Arts/Culture Category

If you’re surprised that Barbra Streisand’s first album of original new music in over a decade is led off by a blistering indictment of the current US administration, you probably haven’t been keeping up with her Twitter. Or her Huffington Post articles. Or the speeches she’s been giving for decades. In short, this trailblazer for women in the entertainment industry, with a voice as striking and capable at 76 as it was when she was 19, has been fiercely outspoken for as long as she’s had a platform to beRead More
non-judgement, no judgement, awakening, diversity talks
Book Review by Amy Kellestine “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist” is a detailed account of Derek Black’s journey from white nationalist to anti-racism activist. Researched and written by Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post, the book provides a detailed look at the history of Derek’s original beliefs and the intimate details of their dismantling. It’s a masterful example of the patience, care, and empathy required to support a fundamental shift in beliefs, and shows what conversations can happen during divisiveRead More
circumstance, higher purpose, trust the universe, life and fate
Every human being longs for freedom. We are all familiar with the deep desire for self-determination, but how many of us realize that we are already free? We are born free. We came to this life by the exercise of free choice. It is only our deeply ingrained, culturally imposed assumptions to the contrary that makes us imagine otherwise.Read More
Nick Hornby book, realistic romantic comedy, love triangle
Amy Kellestine Reviews “Juliet, Naked” Don’t be misled by the title of “Juliet, Naked”. There are no characters named Juliet and no nudity. Rather, the movie’s title is that of a new music single that serves as an unexpected plot point in a delightful romantic comedy. Based on the 2009 novel by Nick Hornby, who also brought us “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy”, the movie showcases an unlikely love triangle. It also offers thoughtful commentary on how we relate to pop culture icons, and how it’s never too lateRead More
organic clothing, organic underwear, organic cotton, sustainable apparel
PACT Organic, a clothing company based in Colorado, USA, proudly combines comfort with organic cotton: “Organic is Better. Softer. Comfier. Better For People And Our Planet.” Their lines for men and women feature leggings, hoodies, shirts, sweaters, and sleepwear. PACT’s Organic and Fair Trade certifications are the real deal. They work with Global Organic Textile Standard and adhere to high-level environmental and human standards throughout the entire production line. PACT also discloses where they hire their workers, what their working hours are, and the benefits they provide employees, such asRead More
Ron Korb, world cafe, flute, global fusion, latin
Japanese-Canadian world music flautist Ron Korb is known as the “Prince of Flutes” in Japan and “Dragon Flute” in China. But in addition to the extensive study of Asian bamboo flute music that contributed to his Grammy-nominated 2015 album “Asia Beauty”, he has made a name for himself in several other genres, including jazz, classical and Celtic music, and has played in the soundtracks of hundreds of film and TV series. His latest offering is a Latin instrumental album entitled “World Café”. Parvati Magazine spoke with Ron about why theRead More
Freedom, free will, conscious choice
Every human being longs for freedom. We are all familiar with the deep desire for self-determination, but how many of us realize that we are already free? We are born free. We came to this life by the exercise of free choice. It is only our deeply ingrained, culturally imposed assumptions to the contrary that makes us imagine otherwise.Read More
Marc Forster movie, children's story, fantasy film, Ewan McGregor film, tigger, piglet
Amy Kellestine Reviews “Christopher Robin” If summer movies were Olympic athletes, “Christopher Robin” would barely be going home with a participation ribbon. While there is a certain timelessness to the message of never losing your inner child, there isn’t much that works in this version that builds on the classic children’s stories. In fact, I’d happily rewatch classics like “Mary Poppins” or “Hook” for more entertaining and poignant treatments of the same content. In the film, director Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”) asks us to consider what would happen if ChristopherRead More
Jungmaven-hemp tees-sustainable materials
Robert Jungmann is on a quest to enlighten everyone’s perspective on a sustainable material that has the potential to restore balance to our world: hemp. He discovered as a student that “trees, cut to make paper and other products, take decades to grow back. Hemp regenerates in months, helps maintain clean water and air, anchors and aerates the soil, produces oxygen, and consumes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” Robert has created JUNGMAVEN to prove that what you wear can be stylish and sustainable at the same time. This month ParvatiRead More
aviation history, female pilots, women in aviation
Keith O’Brien’s “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” chronicles the details of the aviation industry in the US and the fight for women to fly. In it, O’Brien offers a compelling illustration of the almost unimaginable obstacles that women faced on their quest for equality on the ground and in the air.Read More