Support flood relief in Southeast Asia

Recent excessive rainfall throughout Southeast Asia has created massive floods, now leading to over 700 deaths and major damage to villages, crops, and historical sites. Here are ways that you can contribute to the flood relief: give2asia.org mercyrelief.org www.etsy.com redcross.or.th (In Thai)

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Synchronized Chaos Magazine – Oct 2011: Art Solace

Art Solace is about establishing a home for oneself by way of creating art and literature. It’s about having artistic freedom regardless of any would-be barriers. The act of painting and drawing is a welcomed refuge for Artist Bobby West who has spent decades in federal prison. His cultural, abstract work gives us an intimate […]

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Compassionate Caregivers: Experienced Voices Heard

[Article by Christine Arata] Compassionate Caregivers: Experienced Voices Heard “There is time for work. And there is time for love. That leaves no other time.” Coco Chanel When I was 5 years old, my mom went to work and I became a latch key kid. I remember lying on my mother’s bed as she went […]

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Art by Bobby West

ARTIST STATEMENT: Artist Bobby West’s coffee-colored hands gently revisit and redefine African culture through his passionate renditions. Bobby has been locked behind concrete walls for the past twenty-three years transforming canvas into some of the most brilliant, original, African-American, reflections composted today. Bobby’s inspiration comes from a lonely, desperate childhood. In 1981, he was sentenced […]

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Paintings by Jamie D. Meissner

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jamie D. Meissner is from Sparks, Nevada. Her inspiration comes from close family ties, especially her 7-year-old daughter Kenedy. She is also an accomplished singer and pianist. Contact info: Ms, Jamie D.Meissner #45401-048 5675 8th Street Camp Parks Satellite Prison Camp Dublin,California 94568-3106

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Short Story by Megan Guernsey

Harry and the Potting Soil In the year 2004, Harry lost his job with the orchestra, in which he played the violin for 15 years, and he moved next door to his elderly mother. At times, he felt his mother was doing quite well, and he would play his violin, all alone, until late at […]

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Poetry by Jaylan Salah

Tears On Her Guitar She plays the guitar Her father talks about the tragedies of the world She keeps playing Her tears fall leaving burning marks in the mocha colored wood Her father just keeps talking The news in the background; protests and street fights Her father speaks of the increasing prices As she fumbles […]

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Poetry by Corey Mesler

Blues for Pamela Franklin “There is always a real and an imaginary person you are in love with; sometimes you love one best, sometimes the other.” -Anthony Powell I’m reading Anthony Powell with the TV on and the sound mum. Anthony Powell thumps me on the cerebellum. It is al- most autumn, almost. The day […]

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