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Raising my Eyebrows to you with love – March 18, 2015

An afternoon storm just blew through leaving soaked pavement, damp skin, and cooler breezes.  The sky is still deep grey blue holding onto more humidity and the wind whips through the tops of the trees helping the leaves to shimmy

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From Bali to Bala and back again and again and again – March 22, 2014

Sitting back at home Philly in a dream state of a muzzy time warp, I can hardly believe I flew halfway around the world to my beloved Bali, and back again to my beloved Bill and Daniel. The time away

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Javanese love letter, March 2013

Here, back home in Bali after 4 days in Java, I write aided by a caffeine high from coffee grown and roasted locally and labeled called “Cosmic Coffee”. Zip and Zen at the same time. The trip to Yogyakarta –

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Homeward bound….home to/from home. March, 2013

Homeward bound….home to/from home. March 16, 2013 Floating eastward towards the International Date Line, into yesterday, I woke from a dream 30,000 feet in the air. Between my two worlds, multiple time zones and cultural fragments, the airline ride back

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Happy New Year from Laura in Bali, March, 2012

March 23, 2012 Happy Balinese New Year or Selemat Hari Raya Nyepi!!! Today is the day of silence in the land of lush cacophony of sounds from motorbikes, guttural laughter, temple bells and prayers, birds, frogs & geckos galore, and

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Love Letters from Indonesia, April 2011

April 3, 2011 It is Sunday here, late in the afternoon, and I can’t believe I have been here for one day more than a week – it feels like years.  Actually it has been 24 years since I first

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Letter of Love, March 2010

I am honestly sitting down for the first time since I arrived in Bali a bit over two weeks ago to send my annual love letter from Bali home. Life has been fuller than usual for me here this year,

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Letter Hari Raya Melasti – March 2009

I awoke early early this morning from a partial jet lag dream, or so I thought. In truth, much of my existence in Bali hangs between this dreamy sweaty hard to believe this is happening state and YES – this

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Happy New Year From Bali

Letter sent home in March, 2007 March 19th, 2007 Happy New Year Everyone! Today is the Balinese New Year, 1929 and it is my favorite holiday in Bali. I haven’t been here for NYEPI for 6 years so you can

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Letter sent home from Yogya, March 2005

Sunday, March 13, 2005 Dear friends and family across the sea, First let me apologies for not writing sooner, as I feel I have been away from home for years.  The past three weeks have flown by as fast as

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Letter sent home in April, 2001

Just thought I’d catch you up to date on what life in Bali is like for our little family. Less than 2 months for go before we reenter the land of Bush, something both Bill and I are dreading (not

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At Home and Abroad: Discovering the Artist

Laura Cohn, ’88. The Peregrine, Newsletter of the College of the Atlantic Association, Summer 1995. The privilege to make art full time rarely exists for artists. The need for food, housing and materials requires consistent funds on which an artist

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Journal Entry of an Artist Who Makes Batik Paintings

I want to write about how Indonesia, batik, painting, selling art, living a foreign solitary existence, so many elements of my life have fit together into a harmony right now that has allowed me to produce a body of work

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Bringing Human Ecology into a Living Balinese Reality

Laura Cohn ’88. The Peregrine, Newsletter of the College of the Atlantic Association, Fall, 1990 I am awakened by urban sounds of children playing, booming Indonesian pop music, televisions blaring, fighting cocks crowing, and the heat and brightness of the

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Bali Through the Eyes of a Human Ecologist

Laura Cohn ’88. The Peregrine, Newsletter of the College of the Atlantic Association, (date unknown) In the archipelago-country of Indonesia sits the province of Bali, a small volcanic island eight degrees south of the equator. To reach Bali, I fly

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