Monthly Archives: November 2011

Anniversary

This is a season of anniversaries in our family: Terence and I celebrate 7 years tomorrow. My in-laws and my sister’s in-laws both celebrated 45 years today. My parents will celebrate 42 years on December 6. It’s also thanksgiving season, … Continue reading

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Race Pace

I rowed crew in high school. I only did the sport for a few years, but ended up with a lifetime of metaphor material. Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept of pace. In rowing, you (or your coxswain, stroke … Continue reading

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Three months

We arrived in Jerusalem exactly three months ago. Incredibly, I’m nostalgic for those hazy, crazy first days.┬áSince this photo was taken, Hannah has lost another tooth (and her amazing purple hat). Margaret’s hair is much longer now, flopping in her … Continue reading

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Communities

“But do you have a community?” the woman asked me, concerned. I was in a get-to-know-you conversation on the playground and my interlocutor was clearly trying to “get” our family. Consulate? Nope. NGO? Nope. Jewish? Nope. University? Kind of. I … Continue reading

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Up on the roof

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is an overwhelming place, where some overwhelming events are said to have occurred: Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the place is always packed with Christian pilgrims … Continue reading

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Nothing doing on Shabbat

I have a love/hate relationship with Shabbat, the weekly day of rest when almost all of West Jerusalem shuts down tight. I love the calm and quiet, the way the traffic changes from honking cars to families walking to shul … Continue reading

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Change in seasons

The first real rain of the year is a milestone in Israel, usually coinciding with the end of the holiday season (though we got lucky with two extra weeks of sun this year). After the first rain, farmers harvest olives. … Continue reading

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