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Rea Nolan Martin
Rea Nolan Martin has been writing literary and visionary fiction for over twenty years. She is the award-winning author of three novels, The Sublime Transformation of Vera Wright (2009), Mystic Tea (2014), and The Anesthesia Game (9/2015). Mystic Tea was the recipient of the 2014 IPPY gold medallion and US BEST BOOK award for Visionary Fiction; the 2014 PINNACLE gold medallion in the category of Literary Fiction; and a finalist in the International Book Awards. In addition to her novels, Rea is the author of numerous short stories and poetry, most of which can be found in national literary magazines and anthologies. She is a regular Huffpo blogger, former literary magazine editor and MAW adjunct professor. A collection of her most inspirational essays, Walking on Water, will be released in 2016.

Entries by Rea Nolan Martin

Five Steps to Manifesting Your Dreams in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:06 PM

I remember a particular New Year's Day in my mid-twenties when I was full of resolve. I was living in a Chicago suburb, where I managed a profitable business in a career I loved, owned a charming country home, and from any other perspective, held the world in the palms...

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We're Only Human. Or Are We?

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 12:58 AM

Last week, a Jewish friend of ours dropped by for a visit. Slightly overwhelmed by all our Christmas paraphernalia -- the tree, the ornaments, the cards, the gifts, the wrapping paper, the manger -- he said, wide-eyed, "Wow! This is amazing."

Shrugging, my husband said, "Well, you guys have Hanukkah....

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The Anatomy of a Miracle

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:01 PM

I have a fairly resilient friend who's been through tough times. Her motto, borrowed from Winston Churchill, is, "When you're going through hell, keep on going." Last week I asked her how things were, and she said, "All things considered, pretty darn good, but I know it won't last. Sooner...

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You Can't Feed Art to a Hungry Man

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:38 PM

These are gritty times. The economy is unstable. Racial tensions are stratospheric. Rebellion is global. Hunger abounds. The last thing we need right now is a bunch of dreamers dreaming up some new way to paint, sing, write or dance. What we need right now are soldiers of reality --...

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How to Turn Your Life Around

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 6:34 PM

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -- Anais Nin

I had a hard time beginning this blog yesterday because, frankly, I was in a bit of a slump. I blame it on the...

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The Good Thing About Bad Times

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:25 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 | 7:32 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 | 7:18 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 | 12:34 PM

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 | 1:45 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 | 5:25 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 | 1:34 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 | 1:17 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 | 8:50 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 | 6:56 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 | 10:18 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 | 2:47 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 | 3:13 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 | 7:42 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 | 11:55 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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