Writing

Family in Vietnam

In need of a ‘Just Mem­o­ry’ in Vietnam
Opin­ion arti­cle for The Men­non­ite online, August 12, 2019

When it comes to Vietnam, what is it we have for­got­ten in the 50-plus years since the war end­ed? Whether we were for or against the war, are we remem­ber­ing those who con­tin­ue to be affect­ed by our government’s actions half a cen­tu­ry ago?

Man praying in church in Syria

Peace­mak­er Priest Still Miss­ing in Syria
Arti­cle for Collegeville Insti­tute, Decem­ber 12, 2013

On July 28, 2013, Jesuit priest Pao­lo Dall’Oglio went miss­ing in the Syr­i­an city of Raqaa. He had returned to Syria from forced exile to nego­ti­ate a truce between local Kurds and an Islam­ic mil­i­tant group. 

Engaging Arabic Typography

Engag­ing Ara­bic Typog­ra­phy
Arti­cle for Silk Road Stu­dio, Feb­ru­ary 29, 2012.

It is chal­leng­ing to find Ara­bic type­faces that are well-craft­ed and do jus­tice to the beau­ty of the Ara­bic script. Most of the Ara­bic type­faces which a designer in the West has access to by default are only decent at best.

Hoi An dragon relief

Trav­el­ing Light. Pho­tos and sto­ries about my fam­i­ly’s life in South­east Asia and beyond. 2008–2019.

Inter­views and sto­ries writ­ten for the Collegeville Insti­tute, 2013–2016.

Calligraphy Qalam website

All text for CalligraphyQalam.com, my MFA the­sis project at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bal­ti­more, May 2009.

Dam­as­cus Mosa­ic blog writ­ten dur­ing my year liv­ing in Syria, 2005–2006.