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)


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.


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.



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.



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)


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)


Student Pool Sharks

Played pool with a couple of students yesterday. They were beyond ordinary. Check out the light, hitting our table just right. It was extraordinary.



A boy with Gorgeous Eyes

Took over 700 pictures of 130+ kindergarteners today for the yearbook. Neither the school nor I have studio lights or a pro backdrop, so I used available sunlight and yellow decoration paper for background.
Just like many other things around here, you do whatever you gotta do with whatever you have.
This boy — Gorgeous striking eyes he has.


Training for Race

One of the hardest and the slowest long runs yesterday, barely managing through a forest. The terrain was rough and steep, riddled with puddles and pebbles.
Everything else seems manageable after a run like this, because I know that the finish line is guaranteed to be closer with each step, no matter how slow and how small.
“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)


Clouds on the Ground

A shot from our rooftop at 6:40.
All kids, at one time or another, wanted/want to bounce up in the clouds. They had that chance this morning when it snuck down to their houses.