All posts in "Art of Life"

Activism That Matters – How to Uphold Your Vision for America

By Maya Mathias / February 7, 2017

About 3 weeks ago, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America and the de facto leader of the free world. But many Americans and other nations feel anything but free. Whether it’s the Trump administration’s potentially unconstitutional executive order to ban citizens from 7 Muslim-majority nations, the looming far-right […]


Fight, Flee or Fold? Here’s The Best Way to Thrive After Jan 20th

By Maya Mathias / January 20, 2017

This article is part of our Election 2016 Anthology. It’s Thursday Jan 19th 2017. In less than 12 hours, the Oval Office will change hands from President Barack Obama to President Donald J Trump. There’s hope and change in the air for some Americans, despair and defeatism for others. When I emailed an invitation to […]


Manifesto for the People of America (and its Allies)

By Maya Mathias / December 3, 2016

I’m thrilled to launch my first manifesto “For the People, by the People: Honor America With Your Voice” Inspired by the earth-shifting results of America’s 2016 presidential election, this 1056-word manifesto is a call for America and its allies to honor the ideals that have largely kept the world at peace for 70 years. And […]


Why My Thanksgiving Heart Beats True

By Maya Mathias / November 24, 2016

This article is part of our Election 2016 Anthology. For a moment in time, we were very, very grateful. After life journeys that began on 2 separate continents, we had miraculously found each other. Battle-scarred from the pressures of 21st-Century corporate America, our hearts, minds and souls still found an uplifting foundation for a loving […]


[VIDEO] Weekend Wisdom LIVE Ep6: All The American Stories That Must be Told

By Maya Mathias / September 24, 2016

Today, America celebrated the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture It comes at the end of a week where 2 more officer-related shootings of African American men dominated the headlines, and where communities erupted in violence and street protests. These 2 news items are not unrelated. Civil rights […]


American Idol: Thank you for 14 Spellbinding Years

By Maya Mathias / April 8, 2016

This article is part of our Election 2016 Anthology. The lump in my throat appeared as soon as La’Porsha Renae led the American Idol Finale show opening of Barry Manilow’s “Just One Voice”. I’m old enough to be an unapologetic Barry Manilow fan, and to understand Idol is a highly-produced pop culture phenomenon that brought […]


This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for Dance… And for Bindi Irwin

By Maya Mathias / November 25, 2015

In this time of heightened global tension, it’s easy to feel like hope and joy are in short supply. Like many of you, I was gripped with the deja vu of ‘here we go again’ and the despondence of ‘is this the new normal’ this month, when news headlines seemed to report one shocking story […]


Love Life: 3 Meaningful Minutes With Rob Lowe

By Maya Mathias / June 18, 2015

It’s a good thing I hadn’t followed Rob Lowe’s 36-year career all that closely (Michael J Fox was more my vibe back in the day), nor fantasized about what it would be like to bask in his charm, wit and good looks. If I had, I’d probably have swooned, gushed or gaped when he dashed […]


Mad Men: Om Is Where the Heart Is

By Maya Mathias / May 22, 2015

I love how Mad Men ended. After 7 seasons of running away from themselves, the complex characters managed to find their way home. And as the final curtain fell on the textured world that creator Matthew Weiner designed for our guilty viewing pleasure, I renewed my faith in the power of redemption, and in the […]