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    May 18, 2021

    Does anyone recognize people in the photo?

    This newspaper clipping from the early 1960s includes a photograph from the files of the late Mary Dyer of Owls Head. The family wants to know if anyone can identify the people in this photo from The Courier-Gazette.

  • Published
    November 11, 2011

    Midcoast citizens join pipeline protesters circling White House

    From Jim Matlack of Rockport, received by Judith Mitchell on Nov. 6 by telephone: Two full busloads and countless carpools, train-passengers, and perhaps a frequent flyer or two, arrived in Washington on the clear, sunny Saturday morning, Nov. 5, to deliver the message: "No Tar Sands pipeline," to President Barack Obama, by surrounding the White House. The demonstration was organized by Bill McKibben of ...

  • Published
    October 8, 2011

    Dispatch from flight level

    I have been writing every day about life here and our reactions to it, about the unexpected, about the stunning thrills (driving) and each of our biorhythmic adjustments to this foreign land. The 80 pages are unabridged and raw, and probably too unpolished to send out as an attachment, so here is an aimed (taking a bead, so to speak) distillation. Two score and one day ago, at 6:45 a.m. and just after a lunar ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    Sovanna Phum: the Shadow Puppet Theater

    Back in Phnom Penh on the search again for young Cambodian artists leading the way in creating a new cultural identity for Cambodia by reviving the old and fusing it with the new. First thing in the morning, Lauren and I took off in a tuk-tuk (a motor bike, called a ‘moto’ with an open cab of two wooden bench-like seats facing each other, and which can hold up to four passengers. It is covered by a colorful ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    Animators, fishermen, bloggers

    A day of goodbyes, unexpected surprises, and traveling. After three days at the exciting arts institute of Phare Ponleu Selpak a 15-year-old non-governmental organization established by Cambodian refugees in 1994 in the northwest city of Battambang, we packed up to leave. Before bracing ourselves for the rough six-hour ride to Phnom Penh for more research, filming and pre-production, we decided to pay a visit to ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    Leaders, entrepreneurs, fireworks on the Tonle Sap

    It’s Memorial Day in Cambodia, a national holiday, the day the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot was deposed by a coalition led by the Vietnamese. Cambodian flags lined the streets of Phnom Penh and the countryside. We celebrated it by a second visit to the Teuk Thla Dormitory Leadership Center for university women, also known as the Harpswell program. The Center was the inspiration of Alan Lightman (Einstein’s ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    Art from a different perspective

    Another long and productive day in Phnom Penh chasing down our story, interviewing young Cambodian artists who are creating a new cultural identity for their country, still emerging from a tragic legacy. That legacy was brought home to us by our first visit of the day: the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), a 15-year old independent research institute whose mission is ‘memory and justice’ in documenting ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    The ancient and the modern

    In Phnom Penh we met Srey Pov, a 19-year-old first year university student, who practiced ancient Cambodian music, Smot, learning from a 63-year-old master. Every Sunday, Yan Borin gives Srey Pov a lesson in this complex funereal lament. The two sang in tandem, collapsing a 44-year age difference, and transporting us back 2,000 year, to the time of Buddha they say, in a one room apartment at the end of an alley ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2011

    Cambodia plus 25

    In January, I went to Cambodia to research a documentary on young artists who are creating a new cultural identity in a country often still referred to as “the Killing Fields.” Thirty years ago, a cultural and population genocide under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was halted; 25 years ago I first went to this country with Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes to produce a piece on the 10th anniversary of the end of ...

  • Published
    November 6, 2010

    China: A world leader in the alternative energy race

    A formidable China is combining size, strength, vision and ability in its run to become world leader in the alternative energies race. Last month, my husband and I traveled to China to visit a new solar city. Stepping off the shoddy plane and discovering the sleek, shiny space station called Beijing took my breath away. Ghostly towers emerged from the thick haze of pollution as our driver negotiated heavy ...

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