Grateful, after all these years!

Grateful, after all these years serving in Ethiopia and Vietnam! Do you keep a grateful journal? It’s a critical tool for good thinking and spiritual health. But it’s been tough this past year. I’ve tried, but skipped many days. Pondering this Thanksgiving Newsletter, I reviewed my journal. I use the…

Exciting Travel

Alternative Travel!

As the challenging coronavirus spreads throughout the world, we hunker down, sheltering-in-place. Very few things bring out our joy, and a positive spirit, as does traveling. But we learn to cope. There are many ways for virtual travel, changing your mood.

Prayer for the Yemenis

Aisha al-Juaidi is my imaginary friend who has suffered in life, and whom I want to save physically and spiritually. This young Yemeni girl is the antagonist in my newest suspense novel, The Terrorist’s Redemption. When I picture her face, I see the face of one of my fifth-grade students at the School of Tomorrow in Addis Ababa, a Yemeni girl taken out of class five years ago and disappearing, most likely home to civil war torn Yemen.

A Love Letter and Meditation

Depending on what we choose to look at, we can still find beauty and hope in the world. Yes, we need to be realistic, but that also includes looking around 360 degrees, appreciating the good, and caring about each other.

‘World’s Best Beaches: Vietnam’s Hang Cau Beach

On Ly Son Island, Hang Cau Beach is a beach lover’s dream: listening to the waves, laying on the sand, walking in the transparent water, finding all kinds of sea life. Colorful fishing boats sit on the shoreline. A photographer shoots wedding photographs of a lovely couple fully dressed into traditional clothes. But it is more than just one photographer—it’s an entire entourage, including make-up artists and hair-stylists. In Vietnam, Ly Son is one of the most treasured places to create such lifelong memories.

But if you can take your eyes off the water scene, turn around! Behind the beach is a huge black volcanic cliff on the northern side of Thoi Loi’s volcanic tuff ring …