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40 Years After the Cambodian Genocide, One Thing My Parents Still Talk About

Sothy Eng | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

April 17th, 2015 marks 40 years since the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh and unleashed a wrath of vengeance against its own people. The genocide war in Cambodia left almost 2 million people dead from execution, starvation and disease.

Astoria Characters: The Shaman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's a piano tucked into the corner like a baby in a bassinet. It's guarded by a pair of guitars. But these instruments play second fiddle to the incense. There is none burning, yet the living room is filled with the memory of its sweet, seductive scent.

A History of Religion in 11 Objects

S. Brent Plate | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As profane and ordinary as the objects may be, they can also be extraordinary. Some things even become objects of transcendence.

Potent Legal Drug Grows In Popularity Among High School Students

Posted 08.04.2011 | Education

A potent drug known as "spice" is being sold to high school students across the country, ABC News reports. "Spice," also known as "K2" or "legal mari...

Astoria Characters: The Belly-Dancing Psychologist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When Irina Kom parts the exotic pink and gold silk curtain to reveal her living room-cum-bedroom-cum-dance studio, the incense refreshes the senses like a walk in a spring shower.

Meditation: The New Corporate Benefit that Pays Huge Dividends

Joel Brokaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joel Brokaw

Several years ago, Nancy Slomowitz was so fed up that she wanted to walk away from the highly successful and profitable corporation she had built. He...

Astoria Characters: The Artistic Acupuncturist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Kenny Lockwood is a painter, sculptor, musician, composer, actor, writer, poet, performer, acupuncturist and probably a dozen other things

Herbal Holiday Traditions

Brigitte Mars | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brigitte Mars

Winter holidays bring traditions from at least half a dozen world cultures, blended over the centuries. Here are a few herbal allies that have a place in our homes this time of year.