On Monasteries, Children, and Loving Our Enemies

Gunmen Kill at Least 28 Coptic Christians in Egypt The headline spares nothing, except that there were children. I numbly read the article describing the pilgrimage. The group was headed to St. Samuel Monastery for a pilgrimage when pick up trucks reportedly drove up to the busses and began firing automatic weapons. I read as … Continue reading On Monasteries, Children, and Loving Our Enemies

The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

Every September, when cool breezes off the Nile River replaced the sweltering heat of summer, the expatriate community in Cairo, Egypt would reunite. Most employers planned a variety of activities to introduce any newcomers to Egypt in general, and the gigantic city of Cairo in particular. Our employer, the American University of Cairo, put together … Continue reading The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

A Bigger Picture

I arrived back from Egypt yesterday, bleary-eyed after hours of travel. Having coffee in Cairo, sahlep in Istanbul, and mint tea in our Cambridge living room reminded me yet again of how connected our world is. We fell asleep and woke up on the other side of the world.  The trip was a gift that … Continue reading A Bigger Picture

No Child Should Have to be the Firstborn….

  Firstborn children have the joy and burden of being first. The joy of newness and expectation, the burden of insecure parenting and wanting to get it right. No child should have to be the firstborn. But someone has to, and they deserve special applause as they teach their parents more of what it is … Continue reading No Child Should Have to be the Firstborn….

In Honor of a Birthday – Marty’s Balcony

My friend Marty had a birthday the other day. I haven't lived close to Marty in years, but just the fact that she had this birthday brought back beloved memories of this friend, and of the many times spent together, often on her balcony. So I remembered this piece that I wrote when I first … Continue reading In Honor of a Birthday – Marty’s Balcony

A Life Overseas – Offending and Mending

Readers, would you join me today at A Life Overseas? I've retooled an old piece! Of all the difficult things we do in cross-cultural moves, finding places to live is near the top. We want to create space and place – we want to create home. And often our expectations are a planet away from our … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Offending and Mending

A Poem of Hope – Two Rows by the Sea

A little over a week ago, the world stopped for a moment on hearing the news of 21 Coptic Christians, murdered by ISIS on the shores of a beach in Tripoli. Coptic Christians don't get much attention on the world stage, but this was different. The pictures of those orange clad men on the beach … Continue reading A Poem of Hope – Two Rows by the Sea

A Mother’s Grief; A Father’s Pain

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/181692166192974583/?od=IzXlHgkc2a2hcrmfia1%2BDiAqc2%2BeVafQeDlL5D3beApprk8HYhYVGgLzy%2Ba5bknw9l4DdjfZF%2F3mVMK0K96Cn%2Bb1H92lcfIPXC7HWXcVV2gF4ErdvAfCTGZTbVp5zyWE1KP%2BgegWkwEiGJh7rbQ4u4xfVL12LkvhCqVNNnYSc4TUpfQ0Wp%2Bp9ox1%2BfEvb4CVJ04%2B0w10O6hIlEUn1Lkm2g%3D%3D&user_id=bWFyaWx5bmdhcmRuZXI1QGdtYWlsLmNvbQ%3D%3D&conversation=4752940022001308161&invite_code=d7b4147c36adc416e12666c27fbdef3d&utm_campaign=msgpin&e_t=be5891eb26414ee49e03357e6294bec5&utm_content=181692166192974583&utm_source=31&e_t_s=cta&utm_medium=2000 Three hours south of Cairo, in a small town rarely heard of until this past Sunday, families grieve. Thirteen of the men murdered by ISIS are from this town. Yousef Shoukry, aged 24 is one of those men. Like most of these men, Yousef needed a job and could not find one in Egypt, … Continue reading A Mother’s Grief; A Father’s Pain

Remember Their Names

I look at the picture and read through the names. 21 in all. They feel familiar, though rusty, on my tongue. Reading these names, praying as I read them feels like the best thing I can do to honor these men. There is something important about remembering their names. There is something defiant in the … Continue reading Remember Their Names

The ISIS Definition of Who Lives and Who Dies

The People of the Cross I woke to the news that 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt were beheaded by ISIS on a beach in Tripoli. That ISIS would pick a beautiful place by the ocean to carry out this heinous act feels particularly galling. God's creation in all its beauty juxtaposed with man, made in … Continue reading The ISIS Definition of Who Lives and Who Dies

Ramadan 2014- What Growing up in a Muslim Country Taught us About Christianity

This post is a re-post from two years ago but is just as accurate. Thank you for joining us. Today begins the Holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is marked by fasting daily from sun up to sun down. As Christians raised in Pakistan our memories of … Continue reading Ramadan 2014- What Growing up in a Muslim Country Taught us About Christianity

You Take Yourself With You (And Other Things About Living Overseas)

Readers, I'm posting at A Life Overseas today about what does and doesn't happen when you get on that plane to go overseas. Here is a preview of a longer version where you can then head over to A Life Overseas to read the rest.  I’ll never forget the day the call came from the … Continue reading You Take Yourself With You (And Other Things About Living Overseas)

Remembering “The Square”

On Friday night we watched the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Square (Al Midan). This movie captures what happened in Egypt from a few weeks before the momentous ousting of Hosni Mubarak on January 25, 2011 through this past summer. "Let me tell you how this story began....It began with a group of brave, young Egyptians battling … Continue reading Remembering “The Square”

Egypt – a Call to Pray

********************* My love for Egypt is no surprise to Communicating Across Boundaries readers. Despite no longer having a vicarious presence in the country through our daughter, we keep up regularly through friends and acquaintances. As our newsfeeds fill with news from Egypt, it is hard to know what is really going on. With the west … Continue reading Egypt – a Call to Pray

Posting at A Life Overseas – Holiday Grace

Readers - today I'm over at A Life Overseas writing about Holiday Grace. Would love to have you join me there! Here is an excerpt from that piece: Tomorrow is the 4th of July - Independence Day in the United States and a national holiday. It's a day that causes laughter and cross national joking … Continue reading Posting at A Life Overseas – Holiday Grace

The Morning After Easter – Sham el Nessim (a Repost)

Orthodox Easter, otherwise known as Pascha, was this weekend. This means that much of Christendom celebrated Easter after a Holy Week that led us to a final, triumphant service, beginning just before midnight on Saturday and ending around three in the morning. While this may seem daunting, I assure you - staying awake is not … Continue reading The Morning After Easter – Sham el Nessim (a Repost)

What Would You Take?

When we first arrived in Egypt years ago, we had a shipment of goods that we were allotted by the university. At the time we didn't have that many possessions so it was not too difficult to decide what to bring. In fact, we would have packed more, we just didn't have enough to fill … Continue reading What Would You Take?

Challenging Assumptions

This piece was first posted in February of 2011, soon after I began blogging. I was reminded of it recently when a favorite blogger of mine, Rachel who writes at Djibouti Jones as well as various other places on the web, began a series "Let's Talk About Hijab". I love what she is doing with … Continue reading Challenging Assumptions