“People used to adapt neutral Christmas ornaments, like stars, and hang them up for Ramadan,” recalled Ms. O’Connell, who converted to Islam in college. “I wanted to bring new traditions to Muslims living in the West.” 

Muslim Americans Strive to Bridge a Chasm, The New York Times

While it remained an abstract, political symbol to many Berliners, for those confronted daily with its physical apparatus – 155-km of concrete slabs, mesh wire fencing and barbed wire — the Wall had a very different meaning. And no one knew the intricacies of the Wall’s architecture better than the Neumanns, whose front door stood a mere 1.5 meters from the Wall for almost 30 years.

In the Shadow of the (Berlin) Wall, Slow Travel Berlin

The Hindi word ‘ghumne’ means, roughly translated, to travel—but this is where literal translation falls short: it implies wandering aimlessly, almost to promenade; to take a trip, to go for a ride, to explore without a precise goal. 

On Travel, The Caravan

When you ask for directions in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg -- a town formerly known as "Germany's first socialist city" -- residents will direct you towards places that no longer exist. "Go past the old school, turn right at the Soviet monument," they will say, pointing the rare tourist along a ghost trail of abandoned factories, street names recalling former communist heroes, former clubhouses and restaurants.

Alles Original DDR, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

It’s really about the democratization of knowledge. Thanks to mobile platforms like the Apple and Android, we’re able to access books and knowledge that wasn’t available before and create connections with people that were just not possible before. And I think one aspect of these connections is connecting with spirituality and sacred knowledge, which is where our applications come in.

Islamic iPhone Apps, The Bay Citizen

An interactive audio feature featuring people who experienced the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, as well as social workers and doctors who work with the disease now.

AIDS in SF: Then and Now, The Bay Citizen

Tucked away in a parking lot behind San Francisco's Ferry Building stands a life-sized statue of Mohandas K. Gandhi, a worldwide symbol of non-violence. Few people take notice of the Indian freedom fighter's statue, which functions as a pigeon roost, and as a storage space for cartons of heirloom tomatoes during the weekly farmer's market. But on October 2, Gandhi’s birthday, this normally inconspicuous statue became the backdrop of a protest as a group of mostly Sikh and low-caste Indians gathered to demand its removal.

The Anti-Gandhi Movement in the Bay Area, The Bay Citizen

In 2004, on the one-year anniversary of The Shooting Gallery, Marin native Giarla was arrested for selling cocaine, ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine out of the gallery. Giarla had been selling drugs to connections he had made in his nightclub days to “keep the gallery open.” Among other things, including over 100 tabs of ecstasy, the cops confiscated a handgun and bulletproof vest with nine bullets embedded in it, which turned out to be an art project, not evidence.

Justin Giarla Expands His Art Empire, The Bay Citizen

In Fremont, various methods of announcing Eid have resulted in a clash of time zones. Half of the city's mosques recently converted to a pre-fixed, scientific calendar. According to the calendar, which relies on astronomical calculations to predict the new moon, Eid will be on September 10. Other mosques, however, including the group at Don Edwards Park, continue to depend on "local moon sighting." This method relies on an elaborate network of Muslim groups across North America, which report sightings through telephone calls, websites and Twitter.

As Ramadan Ends, Muslims Look to the Moon, The Bay Citizen

For nearly half a century, Constantinos “Gus” Lukis has been waking up before dawn to fix Hyde Park’s broken soles and rundown heels. As other businesses have come and gone, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, a cramped but homey shoe repair shop now sandwiched between a stop-and-go Subway and a convenience store, has been a fixture in the neighborhood since the First World War. 

The Mayor of 57th Street, Grey City
(Winner of Best Feature Story, Illinois College Press Association)