Clare Tyrrell Morin — a writer and editor — shared how we met and how Ya Ji East/West Cultural Gathering came into existence in her blog. Clare and I keep inspiring each other on creativity, community building and spiritual growth. I love the ending of her blog: "We need each other, don't we? We can't work in isolation. We need community, we need muses in the form of our fellow artists and thinkers. We're just like those Song Dynasty folk."