graduating from college he held a variety of jobs, including those of landscape laborer, floral delivery man, collection attendant for Goodwill Industries, and clerk at the Maryland State Archives. His poems have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Rhyme, The Road Not Taken and The Deronda Review. He has produced two poetry collections, Maryland Weather and Nor’easter, which are available on

Monique Celeste Hayes
Monique Hayes has been writing fiction since she was in elementary school. Her most sought after goal is to explore diverse voices in her writing, especially the voices of women and minorities. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the University of Maryland College Park. When not working at the Folger Shakespeare Library, she tries to find the time to finish her first novel.

Gregory A. Kompes
Gregory A. Kompes, The Writerpreneur (, is the author of the bestselling 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live, and the Writer's Series. He speaks frequently on Internet self promotion and is co-founder of the Patchwork Path anthology series. Gregory is editor of The Fabulist Flash, an informative newsletter for writers, and the award winning Eighteen Questions, a Q&A series that collects and shares the experiences of published authors.

Sharon Lasitter
Sharon Lasitter is a long-time resident of Vermont, where she writes full time. Her first novel, "Dover Graye" is to be released in December, 2008. "Dover Graye" (published under the pen name Shannon Lee Wolf) will be available through the CreateSpace eStore and

Danielle R. Morrow
At an early age Danielle R. Morrow was a natural storyteller. From a young age she wowed the church crowd with stories of her new baby brother and continued to develop her voice.

Alpana Patel-Camilli
Alpana is a freelance travel writer with a passion for bird watching, nature, and outdoor adventure. She is currently working on a creative historical novel about her grandfather's involvement with Mahatma Gandhi in early 20th century British India.

Kathye Fetsko Petrie
Kathye Fetsko Petrie is a freelance writer, the author of the children's picture book, "Flying Jack," and the editor/founder of Local LIT, an online resource of literary events taking place in the Philadelphia area. Kathye specializes in writing about books and writers. Her publication credits include a 2001 interview with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist William Styron which was reprinted in "Best New Writing 2007." For more information please visit

Lili Ann Pintea-Reed
Lili Pintea-Reed is writer/artist who lives in the wooded hills of Western New York State in a rambling old Victorian house, with her devoted husband, son, and many pets. She writes the Frugal Living column for as well as many other projects.

Connie Werner Reichert
Connie Werner Reichert is the President/Consultant of the award-winning company, Write Side Up Copywriting & Publicity. Her media expertise spans more than 20 years. She is a former Radio/TV Newscaster and Newswriter. This poem is copyright © 2008 by Connie Werner Reichert and Write Side Up Copywriting & Publicity, Latrobe, CA. For reprint permission contact Connie directly at her website at

Donna Sciandra
Donna is a retired elementary school teacher.

Bob See
Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of air shows, wildlife, and landscapes. The camera used for the red panda, puffin, and Irish stallion was a Nikon 8008 with a Sigma 75-300 APO. For the grouper image he used a Canon EOS 20-D with a Canon EFS 17-85mm IS. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at

Ilya Shambat
Ilya Shambat came to America from Russia at age 12, finished university at 18, and at age 30 moved to Australia to marry his wife Melanie. They have a daughter named Lillian. He has translated four books of classical Russian poetry into English, been featured at poetry readings, published a poetry book, and has friends all over the DC and San Francisco cultural scenes. Ilya is also involved in clean energy advocacy. His poems can be found at

Tessa Elizabeth Smith McGovern
Tessa is an English writer based in CT, USA and Devon, England. Her fiction often involves eccentric English characters in not-so-idyllic rural Sussex, and a bit of an obsession with Virginia Woolf. To learn more about publishing short shorts in the US and the UK, sign up for her newsletter at

Carly Ann Swanberg
Carly graduated from the University of Vermont in 2005. She now lives in Washington DC, but cannot wait to return to the Green Mountain State as DC is incredibly uninspiring.

Kathleen Thomas
Kathleen Thomas is a former schoolteacher, management specialist, and healthcare consultant. KT is now a volunteer with AMSAD Center, the American SIDS-Autonomic Dysfunction Center []. AMSAD is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to reducing deaths and disabilities related to Sudden Infant Death, SIDS-at-risk, and autonomic dysfunction.

KJ Ward
KJ Ward is a Celtic artist interested in the art that donned the life of England’s kings and queens, including the details in the elaborate clothing. KJ prefers acrylics, gouache and ink along with using 23k gold and copper leaf. Her passion for the genre of ancient manuscripts of Ireland ignited a "symbolic fire" for learning the traditional ways of the illuminators and scribes. This along with the love of Jesus as her savior is reflected in her work. View her work at

Barbara Williams
Barbara has been writing poetry and songs since she was in high school. With a BA in English/Writing, she earns her living in the workaday world as an IP Paralegal, but writing and singing are her true passions. She hails from Northwest Pennsylvania, but has made her home for the past five years with her husband, Barry, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jody Zolli
Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was 7. Poetry runs in the family, though, as both her mother and grandmother wrote poetry, and had a knack for doggerel verse. Jody has enjoyed being a technical writer for over 20 years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.

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