Mother’s dedication inspires 20-year-old to academic success in Turkey


My story for UNHCR


Photo:Fatima (left) and and fellow student Rawan take a moment to relax in the park. Fatima is hoping to study for a masters and a PhD, and plans to returns to Syria when the war is over.  © UNHCR/Ali Unal


Doggone It, Why Do They Make It So Hard To Take A Pooch On A Plane?

From Kenya, to Nepal to Turkey — our dog Biko has experienced the red tape and complexities of international travel. Here’s a dog’s tale. My story for NPR.


This picture of Biko was taken on the southern edge of the Kathmandu Valley during one of our regular weekend hikes. We were stopped on this knoll, watching a traditional Newar funeral procession.

photo by  Brad Wong of ward

‘I Hope The Hospital Has Enough Diesel For Their Generator’

Photo credit: (c)Bradley Wong – A maternity ward in a rural hospital in Nepal

Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Hospitals are short of medicine and fuel due to a border blockade. They are cooking with firewood and delaying many surgeries. The rural areas are particularly hard hit  In the midst of it, I ended up having emergency surgery. My piece for NPR.