Table of Contents: June 2005

This image is a personal response to the Asian tsunami disaster and an attempt to convey the profound way in which that event touched lives around the world. Early one morning, I loaded a 50-pound iron Buddha head into a backpack, strapped on my camera equipment, and set out on a four-mile hike up the California coast from Torrey Pines Beach. The Buddha originally came from a monastery, by way of a hospital, before finding its way into my hands on American shores. Several weeks of unusually high surf conditions and winter storms had strewn the beach with organic material. I laid the Buddha in the flotsam, and contemplated the way it interacted with the other objects—a feather, grains of sand. The multiplicity of interpretations symbolizes for me all the individual stories of survivors.

Born R. Evan Thomas in 1965, I work under the name Avenescent as an artist and as a creative director for New Earth Publications and the magazine Planet Lightworker. I have spent my life in artistic exploration, and my present passions are the digital arts and photography. I have enjoyed life experiences in many parts of the United States, and although much of my family resides in the Northwest, I prefer the warm, sunny climate of Southern California.

Image Credit: R. Evan Thomas (avenescent [at]

Health in Action

How the Cochrane Collaboration Is Responding to the Asian Tsunami

Prathap Tharyan, Mike Clarke, Sally Green

Addressing Psychosocial Needs in the Aftermath of the Tsunami

Kaz de Jong, Sue Prosser, Nathan Ford

Research in Translation

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