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..

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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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Abandoning Old

Our apartment is no king’s mansion, yet a lizard found its way inside, with no commotion.
It’s liked by almost no one, hated by many, but fazed it is not.
It abandons old skin, sometimes a tail, advancing forward, leaving all distractions behind.
We, on the other hand, often worry about trivial things.
We could learn a thing or two from a lizard, not looking back, skipping forward; seeking, finding, then doing.

“Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces”
(Proverbs 30:24-28)

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Mechanics drive junk

Many mechanics drive pieces of junk, although they could easily build hot rods.  Likewise, I don’t take enough pictures of my own family.  I guess it has something to do with how much I do not appreciate them as much as I should.  On the other hand, it’s hard to capture the essence of my own family members since I know them so well.  Anyway, heres a slice of Joseph’s life.  He loves creating music.  I always told him to be a doer, not an observer.  It paid off in some sense.

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Like a Rolling Stone

My instructions to the media class students was simple, yet complex – “Act like a rock band posing for a vinyl album cover.”
I don’t even know if they knew what that even meant! 🙂
They, however, have succeeded.

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Special

I took hundreds of pictures of 40+ classes at the school for last couple of weeks. It seemed to take forever since somebody “clever” in the group who wanted to be “creative,” acting out with their hand/s, making faces, or doing everything else but simply stand there and smile. All it takes one, and sure enough, a rascal in the group almost always wrecks it for everybody else, thinking he/she is special. Grrrrrr….
When one group photo out of many, like this one, turns out okay, it makes it all worth while, even though it might take up to 15 minutes and 20+ shots. It’s a good thing that I no longer use film! 🙂

This all sounds like rant, but I am grateful; learning, understanding and appreciating – being here, to serve, to see.

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Connection

I’ve been working on the senior pages for the yearbook for a week now.
I’ve handled all their submitted pictures and read all their essays.
It’s refreshing, touching and inspiring.
It reaffirms how we are different, yet the same, constantly seeking connection, collecting memories, living, dying.
We are made in His image; love, to and to be.

“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
(Genesis 1:27)

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The Belly of a Giant Snake

The Chords Bridge is one of the top engineering marvels of Jerusalem. It is beautiful from all angles. Today, however, I saw the belly of a giant snake, a symbol of someone or something with very low moral standing.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)

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