Russian Orthodox Churches in Southern Alaska

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.

Fourth of July from the edge of America

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┬ápeople of this town. The 100-or-so permanent residents┬álive in the remnants of a Cold War-era Navy base built to house thousands of people. The town is the … Continue reading

A Compilation of Images from Costa Rica

Marvin Rockwell, 92, of Fairhope, Ala., who left the United States in 1950 to evade the draft. He and 43 other Quakers, who are┬áreligiously opposed to violence, settled in the region that came to be called Monteverde. Read more here.     The biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forests, in jeopordy due to increasing temperatures. … Continue reading

Georgia in Photos

No, not the state. For the past few weeks, I have been traveling throughout Georgia (, Republic of) as a graduation gift to myself. After two quick stops in Ireland to visit a friend, then Istanbul to check some things off my bucket list, I headed to the Caucuses and flooded my Facebook page with … Continue reading

Paddlefish at Osage Catfisheries


Touring Kinloch (photos)

Kinloch was Missouri’s first incorporated African American city in north St. Louis County. In the 80s the airport started buying up land to build a new runway, and the city lost more than 85 percent of its tax base. Today the city boundaries encompass less than one-square-mile. Most of the houses, churches, and businesses were … Continue reading

Revisiting Pinhook

For my latest freelance project, I’m writing about Missouri’s disappearing black towns. This took me to the village of Pinhook, pop. 30 (2010). In 2011, the town was destroyed when the Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Bird’s Point Levee to save Cairo, Ill., from flooding. I first visited Pinhook in 2011 in the … Continue reading

My trip to Old Mines, Mo.

Ms. Monica told me that I had to start my article with how God worked in my life today. I’m not sure I can do that when I write the actual article, but I think this will be okay. So, here goes. My two classmates — Bridgit Bowden and Jake Godin — and I are … Continue reading