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..

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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! 

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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.

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Wonder

Went to Tel Aviv today,
admiring the sea.
Its gentleness and power –
it keeps balance, delicately.
it’s a wonder.

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Run like Hell

I don’t listen to music too much anymore, but when I do, it’s the old stuff. such as Pink Floyd from the 70’s. The song used for this video is called, “Run Like H*ll” from their album “The Wall.”
I often run along the wall that stands between Bethlehem/Beit Jala and Jerusalem. This song seems to hum from the air when I whiz by different sections of the seperation wall. I always meant to translate that experience into a video. I never got around to it, until yesterday..

Glorious Light

See the full moon over the town of Bethlehem?
What about the glowing green mosque light on the right?
This is a view from our bedroom window at night, during the Ramadan month.
Muslim neighbors come alive at night, after fasting from dawn to dusk.
Imagine this place, full of Glorious Light always, day and night.

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Having Choices

This is a view out of our kitchen window, overlooking Aida (Arabic: مخيم عايده‎‎) Refugee Camp. The West Bank Separation Wall sits on top of the hill, out of focus.
This bird, with its nest nearby, probably never flew over to the other side.
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But it can, if it wants to.

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