Hopefully Ever After

by Wanda Waterman Volume 22 Issue 21 2014-05-23 Film: Her Director: Spike Jonze “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7, NIV “So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.” – Alan Watts Theodore Twombly, clutching a pole on the metro, asks his smartphone for a melancholy song. A drearily awful … Continue reading Hopefully Ever After

In Conversation With Jack Malmstrom, Part II

by Wanda Waterman the Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 21 2014-05-23 “Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.” – Art Blakey Jack Malmstrom is the swing clarinetist who put together Jack’s Cats, a vintage-style jazz sextet based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that also includes keyboardist Gordon Fader, guitarist Dylan Quinn, bassist Mark Roberts, drummer Dave Skinner, and vocalist Kitty Farmer. The project, which quite successfully revives the “pre-bland” portion of the big band era in music, has also attracted the participation of some of the best jazz names in Atlantic Canada, including Holly Arsenault, Adam Fine, Mike Lee, … Continue reading In Conversation With Jack Malmstrom, Part II

There’s Never a Reason to Close the Heart

In Conversation With Don Rosenthal, Part I by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 22 2014-05-30 “The mind’s habit of closing the heart is tenacious, and the ego will persist in its ancient ways. You will doubtless stumble on the path many times. Nonetheless, change eventually begins …” – Don Rosenthal in Learning to Love “The truth is, although the mind will say it’s not safe to love, there’s never a good reason to keep the heart closed.” – Martha Rosenthal in Learning to Love Psychotherapist Don Rosenthal and his wife Martha, a mind/body/spirit healing practitioner, are the … Continue reading There’s Never a Reason to Close the Heart

11 Writers Whose Works Inspired World Change

by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 20 2014-05-16 “I definitely believe that art is the best way to produce social change.” – Pedro Reyes It’s a balancing act. The socially aware artist runs the risk of sabotaging her art and even appearing annoyingly self-righteous. And after all, isn’t a little “art-for-art’s sake” necessary to the production of good art? Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most popular books in the United States in the 19th century (second only to the Bible). The book sparked an unquenchable national passion to end slavery by humanizing … Continue reading 11 Writers Whose Works Inspired World Change