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Traversing Tribalism

Traversing Tribalism

Traversing Tribalism – another simple reminder to keep your circle porous.
I have a graduate school memory that has haunted me for over four decades. I was in a theatre acting class that met every day for four-hour stretches, and on this particular afternoon, we were instructed to stand, hold hands and form a circle.

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Books to Help You Understand Ukraine

Books to Help You Understand Ukraine

The chatter about the Ukraine War is thundering, and it feels like everyone is on the bandwagon. Yet, as I listen to it across social media and in conversations, it is clear that most of us know little about this nation. It is unlikely that the conflict will end soon. However it develops, it is bound to affect us all, so why not sit down with a few good books and better understand the gritty reality parading across your television screen?

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What Do You Hold Dear?

What Do You Hold Dear?

Hold your vulnerability dear. Claim the invincible vulnerability of the human heart. Dismiss any teachings that vulnerability is weakness. Vulnerability is your strength. Everything will not go your way, nor should it do so. It is when life wrestles with you and tells us that we must learn a lesson that we mature, and seldom before. We cannot evolve into our potential when we remain frustrated and defensive.

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Magical Cambodia – a cultural rebirth

Magical Cambodia – a cultural rebirth

Photo by Kak Sok Phirom We've launched our new online magazine highlighting Cambodia's contemporary arts and culture. One article at a time, Magical Cambodia is building a magazine that will introduce you to the artists, galleries, writers, dancers, filmmakers,...

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Tribe Art Gallery & Fin Dac

Tribe Art Gallery & Fin Dac

  Tribe's mission statement says exactly what it actually does. No B.S. here, they are the real thing.:  Nat Di Maggio & Terry McIlkenny, the owners/managers both share a love and passion for Urban / Street and Contemporary Art. Originally from London UK...

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The Brave Women in the New Cambodian Artists

The Brave Women in the New Cambodian Artists

New Cambodian Artists - NCA We sat in front row seats in the black box theater to experience the recent work of the New Cambodian Artists on Saturday night. It was intense, immediate, personal, moving, skillful, and entrancing. You leave recognizing that you have...

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The Power of the Phare Circus in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Power of the Phare Circus in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I reserved going to Phare Circus until I had learned first hand about their elevating social enterprise, roamed the Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA) or “The Brightness of the Arts” campus in Battambang, and befriended teachers, students and some of the countless talented...

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It is a delicate dance…

It is a delicate dance…

It is a delicate dance. Cambodia haunts you as it inspires you. Next door to the abundantly gardened retreat of our home a hotel is being built. According to locals it is owned by a woman who has to start and stop the construction in order to raise the funds to...

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Your Stories Are More Powerful Than You Think

Your Stories Are More Powerful Than You Think

I spoke at length to a vibrant young man last night. He was a stranger, but only for a moment. He opened up about his life story in which he had literally raised himself, worked many jobs, learned 2 languages, stretched his mind and body, and gained confidence. Yet,...

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