Monthly Archive: May 2015


When envy shows itself

Green eye © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

The other day I was with writer friends and someone mentioned something (a new placement, a publishing deal, a new confidante), and was a little timid about going into specifics, but then did, and, wow, the feeling I was left with was . . . envy. I was quiet about it. Didn’t mention it to …

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Massachusetts State Poetry & Amy Dengler Memorial Poetry Contest


“Sweetness comes from the baker’s hands, / the art of rising from generations / making their way in the world. The making / begins with breaking the egg, / releasing the small sun within, stirring . . ..” These words from “Portuguese Sweet Bread” introduced me to Amy Dengler from Gloucester, MA. She is one …

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Glimpse of solace: the promise in a blossom

baby blossoms © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

I could tell you I’ve been working on a blog, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Sure, I wrote one, but it has sat untouched for more than a week. Spring has interfered. So I will leave you with these two recent photos that promise of more to come.


Celebrating Solace in so many years

“lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d” © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Four years ago Solace in So Many Words was launched. As expected, sales have tapered off, but I still frequently hear from people that the book has helped them. Maybe they consulted it when a loved one died or turned to it on a night when they need some consolation. This makes me feel good …

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