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Claudia Ricci
Claudia Ricci, Ph.D. is the author of SEEING RED, -- the first novel to be SERIALIZED ON THE HUFF PO!!

Ricci, who holds a Ph.D. in English, teaches literature, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, State University of New York. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ricci published her first novel, Dreaming Maples, in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (available on Her new novel, Seeing Red, is available at Ricci has published short fiction in a number of literary magazines nationwide. She edits a community writing space at

Entries by Claudia Ricci

Hillary, Come Meditate With Me!

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 9:17 AM

This may sound crazy but I think Hillary Clinton needs to meditate.

Watching her speak last night after winning Mississippi, it occurred to me for about the 200th time that she talks and talks and talks but never catches fire the way Bernie does. It's gotten to the point that...

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For Medical Issues, Some Seek Advice From Clairvoyants

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:44 AM

On August 6, 2003, I had a medical intuitive reading that blew me away. Ever since I wrote a Huffington Post piece on that amazing reading, I have received numerous requests from readers asking for the name and contact information for Karin Newhouse, the medical intuitive who did...

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Stressed? Try Chanting the Chakras!

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Maybe you know all of this already. But for those of you who don't, chanting the chakras is a great way to relax.

A chakra is an energy point in the body. There are seven of them. Says Wikipedia:

"Their name [chakra] derives from the Sanskrit word for...

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Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:49 AM

It's that time of year again: November, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Why somebody somewhere decided that a work of fiction could or should be hammered out in 30 frenetic days originally mystified me.

The idea behind this month-long fiction sprint is that you pour out your creative...

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Target: Take the Poisonous Dog Treats Out of Your Stores

(39) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 9:19 AM

It just so happens that I was all out of dog treats yesterday (we have a wonderful new puppy in a puppy class) when this story popped into my inbox. It was a

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A Christmas Movie You Must See

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 8:49 PM

White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol. Chances are, you've seen them all, and some of them over and over again.

But now comes along a marvelous Christmas movie you haven't seen but should.

Called The Child King, this feature-length film stars a...

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Mandela Tribute Fuels National Immigration Protests, Fasting and Vigils

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 1:36 PM

It's a cold December evening on the Capitol Mall, but several dozen activists are staying warm in a large white tent set up to house the ever-growing number of activists calling for passage of the immigration bill. Dozens of these activists are demonstrating their support by fasting.

The fasting protest...

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After Metro North Accident, Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

(42) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:09 AM

As the National Transportation Safety Board launches its investigation into Sunday's Metro North accident, which killed four and injured more than 60, I am reminded of countless classroom discussions on the subject of disasters. They always came down to the same question: does everything happen for a reason?

Whether it...

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It's About Time We Freed the Friedmans!

(12) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Jesse Friedman, who served 13 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, is now awaiting a decision that could overturn the conviction. Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this story and please consider visiting the website, Justice for Jesse, where you...

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Cain and Abel and the Boston Brothers

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 1:34 PM

As I contemplated the events of the week this morning, I found my mind going to strange places.

First of all I kept seeing the face of the younger brother lying in some hospital bed in Boston.

He has the face of an "angel," according to so many accounts...

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New Year, Old Problem: How to Deal With Life's Disappointments

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 10:29 AM

I arrived on the first day of the four-day silent meditation retreat telling myself not to have any expectations. But of course, I brought them along nonetheless.

What I was hoping for was a lot of silence. Plenty of quiet space in which I could begin to hear the...

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Turning Sixty, the Mind Can Do Wild Things

(11) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 10:50 AM

The sun pours in over my shoulder as I sit down to write this.

I am sitting here trying to absorb the fact that today I turned 60-years-old. It's kind of odd and strange to think about it. I recall a neighbor of mine, an older woman, telling me that...

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Laid Off? Got a Job Interview? It Might Do a Lot of Good to Journal

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 6:40 PM

What do you do when you find that you've boxed yourself in and sealed the lid with layer upon layer of plastic packing tape? How the hell do you set yourself free?

It won't do to sit inside the box and knock politely, hoping someone will hear you on the...

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Could You Forgive Someone Who Murdered Your Only Son?

(9) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 12:37 PM

Seventeen years ago, investment banker Azim Khamisa was 46 years old and leading a pretty ordinary life. He had a good career, two children, and he enjoyed the sunny climate living in beautiful La Jolla, California.

That all changed on a night in 1995 when his only son, Tariq, 20,...

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For Relaxation, Try Chanting the Chakra Vowels!

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 1:32 PM

It was the last week of the happiness class that I teach at my university in the spring semester. We had read dozens of articles, books, stories and novels, all of which had prompted hours of discussion about what it means to be happy. We had also taken...

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Tibetan Monks Crisscross the U.S. Making Sand Mandalas

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 3:52 PM

No, it isn't a rug, a painting or some kind of game board. The magnificent design you see here is an intricately constructed sand mandala, created via painstaking methods by a...

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Students Meet Sid -- Siddhartha, That Is!

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 1:47 PM

If you're on a spiritual quest to find your SELF, or even if you're not, you might enjoy reading Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. I assigned it to my freshmen this past semester and at the start, many of them grumbled. They were just not impressed. They were bored....
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How Meditation Can Spark Creativity and Ease Stress in College Students

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 10:33 AM

One of the most exciting things about attending a conference is that you often meet the most creative people doing the most amazing and creative things.

Recently, I had...

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Without Digital Technology I Never Would Have Written My New Book!

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 6:19 PM

I wouldn't dream of stripping my clothes off in public. So why in God's name would I let my as-yet-unfinished novel, Sister Mysteries, dance naked in public? Why...

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Wall Street Occupation -- a Cry to End Corporate Influence in Elections?

(7) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Is it any wonder that the Wall Street occupation is capturing the country's attention? Who among us isn't deeply frustrated and fearful and just plain fed up? The fact is, everyone has had it with the recession that's never gone away. There's no end in sight to the housing crisis...

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