(Published in The Washington Post) FORT YUKON, Alaska – It may sound strange to someone from the Lower 48, but in interior Alaska, 2 degrees Fahrenheit in early March is balmy. This winter’s record-setting warm temperatures are just the latest in an ongoing string of environmental changes for the indigenous Gwich’in village of Fort Yukon, ten … Continue reading
I spent a few days visiting Poland’s forgotten Muslim lands — inhabited for centuries by Polish Tatars. Today, there are just two traditional wooden mosques in the villages of Kruszyniany and Bohoniki, with others in neighboring Lithuania and Belarus. Story coming soon.
The ice on the window of my room at Hotel Ottumwa was enough to make me want to crawl back into bed, but it was Saturday morning and services were going to start at B’nai Jacob synagogue on East Main Street. I spent the weekend exploring Iowa’s small town Jewish heritage — a bucket list project, … Continue reading
Hello from beautiful Montserrat — a tiny island nation in the Caribbean, about 30 miles from Antigua. I was fortunate enough to visit Montserrat’s capital, Plymouth, with island native Cecil Wade. The bustling city was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1997 that displaced more than half of the island’s population. Subsequent eruptions since then … Continue reading
The story of Marvin Rockwell — the patriarch of Monteverde, Costa Rica’s Quaker community — who was one of the original settlers who traveled from Alabama to avoid the draft. http://alj.am/1wQQzRl Ester Debevec is one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors from Sarajevo. She, like many others, refused to leave during the Siege of Sarajevo and lived to … Continue reading
The leaves in Wisconsin, taken while on the road for Al Jazeera America.
The latest installment of photo blog posts from my summer in Alaska — this time, looking at historic Russian Orthodox churches in the Kodiak Archipelago and Aleutian Islands. Obviously, these are only a few of the many beautiful Orthodox churches in Alaska.
The Alaskan town of Adak is as far west as you can go and still be in the United States. I spent 11 days with the kind, welcoming, generous people of this town. The 100-or-so permanent residents live in the remnants of a Cold War-era Navy base built to house thousands of people. The town is the … Continue reading