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What does it mean to thrive?

What does it mean to thrive?

January 20, 2011 No Comments

Knowing your children attend a good school.  Earning a salary that allows you to save money for the future.  Going on a summer vacation, maybe traveling abroad.  Making dinner in a cozy home with abundant choices from the grocery store, choices that allow you to be vegetarian or vegan if you wish.  Being able to […]

Stories from the Holy Land

Stories from the Holy Land

January 20, 2011 1 Comment

I’ve lived in the Holy Land for the last seven months. This is my last week in Bethlehem before I head to India for a month, so I’ve been taking care of business. My apartment is nearly packed up: a pile of donations, a pile to leave with friends and a pile to take with […]

One foot in, one foot out – a tour of a Palestinian village

One foot in, one foot out – a tour of a Palestinian village

January 10, 2011 No Comments

Today I took a walk through a friend’s village near Bethlehem. The sky was blue and spotted with clouds. It was chilly but the sun peaked through with surprising radiance. First, he (let’s call him Ahmed) showed me a 4×4 inch cement track that follows one entire length of the village, coming within yards of […]

The beginnings of Christmas in Bethlehem

The beginnings of Christmas in Bethlehem

December 6, 2010 No Comments

This week, Christmas stores have popped up throughout Bethlehem. My favorite Christmas goodies 1.  Para-gliding, blow-up Santa 2.  Mix-CD of Arabic and international Christmas tunes, homemade by the shopkeeper himself and on sale for $3. 3.  A tree that showers itself with fake snow. Christmas cheer! The city is covered in Christmas lights, from lamp […]

Remembering Home

Remembering Home

November 30, 2010 1 Comment

This year wasn’t my first Thanksgiving abroad, a holiday that is oh-so-North-American that celebrations overseas usually take on a little local flavor. In Kerala, India we were treated to curried barbeque chicken and the most delicious mashed potatoes I may ever taste. I wore a navy blue churidar to that meal. In Dublin, our Irish […]

Backpackers in Bethlehem

Backpackers in Bethlehem

November 17, 2010 No Comments

After 15 days living in Bethlehem, I hosted a couple of backpackers for the Eid holiday, Kyle and Kim. Kyle is a guy from Florida with lots of questions. He’s tall with shaggy hair and a resonating voice. He loves coffee. Kim is from Belgium. She’s quiet, short and looked gorgeous even after waking up […]

Slowly boiling olive oil, a lesson about religion and 9 hours traveling

Slowly boiling olive oil, a lesson about religion and 9 hours traveling

November 15, 2010 1 Comment

I traveled to Zababdeh, a town in northern West Bank near Jenin, to tour the local olive oil business on the anniversary of Arafat’s death.  As I traveled from Bethlehem to Zababdeh, I passed a long line of buses with Palestinian flags fluttering out the windows, all headed to a commemoration in Ramallah.  After three […]

Canned pickles and I think I feel at home

Canned pickles and I think I feel at home

November 9, 2010 1 Comment

I spent the last three days eating delicious dinners with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, debating how social justice and action fits into Buddhist ideals while sipping tea, and smoking nargileh all wrapped up in a warm blanket. It restored my sapped energy. Two weeks ago, I returned from a wonderfully hectic trip to […]

2 sq km + 28,000 people = Balata Refugee Camp

2 sq km + 28,000 people = Balata Refugee Camp

November 2, 2010 2 Comments

My friend Ayyash took me on a tour of Balata Camp, the refugee camp where he lives only minutes from downtown Nablus. Here, in 2 square kilometers, live 28,000 people, said Ayyash. He said that the unemployment rate is 70%.  Those who are employed, often work in shops inside the camp.  Most of the refugees […]

The walls are closing in

The walls are closing in

September 26, 2010 No Comments

Today I sat in an auditorium full of Nablusi’s and Internationals, all watching the film To Shoot an Elephant, about the Israeli siege on Gaza. To my right, was my friend Ayyash, an activist who lives in Balata Camp. He translated some things for me and, having seen the movie a few times before, predicted […]

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What does it mean to thrive?

Knowing your children attend a good school.  Earning a salary that allows you to save money for the future....

Stories from the Holy Land

I’ve lived in the Holy Land for the last seven months. This is my last week in Bethlehem before...

One foot in, one foot out – a tour of a Palestinian village

Today I took a walk through a friend’s village near Bethlehem. The sky was blue and spotted with clouds....