My Byline Online

Enjoy these lovely links to selected articles I’ve written that are available online:

  • Contextualizing France’s Yellow Vests Protests (Culture Keeper, 4 January 2019): …In this posting from Culture Keeper, we’ve paired photos from the Yellow Vests protests in Paris and in Pau with some French voices who guide us into an exploration, far from exhaustive though it is, of the present context in which the Yellow Vests protests have been taking place. …
  • Sometimes Diplomacy Is Soft and Quiet (Culture Keeper, 20 November 2018): Participating in these formal yet informal ceremonial events that most American and French people will never know are happening, in contrast to the words and tweets exchanged between our presidents, one is struck by the easy down-to-earthness of it all, while also sensing that these exchanges taking place in the shadow of the Pyrénées, and photographed only by the local newspaper, matter….
  • Where to get festive in Nashville (British Airways, November 2018): From summer 2019, you’ll be able to fly straight to the Music City every day of the week, up from its current five weekly flights. Clearly the buzz around Nashville shows no signs of abating, making it the perfect time to head across the pond for some Christmas cheer Nashville-style, or to ring in the new year with Keith Urban, fireworks and the midnight Music Note Drop. …
  • French Media Snub Farmers’ Protests (NewsMavens, 15 February 2018): Last week, farmers in southwestern France protested over threatened reductions in subsidies as France makes plans to reduce the number of “less favorable” agricultural areas. Most French news outlets ignored the story….
  • A Moons and Houses and Hope Travelogue (Culture Keeper, 19 December 2016): We entered Bosnia by road as night fell. A full moon rose and threw a spotlight down on houses scattered like carcasses through the countryside. So very many carcasses. Empty inside, roofless, with charred stone walls marking a former existence. Silent, somber, haunting, poetic testimony to tragedy. What exactly had happened here? Suddenly it all mattered….
  • Driving Through the Balkans, a Rocky Road (Washington Post, 25 June 2015): Despite scenic views, charming dinners and welcoming hosts, we found traces of tragedy in burned-out houses, ethnic segregation and a pervasive sense of melancholy. The five countries we passed through were like beloved grandparents with war stories to tell…
  • We Are Still Charlie (Society of Professional Journalists’ Journalism and the World blog, 3 May 2015): For most of the day, the crew members outnumbered the handfuls of spectators who paused in their wanderings along the wide boulevard that is a center of all that happens in Aix. But for Bernard Beka, a veteran war reporter who organized the event in partnership with Reporters Without Borders, if even just eight people listened and were touched by what they heard, then that would suffice…
  • Releasing Fear, Embracing God (The Well, 8 December 2015): I come by fear honestly. It’s embedded in my genes, not the best gift among the other better heritages that live down the lines of my family. I first climbed deeply into the pit of fear when I was about 13 years old. I was dragged down there initially by some thyroid hormones that were out of whack, but I wasn’t released from the prison just by correcting the hormone levels. Fear had gained a foothold and wasn’t quick to relinquish it…
  • The Word Became Flesh (The Washington Institute’s Missio blog, 24 December 2013): A lover of words and their sounds, I discovered, a few months into my studies, that there were certain French words that resisted taking up residence in the new dictionary in my head. Upon further inspection, I realized this was because my new dictionary was fighting them off, unwilling to accept entries from words whose sounds I don’t find pleasing, while it eagerly welcomed the words whose beauty I prefer over their English counterpart…
  • Standing with Zambia: Spark Ventures (North Park University’s North Parker magazine, Summer 2013): Overwhelmed by the needs he observed while working alongside Mumba and his wife, Margaret, at their orphanage and school—initiatives that began in the early 2000s when the Mumbas responded to needs in their church—he asked Mumba, “What do you need?” Johnson was already anticipating the answer would be money. Instead, Mumba said they needed partners to stand alongside them until they could stand on their own…
  • Help that Heals (Prism Magazine, March/April 2011): When I landed in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo, for a brief visit in late 2007 after a period of horrible fighting and massacres in the region, UN cargo planes were the only others parked on the tarmac. Blue-hatted soldiers lounged against their roadside tanks as we traveled from the airport to the missionary pilot’s home…  
  • Vietnam: Unleashing Disciples (Outreach, September/October 2010): Before joining Northwood Church in Keller, Texas, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, both Jessica Jernigan and Vicky Scott had participated in mission trips with their previous churches. And both had a love for international travel. So it was no surprise when the two women were quick to attend informational sessions about Northwood’s ongoing work in Vietnam and upcoming trips to the developing Southeast Asian nation…
  • Zimbabwe economic crisis cripples mission station (United Methodist News Service, 10 January 2008 ): The sewage system is overloaded, buildings are decaying, electricity is unreliable, and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe makes operating two schools, a hospital, a children’s home and church nearly impossible. Yet Old Mutare Mission, a ministry of The United Methodist Church for 110 years, is determined to continue its ministry to the people of Zimbabwe, its leaders say…
  • And here’s a bit of video from an unexpected interview in French on World Press Freedom Day 2015.
  • Another bit of video from a press conference situation during the 2019 Defend Media Freedom conference/Global Conference for Press Freedom, in which the United States and other countries delivered official statements on press freedom. My question comes around the 1:30 minute mark.
  • See the MicroStories series my photographer friend JC Johnson and I have published. For this collaboration of image and text, the photos were taken in Europe and play with scale, creating a miniature effect. The stories are tiny, short fiction tales that narrate the photos but are also intended to inspire you to find your own stories in the whimsical images.

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