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Meet Brandon M Watkins – Our New Board Member & Communications Ambassador

Meet Brandon M Watkins – Our New Board Member & Communications Ambassador

Brandon M Watkins has joined the Board of Directors for the Living Arts Corporation and is serving as our Communications Ambassador.
Mr. Watkins is the Administration Manager at SMW Projects, Inc., a full service Project Management firm with offices in Lousiana and Texas, and SSE Electrical and Instrumentation in Baytown, Texas where he manages business affairs in the areas of operations, marketing and PR. Previously Brandon Watkins worked at Burrow Global Construction LLC, an EPC company, and was instrumental in managing computer, payroll, project and safety systems.

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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...

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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...

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I’m an ass, you’re an ass- so where’s the problem?

I’m an ass, you’re an ass- so where’s the problem?

  “I’m an ass, you’re an ass, so where’s the problem?”  I read these words decades ago but I’m just beginning to own them.  They come from Fr. Tony de Mello, who was ostracized by his church but continued to teach people how to wake up and live until his sudden...

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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...

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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...

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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 last...

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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...

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