Fin Dac – Behind the Mask

Fin Dac – Behind the Mask

Anaphyabal – Guardian, Mother, Protector looks after Phare’s campus From Phare’s website (phareps.org) : For the very first time, Battambang was the theatre of an international urban art festival, S’Art Urban Art Event, hosted on our campus in Battambang...
Long Live the Spirit Houses of Cambodia

Long Live the Spirit Houses of Cambodia

A Spirit House in Siem Reap, Cambodia Spirits can be mischievous and troublesome or they can be Guardians -but in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, spirits are to be taken seriously.  Hence, spirit houses or Rean Theivoda (RT), which literally means angel...
Brochures for the Soul Shoes Project

Brochures for the Soul Shoes Project

  Brochures are ready for the Soul Shoe Project.  Are you making your shoes?  A child dies every 5 minutes from violence.  Make a shoe.  Stop the Silence.  Use community art to bring awareness. The vast majority of children are killed outside warzones and that...
The New Year & the Promise of Possibility

The New Year & the Promise of Possibility

  New Year’s celebrations always make us itch.  They scratch and tickle and won’t leave us alone.  They leave us hankering, yearning, thirsting and aching for another day, another chance, another rebirth.  On New Year’s Eve we feel like Ebenezer Scrooge being...
The Power of Play

The Power of Play

  There is a inaudible and under-examined plight in the world: we are forgetting how to play.  Cross cultural studies on children’s play are alerting us to the rapid decrease in children’s ability to enter in fantasy play and a severe decrease in both free play...
No Still Means No

No Still Means No

Nadia was enchanting from the moment she crossed our threshold.  Thirty-one years old, a natural beauty and an open, sincere spirit that flowed immediately from her steady handshake and engaging smile.  She came to our home for a week’s respite from her demanding job...
Dear China Friends

Dear China Friends

Dear son and China friends, I unabashedly send these words to you. I have been back in America for a month and each day has presented challenges in business, relationships, finances, culture and family dynamics that I could not have forseen while away. While it has...
Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.”  – Lillian Smith, American writer   I’ve been back a few short weeks from a three month hiatus in China and...
The Stare

The Stare

  Foreigners of all colors call it rude, uncivilized and violating- but they miss the point entirely.  We all stare at the Other. I am chuckling as I read my umpteenth blog written by a foreigner about the Chinese love for staring.  The Chinese have allegedly...