What are Ozlandish Writings?

From July 2010 to December 2014 we ran OZLAND PICTURE STORIES as described below. Sadly though the number of writers reduced over the years and we decided to call it a day. We leave these as a record of the good times we had.

Are "You" ready to challenge your writing skills? Then participate in our OZLAND Picture Stories writing series at The Ozland Art Gallery.

Each month a new picture will be picked, from our OZLAND Artist of the Month collection, with different themes. Your goal is to write a 500-1000 word... poem... essay... or story about the picture picked. This is a chance for you to challenge your writing skills each month. Story can be written in ANY genre... sci fi... romance... ghost... fantasy... fiction... non-fiction... biography... mystery... historical... whatever your writing genre... feel free to experiment. Send your writing inworld to Sven Pertelson as a notecard to have it included on the web site. We meet at the The Ozland Art Gallery each Wednesday at Noon and 6pm SLT to read the latest submissions on voice. More Information

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Candle in the Window - by Sven Pertelson

There is a candle burning in my window for anyone to see as they walk past. What message they take from it depends on them.

To a Christian it may remind them of the light that came at Christmas or the guiding star that led the wise men.

To a Hindu a reminder of the recently passed festival of Diwali when lights and fireworks celebrated the victory of good over evil.

A Buddhist might recall that Buddha said, “ Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

A passing Jew might fondly bring to mind his mother blessing and lighting the Shabbat candles on a Friday evening and with it the promise of an enjoyable family meal.

A Turkish Muslim might think of those five special nights of the Muslim calendar when candles are lit in the minarets of the mosques to signify special celebrations.

The pagan walking past might think I am casting a spell or celebrating Samhain.

The atheist wandering along my street will just see a candle and wonder if I have had a power cut.

For each the candle will have a meaning or a significance, let them take from it what they will.

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