Passports with Purpose: Help Build Libraries in Zambia

Young Kid Grabs Camera - Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

This is not a story. It's a call to action: buy a $10 ticket, get a chance to win some awesome prizes, and help out a few communities in Zambia.Over the last few of years, Passports with Purpose (PwP) has built schools in Cambodia and village houses in India. This year, PwP is headed to a new continent with a new mission: to build libraries and raise literacy in … [Read more...]

Iran: A Poem to the People

Iranian People

This is a story of a woman I met on a train in Iran and a letter she wrote to me -- a letter I now read through tears.My heart sank as I watched the news from Iran this morning, scenes of the British Embassy being charged by an angry mob in Tehran. It saddens me – angers me, really – that narrow groups like this who define the world’s perception of Iran and the … [Read more...]

Persepolis: Ancient Persia, Modern Lessons

Gate of All Nations - Persepolis, Iran

Although Persepolis is one of Iran’s top archeological and tourist sites, I was careful to keep my expectations in check before visiting. After all, what would remain of the 2,500 year-old capital of the Achaemenid Empire? Amidst crumbled columns, I found great detail that blew me away and a surprising connection to the present. … [Read more...]