Explore: The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The very name makes me think of lighthouses and bird cries, the salty tang of sea air and the mysterious rhythm of murmuring surf. The Outer Banks is a regional term for a collection of barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina famed for its dangerous ports…

Mexico: A colorful neighbor

I’ve traveled all over the world, but I’d never been to Mexico until a few weeks ago. Though most of the trip I saw the grittier side of the country due to my job filming a ministry to immigrants and trafficked persons, I still had a few opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this historic country. Plus, I…

Tricycle Taxis and the Land of Pagodas

The heat could have peeled paint off a house. Fried a quail egg on a rubbish-covered sidewalk. Boiled whole chicken feet in a pot of oil. Sweat snakes down the curve of my back and dampens my palms as I switch a tripod case as tall as I am to my other shoulder. The clamor of…

A Wintry Walk in Carlisle

One of the benefits of life being a bit slower in winter is the opportunity to have a bit of a wander around Carlisle and discover its hidden jewels, including many hole-in-the wall local restaurants and cafes. This particular morning I woke up to snow blanketing the ground and turning Carlisle into a fairy-tale village….

Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the…

10 Reasons You’ll Love the American Midwest

* Author note: Photographs for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were borrowed for illustrative purposes. All other photos on this post and blog are my own.  When people return to their home culture after living or traveling abroad, it’s common for them to critically view many aspects of their home culture. This is normal. But…