All posts in "Arts"

#1170 Cosmic Happy Ass on the spiritual path

By Cathryn Wellner / November 28, 2014

In her pursuit of meaning and transcendence, Diane English follows the path of laughter. With her Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co., she shares her spiritual odyssey with irreverence and playfulness. For those willing to take themselves and their spiritually yearnings lightly, she is a beacon of humour. English owned a successful bookstore but says in […]


#1161 If you saw birds on wires, would you hear music?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 7, 2014

It all started with a newspaper photograph of birds sitting on electric wires. To Jarbas Agnelli they looked like the pattern of musical notes. He says: I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating. The award-winning Brazilian multimedia artist turned […]


#1155 New York’s Mosaic Man creates a trail of dreams

By Cathryn Wellner / October 24, 2014

The voice that calls us, the one that plucks our heartstrings and makes us sing, is so mysterious. Jim Power, “The Mosaic Man”, is a good example of that. A stranger seeing the thin, grey-bearded, long-haired New Yorker gluing bits of pottery, ceramic and glass to a light standard might look at him curiously and […]


#1150 Making peace with the 24-hour day

By Cathryn Wellner / October 14, 2014

Cloud gazing lifts more than my eyes. It lifts my spirits. And sometimes it teaches me lessons. The other day I looked up and saw a big, cloudy mouth in the blue sky. I swear it was laughing at me. I asked that big mouthy grin what was so funny. She did not answer, but […]


#1129 We are NOT our insecurities

By Cathryn Wellner / September 23, 2014

In the last several days I’ve had conversations and exchanges, in person and online, about body image, divorce, dementia, overwork, money worries and a host of other topics that reveal something about the insecurities each person was facing. When I wrote about Colbie Caillat’s song, Try, yesterday, I was thinking about the body shaming women […]


#1110 One of Anthony Hopkins’ dreams came true after 50 years

By Cathryn Wellner / September 4, 2014

Millions of people have watched the YouTube video of Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu playing “And the Waltz Goes On” with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. But if you have somehow missed or forgotten it, you are in for a treat. The composer of the waltz is Sir Anthony Hopkins, better known for his roles […]


#1091 You are beautiful just the way you are

By Cathryn Wellner / August 16, 2014

The pressure to measure up to some cultural standard of “beautiful” – to wear the right clothing and makeup, have the culturally accepted body type and convey sexiness (and, of course, accept blame if she’s assaulted) – is so powerful most women go through life feeling not quite good enough. Colbie Caillat has had her […]

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