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
Humanity can be roughly divided into three types of people: treadmillers, recliners, and time lords. In the first category we have people who are endlessly busy, who can never get it all done, and who long for a few extra … Continue reading Doctor Who and the Astonishing Ductility of Time
What I’d like to see take off is a movement for a new goodness, one that cherishes and preserves the most excellent moral ideals of the past while taking into consideration the deep lessons we humans have learned on our long, blundering journey toward the ideal of a just society. Continue reading Follow the Drinking Gourd: Call to a New Goodness
In loving memory of the precious lives lost at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019 Continue reading Poet Maeve: In Memory
Positive emotional states give us the gumption to grow and achieve, and cultivating them is essential to a life well lived. But there are risks involved in chasing down those good vibrations and holding them hostage. Continue reading Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Downside of Positive Feelings
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.
Living in the light means never having to demand love from another being. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Contemplating Light
Embracing your negative emotions without condemnation and learning from them is a necessary part of your journey. Continue reading Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: Learning to Love Those “Dark” Emotions
Those who write poetry are sure to relate. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Here, Read My Poems
It’s easier on your friends if you just believe in yourself. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Rejecting Rejection
Why are we humans so trusting about the information we receive? The short answer is that we’re social animals who depend on each other, especially our leaders, for information. Continue reading Resist Herd Mentality by Cultivating “Intelligent Disobedience”
The things we fret about when we could be having fun . . .
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Responsible Adults
Mangeur de Rêves has just released their debut album, Histoires a l’envers, a masterpiece of tight harmonies, atmospheric musical arrangements and thoughtful lyrics reflecting the vastness of our interior worlds. Continue reading The Mangeur de Rêves Interview
Wanda Waterman The first time I saw Mangeur de Rêves was in a laid-back little bar in Villeray in 2017. They hadn’t been together that long and thoughts of studio time were still a vague and distant hope, but even … Continue reading Mangeur de Rêves at the Verre Bouteille
A brilliant new album from Belarca Continue reading Duo Zuber: Blackbird Redux
You have to be true to yourself before you can be truly kind to others.
Continue reading Poet Maeve: To Thine Own Self Be True
Need a creative push for your next writing project? We’ve got you covered. Continue reading 10 Weirdly Wonderful Ideas To Kickstart Your Next Creative Writing Project
There’s ultimately no reward for you in compromising your moral integrity, even on someone else’s behalf, and the person who asks you to do it is letting you down in a big way. Continue reading When Vengeance Means Doing the Right Thing
Love is real. Humans forget. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Forgetting Love
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is comprised of a series of six separate anecdotes, unrelated except for a common thread: the contest with our mortality and what it reveals about us. Continue reading A Wild West Reimagined for Postmodern Prospectors
If you love something, let it set you free.
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Digging Deeper
The Source of All Life doesn’t look for correctness of belief or dogma. A humble, loving heart that seeks the good is all that’s required to begin the spiritual journey. Continue reading Five Rumi Guideposts on the Road to Higher Spirituality
Don’t make your religion into your god. Religion is only whatever guides, or should guide us, to love itself.
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Experiencing Love