Arts/Culture Category

In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” Eat Pray Love (2010) I found Eat Pray Love to be one of the most powerful movies I saw in 2010. In fact, at the end and throughout the entire credits I couldn’t stop crying. I was deeply affected because there were so many parallels in the story with my own life transitions at the time. The foundations of my home and my direction in life and career had been shaken up just like the heroine named Liz. In herRead More
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception (2010) I believe based on my experience that what I want already exists. I just have to focus on it. Proof of this came on the opening night screening of Inception. A friend and I chose to see the movie at a theatre outside of Toronto, so we left by car 90 minutes before the film start time. Unfortunately it was rush hour with multiple road repairs and a public event causing the traffic we were in. Every directionRead More
Fashion Takes Action, the company founded by our Fashion columnist Kelly Drennan (who recently won TreeHugger’s “Best of Green” Best Style Twitter Feed), has launched a new initiative called Resizing Fashion’s Footprint. Fashion Takes Action has said, “Our ultimate vision is to see the fashion industry transformed – with the practices of sustainability stitched in to every garment, shoe, and accessory, from fiber to finish. We encourage our members to be active players in this transformation by supporting them with the tools, ideas, and community they need to create prosperityRead More
2011 has been a year of incredible friction. We are nearing a global economic recession and the immediate future may not seem promising. People have lost hope, and anger seems to be on the rise. We have also seen 2011 as a year of incredible uprising, hope and transformation. The Syrian youth want change and have used the Internet to interconnect and speak in a united voice. But it isn’t just the Syrian youth who are marching for equality and freedom. Millions of people in the so-called developed countries areRead More
Continued from Part 1.  The new single Charlie Brown, which was released in late November, is sure to be a Coldplay fan favourite. It has urgency and lyrical style similar to the classic Springsteen anthem Born To Run. Chris Martin sings about cars, boys and girls, the fire of youth and the possibility of turning darkness into brilliant light. But where Springsteen’s song was straight-up rock’n’roll, Charlie Brown has a much more indie/major sound and orchestral feel, complete with swells and bare sections, such as you might find on anRead More
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