Monthly Archives: March 2015

Preah Vihear and Writing Through Big Events

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This was a big weekend for Writing Through. The weeklong Full-Length workshops always culminate in a ‘Big Event’ where the students stand up and read the work they had written over the course of the workshop. Usually, their presentations lead …

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Banteay Chhmar Revisited

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I have just come back to Siem Reap after running the second of our Writing Through workshops for the children of the Enfants du Mekong centre in the remote northern village of Banteay Chhmar. Much has changed. The road which …

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Magic in Siem Reap

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Magic happens here all the time. You never know when one stray conversation will lead to a new connection, a new opportunity. This past Friday we traveled from Sisophon, which I wrote about here, back to Siem Reap for the …

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Helping the Monks

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A quick post to tell about how I had the chance to join a few other long-term guests at my guest house to help a nearby Pagoda with a much needed construction project. The young family who own the guest …

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Brainstorming in Sisophon

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I have spent the last few days in the small provincial city of Sisophon, the capitol of Banteay Meanchey province in northwestern Cambodia. To be honest, there isn’t a lot going on here. Tourists rarely come. You won’t find tuk …

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Teaching Teachers in Phnom Penh

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I spent this past week in Phnom Penh. I come every year. I have always loved its craziness, its mass of humanity on the streets, the astonishing juxtaposition of developed and undeveloped. Mostly now, though, it is a city full …

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Writers Abroad Magazine

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I’ve been called many things, but this one I like 🙂  ‘A Writer Abroad” This is also the name of a fairly new magazine  (the 2nd issue is now out) whose mission statement is clearly stated on its cover:   …

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The Power of Reading Aloud

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While I am here in Siem Reap, I make it a habit to find time to read aloud to the kids in the public school housed on the grounds of my favourite pagoda, Wat Damnak. The reading takes place in …

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