The Other Rami

The Other Rami

Recent reports of peace activist Rami Aman’s arrest by Hamas transported me back to the story of another Rami—Rami Khader Ayyad—the operator of a Christian bookstore in Gaza (the only one in the area), who was brutally murdered by Hamas militants for his faith. On...
Flight to Freedom: Venezuelans in Exile

Flight to Freedom: Venezuelans in Exile

The heat and the humidity enveloped us like a tight embrace, even as dusk deepened. Strings of brightly colored Christmas lights shone hazily through the ocean fog that steadily rolled in from the nearby beach. A strong Caribbean wind whipped the tops of the stately...
My Visit to the Ranch in the Sky

My Visit to the Ranch in the Sky

I recently visited the Reagan Ranch, hidden in the hills of Santa Barbara.  Also known as the Rancho del Cielo and “the Western White House”, this delightfully situated property was President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy’s sanctuary away from the noise of...