I drooled over a video drone ever since it came out, but it was more in the category of a “want” vs a “need.” Besides, there was no budget for it.
However, when it was on sale for 20% off, I just could not resist. I am a sucker for good deals. 🙂
So.. here I am, paying for it in 12 installments, but it was worth every penny. The production value of the videos I’ve been working on shot up skywards (pun intended)!
Here’s the latest short piece, showing what Palestinians do every fall. There even is an “Olive Picking” holiday here. Schools shut down and businesses close, for a day of picking fruits from trees their grandparents planted.
There are basically three kinds of “fast food” in Palestine; falafel, shawarma, and kabobs. My favorite? Kabobs; and there is no street vendor who does it better than Omar and his son at the Dheisheh Refugee Camp. You get two sticks of beef/chicken stuffed in a fresh pita bread with chopped vegetables and creamy and/or hot sauce just for seven shekels (around $2)! They open only for lunch hours and usually sell out before 2 p.m.!
Here’s the first episode of “This is The Holy Land” series. This is also my first edit with Davinci Resolve 15 using 2017 Razer Blade. My 2013 Macbook chokes with 4K footage from the DJI Air drone and from Panasonic GH5. The Nvidia 1060 in Razer seems to cut through the calculation intensive bitrate footage like a hot knife through butter!
I could not figure out how to enlarge the color correction window, so I just rushed through it. The colors on some shots are not that great. I just wanted to get it done at the end! 🙂
We have been back ‘home,’ here at Bethlehem/Beit Jala, for a week now. Jonathan and I are back-to-school again. This would be our 5th semester here at the Jerusalem School of Bethlehem.
It didn’t’ seem that long ago when we landed in Tel Aviv->Ramallah six years ago, leaving everything behind, other than whatever we should jam into six suitcases.
It has been a wild ride. We are grateful for people who supported/support us, and we pray for who do not understand us. What is popular is often not-so-good and what is good is often not very popular.
October 31, 1991, was the snowiest Halloween Day ever recorded in the Twin Cities area. People had no business driving that day. 22 people were killed, and over 100 injured.
My mother was one of them.
She was delivering hot meals to the elders in need, because hunger doesn’t take a break.
She was just that kind of a person, always thinking about others before herself. She didn’t have to try. It was simply who she was.
She was heavily involved with voluntary work in the area, putting in many hours for different organizations. There was either glory or recognition in that, but the joy from within, was enough.
Our family was a caretaker for the Hay Lake School and Erickson Log Home Museum, Scandia, right across the street from our house.
Memorial benches, dedicated to our mother, was erected between two buildings shortly after her death, by friends and family. She touched many around her, way more than she realized.
After more than 25 years of harsh Minnesota winters, it was time for a makeover – new beams! With a little maintenance, they should be good for another 25 easily!
We all die, but we really don’t. We raise our children to be better and bigger than ourselves. She has not succeeded yet, but she will. She will..
We dropped Joseph off at St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN, yesterday. We gave him a typical parent speech – study hard, don’t get hooked on energy drinks, hang out with good kids, cut back on video games, etc.
He didn’t have the best or the latest toys when he was growing up in four different countries, but he understands that humanity is about community, not things. The college should simply be an extension of what he learned.
We have high hopes for him – to learn, to grow, to make a difference.
Go, stride with zeal, Joseph!
It’s our last week here in Minnesota.
The kids and I swung by my childhood hometown, Scandia, today. Meister’s Bar and Grill was still there, serving great burgers just as always. They added a few more items to the menu since, including this giant burger loaded with TWO pounds certified Hereford beef burger, a bunch of melted American cheese, fried cheese curds and onion rings.
None of us tried to eat it within 30 minutes for a free t-shirt. We just split it 3-ways and filled ourselves with enough protein for the next couple of days! 🙂
Whenever we visit my brother Peter at Forest Lake, where we attended high school, he yanks Joseph and Jonathan away from their laptops and brings them to great Minnesota outdoors. Yesterday was no exception. Here we are at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, Stacy, just north of Forest Lake. It’s over 20,000 acres of outdoor heaven!
We are now back in Minnesota! We didn’t want Iowa to feel left out, so we stopped at an Amish town on the way here. Ever so curious, I asked one of the store attendants how some types of furniture were made without power tools. The answer was surprising – they cannot use electrical tools, but they DO use pneumatic tools, powered by compressed air generated by diesel engines! I found it somewhat confusing and wondered how these cows were welded.