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Writing at the intersection of
culture, mass media and memoir.


AP Essay: Of a plane still missing, and a planet still vast

In MH370 search, seeking some answers for those families left behind — and for the rest of us.
Philippine Star Link to Story

I See by Your Outfit That You Are a Cowboy

The national costume of America. What on Earth could that be?
Human Parts at Medium Link to Story

Home and Away

10 steps to happiness learned during an intermittent life abroad.
Wanderlust Magazine -- Thailand Link to Story

China's West Province Is a World Apart

Xinjiang is divided from the country by language, religion, philosophy and tradition. And, Beijing fears, one ethnic group is tied to terrorism.
The Los Angeles Times Link to Story

At Kabul airport, tentative signs of life amid the desolation and danger of Afghanistan

The international terminal is a cavern of desolation, guarded by a little man with a big gun. The air traffic control center, antique even by Afghan standards, is useless without the powerful radio that someone spirited away during the U.S. bombardment. two consoles, some broken windows and a bed with a wrinkled pillow -- looks out upon still more misery a cratered runway and grass-lined perimeter, all studded with land mines from violent yesterdays.
The Standard-Times Link to Story

Shipping Boxes Part of Kabul Scene

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ He has kept shop inside its metal walls for six years now, peddling his bright bolts of cotton and nylon every day through three governments and more bullets and bloodshed than he cares to remember. There is no electricity in Shah Aga's store. But security, durability and mobility are present in abundance.
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Sweet Past, Sour Future for China's 'Patriotic' Cabbage

To the Chinese capital, the dawn of November long meant one thing -- the invasion of winter cabbage, the government-subsidized, not-too-tasty "patriotic vegetable" that sustained the masses through the icy months. Rickety trucks from one-horse towns streamed into the city, laden with heads of da baicai -- big cabbage, known to most Americans as nappa cabbage.
The Los Angeles Times Link to Story

Chopstick Use Linked To Arthritis

At table No. 6, a man and woman deftly snag the last kernels of corn from the plate. Nearby, a businessman lifts a clump of noodles mouthward. Niu Ming, a tiny waitress with an enormous smile, makes a rapid scissors motion with her right hand as she watches them. "Chopsticks make your hands stronger and build your muscles," says Niu, on duty at the Old Gedou Sichuan Specialties Restaurant, which serves the peppery cuisine typical of this region of western China, known to Americans as Szechwan.
CBS News Link to Story

Slain cameraman covered world's trouble spots with compassion

Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Sierra Leone: He'd go on a moment's notice, video camera at the ready, documenting the violence that humans do unto each other and demanding, with image after image, that the world pay attention. And until this week, Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora always came back.
Athens Banner-Herald Link to Story

Change comes as promised, but what does it mean?

Decades ago, a joke about the country's 34th president went like this: Did you hear about the new Eisenhower doll? Wind it up and it stands still for eight years. Not so Barack Obama. Today, such a joke would probably involve references to caffeine, hundred-yard dashes and the fast-forward button.
San Diego Union-Tribune Link to Story

Saddam Video Said Shot When Baghdad Fell

DOHA, Qatar - Saddam Hussein resurfaced Friday in image and in voice, waving to enthusiastic crowds on a video reportedly shot as American forces overran Baghdad and addressing his people in a tape recording that crackled with quiet defiance. The twin electronic appearances deepened the mystery surrounding the fate of the elusive Iraqi president, who was believed to be either dead, in hiding or on the run.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Iraq beheadings: Gruesome medium becomes a loud message -- for West and Islamic world

For centuries it has been one of humanity's most graphic gruesome ways to end a life: Sever the head, home to thoughts dreams and that most personal of features -- the face. Decapitation by hand with sword or knife smacks of ugly yesterdays -- things the West prefers to think it has left behind. "What they do is behead Americans so they can get on the TV screens" President Bush said Thursday.
The Standard-Times Link to Story



I tell stories. Stories about you and me and us, about our country and our world and the strange and meaningful tapestry of human experience. I tell stories about things that connect with each other unexpectedly, and about how the most insignificant details in our surroundings can, when poked at, turn out to mean everything. Once I wrote an entire book about a single song.

I do other things, too. Right now I am the director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, working on all kinds of interesting new things at the intersection of storytelling and new media. As a leader in AP's news operation for 15 years and a correspondent for 10 more before that, I have tried to bring an unerring sense of storytelling — in any form, in any fashion, on any platform — into our journalism as our industry changes fundamentally and shifts onto exciting and disruptive new platforms. Along the way, I teach and train and mentor and speak about journalism and why it must remain a fundamental and relevant part of the world during an uncertain era.

I also take photographs. See some of them on Instagram by clicking the link in this section, and more of them here.