Bree Taylor is a Canadian singer-songwriter of pop-inspired country tunes full of authentic feeling and deep affirmations of life and love. The just-released video for her song “Drive” is a delightful road trip full of fun, natural beauty, and the … Continue reading The Bree Taylor Interview
Wanda Waterman “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” ~Tacitus You have to love this oft-repeated horror flick scene: Our hapless hero or heroine is lying in bed when they hear a noise and feel driven … Continue reading Why Fear?
After Giorgio Finetti (AKA Jofi) delighted me with a piece of music that was ideal for my poem “Clouds of Paris” (which quickly morphed into the song “We Two Gypsy Thieves), I told him we couldn’t stop now. In a … Continue reading My Desk, My Planet (the song)
Wanda Waterman Instead of hate, celebrate. ~Prince Here’s a short list of things that get a lot of flack for no good reason— and why we might try looking at them from their good sides. Drinking and gambling The problem … Continue reading Why Down on So Many Wonderful Things?
Wanda Waterman “In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert “The jewel tree opens … Continue reading Why a Jewel Tree?
Wanda Waterman “We need to pay it forward. As we have access to power, we need to bring others along.” ~ Helene Lerner While living in the Middle East I was often struck by how arduously women competed for the … Continue reading Why, Lisa Bloom?
Wanda Waterman Fully immersing ourselves in a creative project activates a different part of our brain. We lose track of time and our surroundings. Minutes blend into hours, and there are no thoughts apart from what’s happening in the present. … Continue reading Why Mindfulness in Art?
Wanda Waterman “Religion isn’t about believing things. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.” ~ Karen Armstrong Skeptics often wonder out loud why religion is still … Continue reading Why Religion?
November 24, 12 noon, Café La Cote R – 1366 Rue Ontario Est, Montreal, Violet Show: 12:00-12:35 12:00 – 12:05 Introduction 12:05 – 12:25 Wanda (poetry / singer-songwriter) 12:30 -12:50 That Nikki You Know (poetry / singer-songwriter) Rose Show: 1:00 – 1:30 P.M. 1:00 – … Continue reading Come Hear Me at the Violet Show!
The Mindful Bard loves music inspired by literature almost as much as literature inspired by music, which is why William Susman is one of our favourite composers, so adept is he at paying homage to language with his mesmerizing sounds. … Continue reading Collision Point: William Susman and Piccola Accademia degli Specchi
Was delighted to meet Ben Cumming (AKA Becoming) last week and get a chance to listen to his masterful guitar and amazing, wide-range voice. Ben is from Australia and is touring the world sharing his songs, and we’re blessed to … Continue reading Becoming
Monday night I met the singer, guitarist, pianist, writer, deep thinker, blues zealot, and all around amazing Sarah Roubato– just a week before she was getting ready to board a plane back to France. Oh, well, guess I’ll just have … Continue reading Sarah Roubato
Gilbert Cantin has just released a digital album of some of the songs we’ve written along with Chantal Lepage. Check it out here, and if you like the music, please support us! ~Wanda Continue reading Bad Words
Wanda Waterman Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence, and habit erect on all sides – the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending … Continue reading The Monthly Mindful Arts Consumption Report
Everyone should be respected as an individual but no one idolized. ~Albert Einstein Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more. ~William Wordsworth The practice of idolatry harks back to … Continue reading On Ending Idolatry
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This quote from the Declaration … Continue reading Bringing Principles to Life With Vision
Wanda Waterman A writer’s desk is her planet, I’d mewed, Hands on my hips; that’s how I’d sparked the feud. Thus my defense: No place to write– It leaves the pen a vagabond: sad plight! To come to … Continue reading My Desk, My Planet (poem)
Money rules us when we sacrifice our highest callings to it, and we rule it by putting it to work in the service of our highest callings. Continue reading Escaping the Tyranny of Mammon When You’re Poor
Wanda Waterman ‘How do you know when the gold is purified?’ we asked him, and he answered, ‘When I can see my face in it [the liquid gold in the crucible] then it is pure.’ ~ Amy Carmichael Marital counselling … Continue reading The Gift of the Crucible
Wanda Waterman In one of the final scenes of the brilliant documentary Latcho Drom the gypsy chanteuse known as “La Caita” sings “The Blackbird” before a city: Why does your wicked mouth spit on me? What harm is it to … Continue reading Gypsies in the Digital World
Wanda Waterman You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life. ~ Paulo Coelho The state of deliberate victimhood has much to commend it. … Continue reading The Unexpected Perks of Victimhood
“Don’t write too well. Sure, you know that eloquence will improve the company’s brand and ensure customers take them seriously, but your clients can’t grasp that and you’ll just make them feel stupid.” Continue reading The Mindful Bard Guide to Writing for Business
Wanda Waterman I suppose there hasn’t been a single month since the war, in any trade you care to name, in which there weren’t more men than jobs. It’s brought a peculiar, ghastly feeling into life. It’s like on a … Continue reading The Existential Crisis of Unemployment (and How to Survive It)
I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me … Continue reading Five Fibs from the Book of Job That We Just Can’t Seem to Get Rid Of
Wanda Waterman Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Laozi In my early teens I became obsessed with macramé, knotting belts, bracelets, and purses like the future depended on it, relying on a library book to teach … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Going With the Flow
Wanda Waterman Whereas the free market contributes to global warming by transporting food to us from all over the world, be it resolved that we will grow and purchase most if not all of our food near our homes. Whereas … Continue reading Twelve Resolutions for Limiting the Harm of the “Free” Market
Jack’s Cats: The State of Swing 2019 Jack Malmstrom: Bandleader, reeds Phil Small: Piano Gretje (Kitten) Angell: Vocals Blake Handler: Vibraphone Mark San Filippo: Drums Bryan Dedlow: Guitar Marcus Buser: Bass When I heard that “Ain’t Gonna Be Blue” was … Continue reading Jack’s Swing is Alive and Well and Living in L.A.
It’s easier on your friends if you just believe in yourself. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Rejecting Rejection