When sleeping women wake, mountains will move. ~Chinese Proverb

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

  • Posted on: 28 March 2014
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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a graphic look at the worldwide issues of human trafficking and sexual slavery. It is currently being shown at public screenings around the country.

This movie is at times horrifying, with reenactments of how organized crime rings kidnap women in Eastern Europe, actual footage of trafficked women and children in Southeast Asia, and interviews with rescued women in the United States, it will leave your heart very heavy.


  • Posted on: 21 March 2014
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I recently bought this handmade ceramic piece from a cute local gift shop.
The growing popularity of yoga has helped to bring “Namaste” into our mainstream culture.

From Genocide To Peace

  • Posted on: 14 March 2014
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The third country Shanan and I visited on our artisan tour in Asia was Cambodia. The people of Cambodia have endured a great deal in a span of time shorter than my lifetime. Here is a very brief history; after the Vietnam War spread to Cambodia, the communist Khmer Rouge regime took power. What followed was years of devastation, mass killings, torture and fear. From 1975 to 1979, led by the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, there was a reign of terror in this small country.

More Than 20 Years Without A Country

  • Posted on: 5 March 2014
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Over 200,000 members of the Karen Tribe in Burma (Myanmar) have been displaced due to political turmoil and persecution. As many as 160,000 of them live in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The Karen are not Burmese, they were there long before Burma existed. They aren't Thai, even though many residents of the camps were born in Thailand. In the 20 years the camps have existed a whole generation of children have grown up there and are starting to have children of their own.

First Encounters...

  • Posted on: 17 February 2014
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There is a house in a quiet village in India where women meet on average once per week. They gather to sort fabrics, quilt, patch, stitch, sew and most importantly, for fellowship. Some women live nearby, and some walk a mile or more to go there. They are a spirited bunch led by a spirited woman named Sushmita. At this house, with these women, we had our first face-to-face visit with our artisans...