Illusion and/or Reality 

My interest in the Silk Road and related topics led me recently to watch two series  – remarkably grand productions – on Netflix, “The Story of the Buddha”, a production from India, and “Marco Polo” a production from Hollywood. Both made a deep impression on me. Each told a story of historical periods, the first,…

Art Collab: Week 5

(The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 4

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 3

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 2

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…

Art Collab: Week 1

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…

RBG

Last Thursday night, in a theater near my neighborhood I watched the film ‘RBG’ on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. It lifted my spirits. The decisions from the US Supreme Court in the past few days have held riveted attention of the nation. As a US citizen who was once an immigrant, I have been following…

Emerging Partnership

One of the best things that happened to me a few years ago was to be connected with like-minded academic colleagues who are doing work in the field of Partnership Studies and being invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies(IJPS).  For the 2015 Issue for which I was guest…

Making Light in Dark Times

  Listening to a re-broadcast of a 2013 Margaret Atwood interview on NPR yesterday made me laugh. In a dark-seeming world that is America today, with news of sexual harassment and abuse by men in power coming to light almost every day, a lot seems grim. And yet, laughing at Atwood’s humor made me realize…