Did you know that people once believed (and may still believe) that comets streaking across the sky were dragons? It could be a dragon hurrying to visit his beloved. He flies down through the fireplace chimney before he changes into human form to meet her. Since February is the month for love, if you see a comet in the sky, maybe it’s a dragon heading to visit his loved one.

You may wonder what connects dragons, wine, and love. The answer lies within the traits of the dragon zmey. …


We’re all living in a world we never imagined. If you’re laid-off, it’s difficult to make a living. I’ve been in this situation a few times. Once it happened on my birthday. It was the cherry on my chocolate cake. Once separated from your employer, you feel pain, anger and fear.

But there’s good news. Options exist to help you survive and continue to keep yourself employable.

You can take some actions to turn the wheel of fortune back in your favor. Even when the economy suffers a downturn, it will eventually rebound. …


Be yourself. Everyone else is taken! — Oscar Wilde

The goal is to build a resume that will grab the interest of prospective employers in 10 seconds. Why 10 seconds? These days a typical resume or LinkedIn profile is scanned for about 10 seconds (and typically on a mobile device). What can you show a prospective employer in 10 seconds? Think about a Snapchat or a Tweet, that’s how long you have to grab their attention. What’s the best way to create an appealing message with only 10 seconds to sell YOUR brand?

Format your resume in small but powerful…


Up until the nineteenth century, it was common belief throughout rural areas of Eastern Europe that spirits lived everywhere in the world of the peasants. Every home and every place outside of the home had its guardian spirit: springs, old trees, fields, vineyards, boundary lines, and so forth.

Household spirits had different names. In Russia and other Slavic countries, he was called the Domovoy. He was most often friendly, and was treated like a member of the family. …


When I started writing with a friend of mine a few years ago, the only authoring tool I had was Microsoft Word. The following are various tools I’ve come across since those early days. Many, if not all, have been recommended by other authors. They cover design and many other areas of the writing process. There are many more out there, but these are a few FREE ones that can get you started.

1) Let’s start with DESIGN

I’m not a designer. I create better with words than images. I’m fortunate that my writing partner is talented in this respect, and she creates wonderful images…


The above quote comes from Peter Deunov (Петър Дънов), a Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual leader, who’s better known by his spiritual name, Beinsa Douno (Беинса Дуно). He was born July 11, 1864, and died December 27, 1944. His words and teachings are still quoted today, and he is so beloved by many people that they call him “The Master” and speak his name with reverence.

He founded a new-Age religious movement which practices prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga of nutrition and paneurhythmy. The latter has been called “the divine cosmic rhythm” and is a form of meditative dance movement performed…


Veelas, Wilis, Yuda, Samovili, Vili. These are a few names of nymphs of Slavic folklore, each group a little different from the Bulgarian Samodivi. Are they real or merely myths that have survived throughout the centuries? Who are these creatures? Where did they come from? And why do people fear them so much they are willing to leave their homes and move to another village or town?

You may be familiar with some of these nymphs already. …


“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mankind’s fascination with the sea has sparked imagination since the first person beheld its mighty waters. Curiosity led people to invent the means to travel across the great oceans and eventually explore beneath them, trying to discover their secrets. Throughout the centuries, millennia in fact, people have created myths and legends about creatures living within the sea’s depths. One of the most alluring and formidable beings to inspire writers, artists, children, and…


Is healing outside of modern medicine miraculous or perhaps even magical?

Do you know where Bulgaria is? It’s nestled along the western side of the Black Sea, just north of Greece. The country is perhaps best known to the Western world for the city of Varna, the place where Dracula set sail on the Demeter. But the country has so much more to its acclaim — Thracian tombs, rose oil, yogurt, honey, and herbs. Not to mention all the creatures who call it home — vampires, witches, dragons, and nymphs. You’ve most likely heard of Veelas from Harry Potter stories…

Ronesa Aveela

Author of fiction and non-fiction about Bulgarian mythology, culture, and history.

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