We head to the airport in Doha Qatar early in the morning. Already the air is heavy with heat. Humidity is high and my husband’s glasses fog up as soon as he steps outside. The majority of Qatar is not Qataris but those in Qatar for work or travel. It feels like a fascinating and … Continue reading Next Stop Kurdistan
The University of Raparin is a public university located in the city or Rania in Northern Iraq. Media portrayals of Iraq paint a dangerous picture of a war torn area. In fact, the Kurdish region is a beautiful area that has worked hard, despite incredible challenges, to rebuild infrastructure and the health care system in … Continue reading Support Nurses in Kurdistan!
I rarely get political on this blog. While the theme of communicating across the boundaries of faith and culture doesn’t exclude politics, it would limit me too much. But I don’t think of this post as political. Rather, I see it as fitting for connecting the dots to a God who cared enough to walk … Continue reading On Blackwater Massacres and Christmas Eve
Week 4 – Advent Tomorrow, December 21st, marks the longest night of the year. While living in Kurdistan we found out that Kurds and Iranians honor the longest night of the year with a celebration. They gather together with family and friends eating, drinking, and reading poetry of which the poet Hafez born in Shiraz … Continue reading And So We Wait – A Brighter Light
I wake up lonely. This does not happen often, but when it does I know tears are just below the surface and I feel the heavy weight of distance between me and the world. It is not surprising, but it is unwelcome. Just last week I was surrounded by family and life, by water and … Continue reading Lonely Tears and Sunflower Hope
It’s a complicated time to be an American. From wearing masks to views of political parties to ideas for restrictions on police, we are a divided nation. So divided it seems, that when someone says something is purple, you are guaranteed a response of “well, maybe it’s not really purple. I mean – you think … Continue reading It’s Complicated
عيد مبارك Each year, the sighting of a crescent moon tells Muslims around the world the date of Eid al Fitr. With that date, a month of fasting ends and festivities and celebrations begin. Today is Eid al Fitr and I wake up full of memories of past Ramadans and Eid celebrations. I indulge these, … Continue reading Eid Celebrations & Memories