The Greatest Show on Earth

By Joanna Chen It’s hard to miss the American and Israeli flags flying on the main highway that connects Jerusalem …

The Day the Lights Went Out

By Joanna Chen Nothing much happens in the quiet village where I live in the Ella Valley of Israel. In …

The Grammar of Peace

By Joanna Chen I don’t support rallies for peace and I don’t belong to any peace organizations. Working in the …

Swans and Seagulls

By Joanna Chen It’s raining on our first morning in Ireland but my daughter and I struggle into Dublin city …

Uprooting

By Joanna Chen The last time I drove up this hill on the outskirts of Jerusalem was just over five …

Finding Home in an Arabic Class in Israel

By Joanna Chen I’m sitting in my studio at The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts in Amherst, writing about …

When a Tree Falls

By Joanna Chen I land in Dulles Airport after a blizzard. A thick layer of snow covers the Lincoln Memorial; …