The walls of the priest’s office were lined with black-and-white photographs of his father donning a checkered Jordanian kufiyyeh and his little sister wearing her white First Communion dress. Newer pictures of Jordan’s king, Abdullah II, Roman Catholic bishops of Jordan, and Pope John Paul II, flanked the family shots. But the most striking images … Continue reading Diet Advice from the Caliph
Without my education at Georgetown, I could never have dreamed to have such a meaningful, deep, and heady conversation.
October 27, 2013 This afternoon I found myself sitting on the front porch of a woman named Maggie. No, I wasn’t with my own mother on our front porch on Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, but it was about as close as I could get here in Amman. I had been walking to the Vatican library … Continue reading Peeling Kiwis: “Peeling Oranges” Series
The green, stone-strewn hills beckoned us out of the city and welcomed us into their fields, bursting with yellow flowers and fed by a gushing stream. As two friends and I descended into the valley, passing homes and shops, children waved hello while washing their goats, and men took long strides to catch up with … Continue reading Hassan Al-Deeyafeh (“Peeling Oranges” Series)
(The Red Sea coast along Jordan is known for its beautiful coral reefs and clear water, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snorkel for the first time in Aqaba a few weekends back.) I jump from the boat into a blue-green splash, and a taste of saltiness washes through my mouth. Gasping and … Continue reading Breathing underwater (“Peeling Oranges” series)