What’s it like to live through a 9.0 earthquake?

American Jason W. Long moved to Japan to teach English in 2005. Earthquakes are a common occurrence in his part of the country, so Long is accustomed to feeling the ground shake. What he wasn’t expecting was the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The tsunami did not make it as far … Continue reading

In wake of brutal murder, a nonprofit is born

Liona Lovings, now 52, grew up in the town of Pearl Lagoon, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua near Bluefields. Nicaragua is currently the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean coast is a particularly difficult part of the country to live in — it’s largely jungle, and is even poorer than the rest … Continue reading

What’s it like to be a Mormon missionary?

Mormonism has been making headlines lately: Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney’s U.S. presidential campaigns, Warren Jeffs’ trial and sentencing for sexual assault of two underage girls, and “The Book of Mormon” Broadway musical, to name a few. But what’s it really like to be a Mormon? Rolf Straubhaar was raised in the Church of Jesus … Continue reading

Booze, prostitutes, and Chinese thugs: A day in the life of a rural Czech villager

Jan grew up in a tiny village south of Prague in the Czech Republic. He lived the village lifestyle until his early 20s, helping his dad garden and care for cows, chickens, rabbits, and pigs on their family farm. But he wasn’t satisfied, so at 22 he moved to Prague to work in sales, and … Continue reading

So, astronaut Mike Good, what’s it like to go into space?

NASA launched the final mission of the space shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011, bringing an end to the American space flight program. So what’s it actually like to go into space? Here, astronaut Mike Good shares his answer to this question. Good has gone on two space shuttle missions on Atlantis. On the first, in … Continue reading

Dinnertime on Little Corn Island

On a trip around Central America in 2005, Leila Kalmbach spent time on Little Corn Island, a dot of land just over 1 square mile off Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast. The island is only accessible by a half-hour boat ride from Big Corn Island, and at the time only half the island had electricity, so it … Continue reading