Arts/Culture Category

Over the past few years we have witnessed the exponential growth of sustainable fabrics. This is a movement, not a trend. Organic cotton, hemp, tencel, recycled polyester and organic wool are gaining popularity, evidenced on the international runways and in fashion media. By now most of us are familiar with the advantages of sustainable fabrics that include fewer toxic chemicals by reducing the amount of textiles dumped into our landfills and producing in a closed loop environment. But consumers are still largely dependent on non-sustainable fabrics like Polyester, Lycra, SpandexRead More
Eczema is actually one of the most common skin ailments I deal with, and it is so mistreated. I think this stems from the fact that dermatologically we don’t really know what it is and have come to no real conclusions as to its cause. Usually, a dermatologist will just send you home with a prescription for cortisone – which unfortunately is a steroid that suppresses your immune response and thins your skin over time. It’s also a confusing condition because it is expressed in so many different ways. SomeRead More
Debbie Ford is a best-selling author, presenter, and pioneer in spiritual and emotional education. Her book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers” explains that each one of us has a shadow. Ford shares how we can open to a healthy life by seeing both the dark and light in ourselves. By being present with all aspects of ourselves, we can create positive changes in our lives. Her book leads us on a journey to take back our power and live authentically.   Drawing on the shadow work of CarlRead More
A magical thing happened to me recently. One Sunday, I was compelled to go to a nearby Starbucks early in the morning around 7:15am. No one was there. I went straight to the counter where something shiny caught my eye on the floor. It was a dime. I have written before that whenever I find a shiny dime that it is a message that my dad is still with me. He had passed away without warning back in December of 2000. I felt a flush rush over me and knewRead More
In the mid 80s, a derivative punk movement called Emotional Hardcore grew out of the American Midwest. It took about 20 years for this culture and style of music to break into the mainstream, and it had to mutate in order to do so. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Emo bands like Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World wound up charting in the top ten on Billboard (the American charts). By then, the music blended Punk with Indie Rock and Pop music. Emo had a huge impact onRead More
It’s that time of the year again, with the holiday season approaching. For many that means spare time is filled with shopping, events, parties and gatherings with friends and family. A hectic schedule can increase stress and really wreck havoc on our physical appearance. Here are some tips to get through the holiday season without a hitch. 1. Don’t let stress be the only thing to make you sweat… Steam: A week before an event, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. NotRead More
The fashion industry is facing many challenges, but one of the most pressing issues is water usage.  The textile industry is the third largest consumer and polluter of the world’s water. Water consumption is a huge problem for growing fibers such as the ever-thirsty cotton plant, with nearly 400 gallons of water required to produce just one cotton t-shirt. Waste water is conceivably an even bigger issue than consumption. Toxic chemicals produced from dyeing textiles, along with other chemicals such as those used to produce synthetics, are contributing to aRead More
Stephen Levine is an American poet, author and teacher best known for a mindful, meditative approach to death, dying and grief. In “A Gradual Awakening”, Stephen writes a beautiful and easy to understand book on Vipassana meditation, an ancient meditation technique attributed to Buddha himself. Levine’s other published works address the intense grief one can experience from the death of loved ones. But in “A Gradual Awakening” he acknowledges the “everyday grief” that is felt from burdens, stress, disappointments, and illusions of life that grow deeper within us over time.Read More
“Remember, dragon warrior, anything is possible when you have inner peace.” – Kung Fu Panda 2 Surprisingly, the final Oprah Winfrey Show on May 25, 2011 featured no guests at all. And yet it was a deeply inspiring and emotional finale as Oprah simply stood on her stage sharing her heartfelt thanks to her fans around the world. What stood out were her very empowering insights of finding your purpose AND knowing your self-worth. See Oprah finale: Click here Three days later I went to see a morning matinee screeningRead More
This month’s theme is all about going inward, harvesting and preparing for the winter. Parvati’s song “911-1-L-O-V-E” does just that. On September 26, 2010, in one of the most barren, desolate and inhospitable climates on the planet, Parvati performed her song “911-1-L-O-V-E” (among others) at the top of the world. Parvati went to the North Pole to sing songs to raise awareness of the melting polar ice caps as well as to offer her life in service, as a dedicated yogini, to Mother Earth. I have heard interviewers ask Parvati,Read More