Tag: Bosnia

L is for Labor

Labor is itself worship in a world which is sacramentalized by the presence of a creating and redeeming God. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness

Learning a New Language

Ayla’s English was impeccable. Well, nearly impeccable. When we first met, someone asked her how old she was. “Twenty,” she said, without batting an eye. “Twenty?” someone else questioned. She flushed and giggled a little, realizing her mistake.  “No, twelve.” I turned to Amina,… Continue Reading “Learning a New Language”


Hospitality is certainly part of Muslim culture… It is a reminder of the importance of hospitality in understanding people and allowing them to know you. In our American culture we don’t place as high of a premium on it, and we kind of expect… Continue Reading “Hospitality”

The Texture of War

Imagine to yourself a gloomy city, all burning with brimstone and noisome pitch, full of citizens who are unable to leave it. St. Francis de Sales, in Meditation VII: Of Hell Leah and I watch a short movie about the 1991 siege on Dubrovnik.… Continue Reading “The Texture of War”

Summer Swimming

Hitting is like swimming. Once you learn the stroke, you never forget it. Stan (The Man) Musial, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1969 A baseball quote, because Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend is closing in, but the topic is swimming. I… Continue Reading “Summer Swimming”

Things I Would Have Done Differently in Bosnia

While I was in Bosnia, I began thinking of things that I would do differently next time. First, I would bring my computer.  I intentionally did not bring my computer on this trip, so I could “unplug” a little. I had my phone which… Continue Reading “Things I Would Have Done Differently in Bosnia”


Coke machines aren’t unusual — except when seen on a trail from a medieval fortification. One of my favorite days on my recent trip to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina involved a full day tour from Mostar. Our tour guide, Emir, was very knowledgable, engaging, and… Continue Reading “Počitelj”