30 Reasons to Travel: Photographs and Reflections from Southeast Asia is a book I self-published in 2008. It features some of my very early work as a photographer. One can order it either directly from the publisher or, for a signed copy mailed to U.S. addresses, by sending me a message. Signed copies, including postage, are $30.
"A Cup of Coffee and a Soft Chair" recounts an emotionally-charged evening sitting at an Istanbul Starbucks on the eve of my return home, having just finished a 14-month overland journey from Beijing. (October 14, 2010)
In "Into the Heart of India's Punjab" I wander Amritsar, India, a holy city where I discover that one has a better chance of seeing Pamela Anderson nude than finding pepperonis on a pizza. (February 2009)
The Best Travel Writing 2008: True Stories from Around the World, includes my story "Red Lights and a Rose", which is set in one of Bangkok's red light districts and considers the question What is Paradise? It was awarded Grand Prize, Best Travel Story of Year in the Second Annual Solas Awards. The complete story can be read at this link. (2008)
"On this trip to Egypt, the beggars were the ones who gave" is a short story about two Egyptian boys I met outside a Hardee's fast food restaurant in Cairo's Tahrir Square at one o'clock in the morning. (August 3, 2007)
"Two young girls and a book made the trip memorable" is a short story about two young Egyptian girls I met in Luxor while on my way to read a few more pages of Fyodor Dostoevsky's book The Brothers Karamazov. (May 25, 2007)
Encounters with the Middle East: True Stories of People and Culture that Help You Understand the Region includes my story "Half-truths and Olive Trees", about a group of people rebuilding a demolished Palestinian home on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (2007)
"The Return of the Suriani", the cover story for the March 2006 issue of Touchstone magazine, is about my visit to a Christian minority in southeastern Turkey. The story was awarded first place in the category "Feature Article: Ecumenical Magazine" at the 2006 Associated Church Press awards. (March 2006)