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Rea Nolan Martin spent 20 years as a writer, creative director, and creative consultant to advertising and PR agencies in Chicago, D.C. and New York before engaging full time as an editor, professor, blogger and author of Literary and Visionary fiction. She is the author of two novels, THE SUBLIME TRANSFORMATION OF VERA WRIGHT (2009) and MYSTIC TEA (2014), as well as short stories and poetry published in national literary magazines and anthologies. MYSTIC TEA is the recipient of the 2014 IPPY gold medallion and US BEST BOOK award for Visionary Fiction, as well as the 2014 PINNACLE gold medallion in the category of Literary Fiction. Her third novel, THE ANESTHESIA GAME, will be released in 2015.

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The Good Thing About Bad Times

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Yesterday was a good day in the middle of a good month in what's turning into a pretty good summer. You know how it is -- moments melt into hours, into days, months and years. And as good years tend to go, it's a blur. (What day is it?) What's...

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What Do Selfies, Vampires and Zombies Have in Common?

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:32 PM

They're everywhere, right? It's impossible to leave the house without tripping over (or participating in) a selfie photo session. And back home, the airwaves are hijacked by a Halloween parade of bloodsucking vampire aristocrats and tottering zombie beasts. I can barely get through the cable guide without a transfusion. What...

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How to Use Your Computer As a Spiritual Tool

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Long ago in a far away land called Palo Alto, I watched two young men named Steve present a prototype of their technical invention at a regional marketing meeting. They called it a personal computer. To the naked eye it was just a box which, if you took their word...

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Spiritual Lessons From the Plant World

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 11:34 AM

My husband has been lugging a hardy split-leaf philodendron state to state, house to house since 1975. We call it the monster, because no matter how much we ignore it, it refuses to die, and worse, seems to nearly double its foliage every year. Since we've recently downsized, there's little...

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How a Trip Down the Danube Made Me a Better American

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:45 PM

When we planned our cruise on the Danube River from Germany to Hungary, we imagined scenic views of geological splendor interrupted by charming medieval villages and exquisite classical cities. Prague, Vienna and Budapest did not disappoint. The few days we spent in these cities barely scratched the surface of the...

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5 Steps to Getting Your Life Off the Ground in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:25 PM

We can all appreciate the tailwinds in our lives, the ones that carry us unobstructed to our intended destinations. A good tailwind delivers big rewards with little effort. If we experience it early enough in life, we may mistake it for routine, or at least our routine. We may even...

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Are We Living in 'Biblical Times'?

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I hear this phrase frequently, and think, are these times inherently different? Larger than life? Miraculous? Or like the great flood, globally destructive? Whether you're religious or not, 'Biblical' evokes images of a strategic shift, the metaphorical fork in the road, times when philosophies, actions and the course of human...

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How to Get the Most Out of Time

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Time is a tricky thing. There's never enough. Though physicists see it as a flexible commodity, no one's signing up for shuttles into time warps or worm holes any time soon. It will be a while before we can board a train for the Inauguration of King Henry VIII, for...

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Do Not Love Your Neighbor as Yourself... Yet

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 7:50 AM

Loving our neighbor as ourselves is one of the overarching spiritual laws of our time. It is an irreducible commandment, intended to remind us that we are bound to each other by compassion. It seems obvious that such a way of life would be the panacea for all social maladies,...

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Why You Might Not Be Free

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Anticipating a July 4 filled with barbecues and fireworks, I find myself pondering the real meaning of freedom. How some are free and others are not. How there are people even in this free country with no freedom at all. Freedom is not one thing. It is an ideal that...

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Are You Creating Poverty?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Last week, a remote acquaintance of mine said, "I would have read your book by now, but I keep waiting for you to give me an autographed copy." This was a disingenuous attempt to score a free copy, I knew, and sadly, I felt my defenses rally. After all, the...

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How to Fulfill Your Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Let's face it, destinies are hard to fulfill. First you have to know what they are, and that can take a really long time. I'm a perfect example. Last night I received a significant literary award for my current novel, Mystic Tea. There was even a ceremony at the Providence,...

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The 30-Day Challenge to a Petty-Free Life

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Now that we're five months into 2014 and our resolutions have taken root (or not), it's time to get to work on other insidious issues that erode our quality of life and the lives of those around us. I'm not talking about addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol, sugar, carbs, shopping,...

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The Best Marital Advice

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:42 PM

At a wedding I attended recently, the minister told the couple, "My advice to you is not to try to change each other. It's a waste of time. You are who you are, and the same is true of your partner. Respect that. Remember who you fell in love with...

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Easter Is Not Just for Christians

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:55 AM

To Christians of every sect, Easter is a real and sacred event -- the miraculous triumph of life over death and the promise of a new and transcendent life. Although it is without question the defining moment of the Christian faith, Christians aren't the only ones who need Easter. People...

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Lucky Enough to Die Like Dad

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:27 PM

If you were lucky enough to be born into the social circumstances of my father, you would be lucky enough, as the Irish say. If you were lucky enough to lead his length of 89 years, all the better, though it was not without sorrow. But if you were lucky...

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10 Steps to 'Living in the Moment'

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 10:08 AM

"Living in the Moment" has been a pop-culture catchphrase since the spiritual revolution of the 1960s. It's a phrase originally borrowed from Eastern traditions that became trendy through media attention and popular courses on transcendental meditation and other spiritual practice. Now of course, it's an American mainstay. But what does...

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Gen Y: A Mother's View

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Yes, I am weighing in on that famously lazy, self-centered, undisciplined and financially dependent generation, Gen Y, also known as Millennials. Did I mention emotionally dependent? What about distracted? Unfocused? Selfish? Entitled? I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting. Boomers and Gen Xers have complained that Millennials are too coddled,...

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What It Means to Be Truly Awake

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:02 AM

I remember many decades ago when I first heard about the now ubiquitous "onion theory" -- how much sense it made to me. For those who are not familiar with it, it is as obvious as this: The self is like an onion -- the truest part lies deep in...

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Science and God: a Match Made in Biocentric Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Years ago, my three-year-old son felt sorry for God because even though he was everywhere, no one could see him. He no doubt imagined a kindly, forlorn old man with a beard trying desperately to get everyone's attention. Then he spun around in a big eureka moment and said, "I...

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