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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 […]

Postcard From Palestine

Postcard From Palestine

December 19, 2010 No Comments

Published in The Nation Christopher Hayes | October 14, 2010 Hebron The first thing you notice when you drive into Hebron is the lack of cars. Since 1997 this second-largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, the only one with an Israeli settlement in its midst, has been formally divided. Within the Israeli section, which […]

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 […]

Olive oil soap: how it’s made and why it’s great

Olive oil soap: how it’s made and why it’s great

November 16, 2010 2 Comments

Ever wonder how olives are turned into olive oil soap, or olive oil for that matter?  Watch this video for a quick tour of an olive oil press and an olive oil soap factory in a small town in northern West Bank. If you live in Chicago, visit the Fair Trade Bazaar at Lake View […]

An architectural tour of the Old City in Nablus

An architectural tour of the Old City in Nablus

November 7, 2010 3 Comments

BY: AMJAD M. DWIKAT Amjad is a mechanical engineering student at An Najah University.  This is the first solo video project for Amjad, who is hoping to combine his engineering work with his interests in the media and the environment.  He plans to continue his education after a few years of work.

Top 10 Middle East Travel Tips

Top 10 Middle East Travel Tips

November 1, 2010 3 Comments

During a trip to Jordan and Egypt this past month, I remembered a few tips that make traveling, especially in developing countries, much easier. 10. Learn some of the local language. “Hi, how are you,” are a great start.  Knowing numbers and how to say “where is” will prove abundantly useful. 9.  Be ready for […]

Nablus: 3 months in 3 minutes

Nablus: 3 months in 3 minutes

October 30, 2010 3 Comments

Warm, gooey kunafeh, an expansive new university campus and a vibrant Old City.

Zababdeh in Photos

Zababdeh in Photos

October 3, 2010 No Comments

I spent many Sundays in Zababdeh since July 2010, celebrating with Fr. Firas and his congregation at St. George Melkite Church.  Though the services were in Arabic, a few things were still familiar: the rhythm of prayers, the passing of peace and the children staying occupied by giggling and playing games in the back of […]

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CPTnet Digest 20 January 2011 Mr. Don Smith, CEO Combined Systems Inc. 388 Kinsman Rd. Jamestown, PA 16134 Dear...

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....