Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

At the hotel, visitors every day

Vala grew up in the farm behind her hotel, a few miles outside of Hofn. The eastern Icelandic winds blow through here and guests wake up to a field, endless sky and snow. At reception, guests sign in or enter the breakfast room beside a portrait of…

Another world.

There are some places on earth that appear otherworldly. If you are silent and see, you can hear the echoes of lands we didn't know existed. These were taken within 30 feet of each other and within 20 minutes. How different. Eastern Iceland.…

Dancing northern lights

We stand on the side of the road in darkness, the Icelandic wind whirring in my hat and hood. It is dark, and before the guys saw aurora but now it is gone. There are some green hues behind the clouds that rolled in. We wait. Some moments later, so…

Iceland aurora by karim boukarim

Good morning, adventure!

I boarded the plane from Iceland to Germany last year exhausted, my final stop on the round-the-world journey. Two guys sat next to me. They looked exhausted, too, and carried tripods. "You photographers?" That was a year ago this month. In a few s…

Matt Hutchinson. Photo by Keith Walters

Remembering Matt: Murdered this past weekend

This is Matt Hutchinson, the SUNY Geneseo student who was murdered this past weekend at the college. I know him. Or knew him. The news is everwhere, even CNN: He was at his friend's house. The ex boyfriend came in and stabbed them before stabbing…

Miss Ethel, a full-time volunteer who herself was homeless after Katrina

Everyday and respect: Normalcy for the homeless (I work a shift)

Field reports from Biloxi, Miss.* It’s 9 a.m. and the steps to The Micah Center are full of people, waiting. It’s been unusually cold here for January, and a day since anyone could get a shower. Here, the homeless of Biloxi can get a shower, pick…

Dolores Barras

Biloxi portraits: Mary protects this house

Fifty-three years. That’s how long the Virgin Mary has protected Dolores Barras, through storms and hard times and even Hurricane Katrina. Houses flooded, graves were uprooted in the memorial cemetery and caused destruction all over Biloxi. “But Ma…

Mike Meyer at the Biloxi site where volunteers are painting

Portraits from Biloxi: Doing God's work

Mike Meyer, of Ohio, has been a volunteer construction leader with his church for the Back Bay Mission since 2001, including sleeping in a parking lot to help immediately after Katrina. He’s working with our group for the week. “My first experience…