As I watch the tragic events unfold in Afghanistan, and listen to the debate about who needs to get out of the country, and how and when, I am reminded of an interview I did in Dallas several years ago with Humam Taha. Humam graduated from the University of Mosul, where he studied to be a translator. After the United States invaded Iraq, Humam joined … Continue reading What now?
Last week I met Kerem. A friend of a friend, he was a Turkish photojournalist until it became unsafe to be a Turkish photojournalist. Kerem got a green card when that was easier to do. He sold all his belongings and moved to the United States with his wife and twin boys. They went first to Rochester, MN to be close to other family who … Continue reading Kerem
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
I’ve always loved my work as a travel photographer. For me, it dovetails perfectly with the work of A Peace of My Mind. When we visit new places…when we get outside of our comfort zone…we learn to see the world in new ways. It’s good to step out of our routine and open our eyes to other possibilities. For the past three weeks, we were … Continue reading Travel and see
***I just finished reading a book called The Nightingale. Nazi Germany rolled into France and caught its citizens by surprise. The world changed quickly and dramatically. The two main characters, sisters Isabelle and Vianne, come to a realization of what is happening in different ways…at different speeds. Isabelle is young and single. She responds to the horrors of war swiftly and boldly. She joins the … Continue reading Where do you stand?