Crescent Moon and Venus

Six in the morning; a walk back from the gym, greeted by the crescent moon and Venus over Bethlehem.
It’s a great way to start a day, with grueling sets out of the way; knowing that only the brighter hours lie ahead.




The long weekend assignment for my Yearbook/Photography students was to replicate either a famous photo/painting or a snapshot of their childhood. These are some of the results, shot with their cellphones. Their creativity do not disappoint. They surprise me; they touch me.

replicate copy

Locally Ugly

It has been awhile since I jogged outside, breathing in the crisp morning air.
If you concentrate, you can savor the scent of limestones and olive trees, subtly; you really can.
Many locals do not consider this landscape beautiful, but it really is.


Class of JSB 2018, half of them

This is my favorite shot out of hundreds of “back to the school” pictures taken this week. It might be due to the hue of complementary colors, but most likely, it’s the content.
They are the half of the senior class. I got to know them pretty well, teaching them history last year. It was not easy, but rewarding.
These young men and women come from very different backgrounds than typical American kids. They all have unique stories to tell. There is no doubt that they are going to succeed in life, both in spirit and character.


1973 Dodge Dart Sport 340 4-barrel

Was sorting through some very old pictures and came across this – my FIRST car! – ’73 Dodge Dart Sport 340. I bought it when I was 15, with the money I saved up trapping . It was loud, and it got lousy gas mileage; but it was cool, it was fun. It was my baby. 🙂


Trump Wall Bethlehem

A new graffiti art on the Israel / Bethlehem Barrier wall, about a mile from our apartment. The caption of the second picture reads, “I’m going to build you a brother…”
Is it political or artistic? A lot of both I guess, mixed with a bit of humor.



A man at Hebron

We met an interesting man this afternoon at Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank.
As you can tell by his eyes, he had many stories to tell.
For starters, he has 22 children..


Walking without destination

Sonnie and I often go for walks, with no particular destination in mind, letting the Spirit guide us. We almost always have interesting encounters.
We ran across these boys near the town of Al-Khader (Arabic: الخضر‎‎), a village a few miles from our place.
I wonder what their dreams are, what they hope for.
I will have a chance to ask someday, especially when I get better in Arabic! 


Vegetable shops

These are some of the men who work at vegetable shops in Dheisheh Refugee Camp (Arabic: مخيم الدهيشة) next to Bethlehem. We get our fruits and vegetables, by the boxes, weekly there. (in season this month – 50 lbs of onions for 30 shekels/$8.30!)
They were having lunch when we stopped by.
Of course, they would not let us leave unless we ate with them first, hungry or not! 🙂
Someday, I will make a video of top 10 things we both love and dislike about Palestine. You can take a very good guess which category an experience like this one, which is very common here, belongs to.