Reasons for Moving

We tackled the same trail as the last week’s long run, but a bit farther. The hills seemed to have grown steeper, however. That’s the ONLY explanation why my pace was so slow! 🙂
I often recite this poem by Mark Strand when I feel tired, close to the end. I have my own reasons for running. What is yours?

Keeping Things Whole (by Mark Strand)

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.


The Only Dog Shelter in Palestine

A dog shelter in Palestine? No such thing, especially since most Arabs do not like dogs for one reason or another.
That’s what I thought, until today, when we ran across a place while slightly lost. It’s the first and the only dog shelter in the whole country. It is an amazingly clean joint, with dogs well taken care of.

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Embracing Darkness

Shot some pictures for a school outing/party today. This one was my favorite, seeing the light paint with shadows. We often try out best to avoid the darkness. Instead, we need to embrace it. Light then becomes more beautiful, more radiant, more powerful.

Imagination with No Rules

When we were kids, our imagination had no rules. It was free. It was boundless.
As we grow older, however, we clamp it down. It becomes sluggish, then rigid. It gets overshadowed by ‘real’ responsibilities.
I tell my students to see beyond the noise, painting their minds with light, rediscovering beauty that surrounds us all, that they don’t have to travel far and beyond.
This week’s assignment was to think like a child, to see a shape that looks like an animal. This student captured a cloud that looks like our school mascot, JSB Tiger. The cloud up there the whole time, but he is probably the only one who has seen it. Good job, Bashar!

Good Eggs

A couple of our hens started producing eggs last week. It’s quite ironic that the white one lays light tan eggs; the light tan hen, white eggs.
No matter what the color, it’s pretty hard to beat free range organic chicken eggs for natural rich source of protein and vitamins.