Monthly Archives: October 2011

Just tell me what to do

One of the big blessings of our year is the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, which allows teachers from the US and around the world to do action research abroad. Terence and I are both amazed and grateful that the … Continue reading

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Clingy

This was supposed to be a post celebrating a milestone: Terence and I went away for a night without the kids! He had a Fulbright orientation trip to the Negev Desert which looked like a great opportunity to finally get … Continue reading

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Lots to learn

Here is an exchange I’m only gradually getting used to: “What do you do?” “I’m a stay at home mom.” To be fair, this answer has its benefits, especially when it comes to getting security clearance in Israel. Terence and … Continue reading

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Honorable divorce

Last week I went on a study tour of East Jerusalem with Ir Amim: “Ir Amim seeks to render Jerusalem a more viable and equitable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it.  Ir Amim envisions a city that ensures … Continue reading

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Noticing Things

My sister has an evening ritual with her children, the Noticing Things walk, in which they appreciate (extra)ordinary things in their neighborhood. An airplane in the sky.  A hollowed out tree trunk. A surprise heart. I so admire this tradition, … Continue reading

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Homesick

Homesick is an appropriate word. To me it feels like nausea, or labor contractions. You can sense the feeling approaching from a ways away, and yet it strikes fresh each time. I’ve had some major bouts with homesickness in my … Continue reading

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October Beaches

When I’m zoning out or trying to fall asleep, sometimes I like to dial the calendar back in my head, trying to remember what I was doing one month ago, one year ago, etc. Memory is a funny thing. I … Continue reading

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Identity Formation

Here is how it happens. Margaret, age 3, sees another little girl in the park and begins to talk to herself: “What language does that girl speak? Hebrew or Arabic? That’s OK. That’s OK she speak different language.” (This year … Continue reading

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This Old Man

We were at a party last night, talking about Jerusalem with a new friend who loves the city. “But you have to appreciate Jerusalem’s flaws, its brokenness. It’s like falling in love with an old man, and loving his baldness … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

It is the holiest day of the year in Jerusalem and the city has totally shut down. Cable stations are dark. Nothing is moving on the roads and the airport is closed. It is gloriously sunny and peaceful. Our neighborhood … Continue reading

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