Fatuma Sharif spends her days in Pittsburgh trying to navigate a new city and culture, while constantly worrying about her family still overseas. Find her story here.
In 2015, the mayor of Pittsburgh promised to welcome 500 Syrian refugees. By the close of 2017, less than half that number have arrived, and most are struggling. I had lunch with a group of Syrian teens and young adults, and listened to their opinions on how Pittsburgh is handling the growing refugee population. Click... Continue Reading →
I was asked to outline systemic racism for a Christian social justice conference as a way to help those just beginning to think about these issues understand it. The essay can be found here.
A selection from my column at Open Adoption Bloggers, about how we think about sharing our children's adoption stories can be found here.
This is the second vignette in a four-part series on the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh. The introduction to this project and first vignette can be found here.
A short essay penned during a long winter with three children under age three: Today, I had a mini meltdown about being snowed in, trapped with our piles of crap that needs to be put away and kids who don't want to be here (I assume the babies don't care, but Eli asks constantly to... Continue Reading →
A short story about a harried morning with my three little ones was featured in Angels on Earth, a publication of Guideposts.