Homeless in the City of Roses

This weekend, my girlfriend and I drove to Portland, Oregon to meet up with a friend and do the usual tourist stuff. We ate a maple bacon donut, wandered through Powell’s City of Books and poked around the holiday market for sales tax-free gifts. Our friend came by bus, so our trip was bookended byContinue reading “Homeless in the City of Roses”

Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession

Wind whips along U.S. Route 160, a two-lane rural highway that stretches like an obsidian necklace across the sandstone hills and valleys of the Navajo Nation. Sand blows from one dusty shoulder to the other in long trails that twist and wriggle like ethereal snakes. A row of plywood booths is strung out from theContinue reading “Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession”

One Month After Guatemala

It’s amazing what one month can do. Four weeks ago, I touched down in Los Angeles in the rain after a life-changing week in my adopted homeland of Guatemala. I was so in love with the place and the people; I was fired up about their struggles; it was painful to try to contain theContinue reading “One Month After Guatemala”

An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson

“For the unexamined life is not worth living for men.” – Socrates During the first week of his classes, Dr. Joel Olson would hand out a pink sheet of paper outlining his theory of education. “Education is uncomfortable,” he said. “It makes you think about new things, challenges old beliefs, forces you to reevaluate theContinue reading “An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson”

Guatemala in the Rear View Mirror

Over the last week, I have slept on airport floors, careened down perilous mountain highways, laid my hands on the stones of Mayan ruins and gotten lost in a bustling market in a country three thousand miles from home. I was disoriented, culture-shocked and a little queasy, but the experience of traveling to Guatemala wasContinue reading “Guatemala in the Rear View Mirror”