2017 JSB Staff

The summer break has come and gone. This week was busy participating and capturing photos/videos of the Teacher Orientation at the school where I volunteer, as a media guru and a teacher, and where our kids attend – Jerusalem School of Bethlehem (JSB).
This is a shot of the whole staff on the last day. But wait! If I am in the picture, who took the photo?
Was the camera on the tripod and activated with a remote? No.
Was a drone used? No.
Well, then how? Any guesses?
I left a hint for sharp-eyed observers! 

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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..