Humam Taha graduated from the University of Mosul, where he studied to be a translator. After the United States invaded Iraq, Humam joined the coalition forces as a translator to help resolve cultural differences and misunderstandings. In 2007 he moved to Dallas after the U.S. Congress passed a bill giving sanctuary to linguists who worked with coalition forces and their families. “Only the good things that … Continue reading Humam Taha
She walked right up to me. I think she was in 8th grade. “Can I ask you a question?” she wondered. Of course. “Do they cry? These people you interview?” Often, I told her…and so do I. There is something powerful about an open and honest exchange. When you give someone your full attention and make it clear that what they have to say is … Continue reading Do they cry?
You know the picture. It’s a grainy black and white from 1972 Vietnam. A 9-year-old girl runs, crying, from a village that has just been napalmed, the clothes burned from her body. Photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer for the image that so powerfully captured the human cost of war. I saw the photo just last month in Washington DC when I visited the Newseum, … Continue reading A Pulitzer, revisited
Taylor Bond lived the life that he thought was expected of him. He worked as an electrician for 10 years before, he says, he “freaked out,” sold all of his possessions, and bought an RV. Now he lives in Moab, Utah, works for just over minimum wage at a local climbing shop, and climbs rock towers in the desert. “Everybody wants what they can’t have. The … Continue reading Taylor Bond