November 14, 2023


Look in all directions and you’ll see skies that play host to all manner of cloud formations—huge billowing clouds rising up to the roof of the sky, mackerel clouds, clouds scudding across the horizon, dark menacing clouds that augur an abrupt change in the weather, even the wispy pink and soft blue clouds which hover like angels long after sunset.  But […]
September 4, 2023

The Lost Year…or was it?

It was a photograph of the school’s entrance or, should I say, the concrete steps leading to the entrance of a Catholic boys’ high school that liberated memories dormant for more than fifty years. In the small hours, in the shape shifting shadows of my bedroom ceiling searching for sense in the immutable past did I find myself revisiting those […]
August 18, 2023

Writing As A Religion (Diversity, Celebrities & Falling In Love)

Jacob Riis Park
February 21, 2023

Out Of Africa

Farewell to the Congo As the Ethiopian Airlines jet taxied to our gate, I felt a strange relief leaving Goma. Two weeks in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was enough. My head cold had not improved—rather on the last evening it developed into full blown sinusitis that left me not only babbling in my […]
January 15, 2023

Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned

Father Paschal The priest raised the sacred host to heaven at the very moment the zealot slammed his fist down onto the makeshift altar’s wooden crucifix splintering it into a dozen pieces. Several Catholic [1]TCNs, (Filipinos, Lebanese and Indians) attempted to subdue the man who was ranting at the bespectacled priest from America. “Heretic!  Blasphemer!  Idolater!” Many in the congregation stampeded to […]
January 11, 2023

An IPPY Award, My Life on Zoom and a Return to the Camino

An IPPY Award Last Tuesday I received an unlikely Instagram message from Christine Reed aka ‘ruggedoutdoorswoman’–at least that’s what her handle said–who claimed my book It’s Your Camino: One Couple’s 500-Mile Pilgrimage Across Spain had garnered a 2021 IPPY Award. The young outdoors woman from Colorado, an author (Alone in Wonderland) in her own right, offered her ‘Congratulations.’ My first […]
December 22, 2022

My First, My Last, My Greatest Goal!

That I found myself, a grown man weeping to see the sight should have been no surprise to those who know me.  As Leonel Messi, indubitably soccer’s GOAT, hoisted the gold World Cup trophy to the rapture of his younger teammates, I too, felt that my life in soccer, aka fútbol, had come full circle.  Mine were tears of joy. I consider myself a […]
November 23, 2022

In the Gardens of King Faisal

At first, I thought it a mirage.  Making its way slowly down Riyadh’s Sitteen Street, the most beautifully polished navy-blue Rolls Royce came into view.  But there was something else about this high-end luxury car flaunting its “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament—I recognized it immediately and stopped in my tracks.  The car found the curb rolling to a halt a few feet […]
October 30, 2022

My New Action Hero

Action Heroes For as long as I can remember Action Heroes (Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jason Statham come to mind), have been a huge part of my life.  For starters, these action heroes stand out in a crowd and are usually outnumbered, outgunned and outside the law.  They are thrust into situations from which mere mortals […]
May 4, 2022

The Vimto Prince

Riyadh Schools It is a photograph from a different time and era, conjuring up a young man’s predilection for the Middle East. Forty-two years ago, four of my seventh grade students can be seen squinting in the bright Arabian sunshine while clinging to their soft drinks. “Cheese,” I must have blurted out as I snapped their photo between classes–four Saudi […]