Monthly Archives: January 2012

Screw your courage

We have had a string of cold, dreary January days and I’m in a winter slump. The glitter and adventure of the fall feels like a lifetime ago. I never thought I would feel like hibernating in a desert climate, … Continue reading

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Shapetown

I have been fortune to have life experiences that have given me a high bar for diversity. When we lived in London, we attended a British school with an incredibly international student body. On our first day of 5th grade … Continue reading

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Ordinary life, extraordinary place

Terence came out here last spring break to do some reconnaissance and met a friend-of-a-friend whose young daughter had grown up here. As they drove around the city, discussing the political and historical context, this five-year-old piped up from the … Continue reading

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Small pleasures

This is such an intense, larger-than-life city. I’m still trying to take pleasure in the little things, like strawberries in season in January, or the used bookstore in our neighborhood that Hannah and I went to yesterday after our weekly library … Continue reading

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The middle of the story

I went to a coffee date this week intended for “newcomers to Jerusalem.” I walked in and was greeted by an acquaintance from my book group: “Hilary! You’re not new here anymore!” I swear that I was invited. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Nabi Saleh

This post is a reminder that we’re not spending our Year in Provence or in any other normal environment. My neighborhood feels like a civilized, peaceful place, what with its espresso bars and used bookstores and gigantic park. Certainly most people who live here … Continue reading

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Trailing Spouse

I have written before about how my parents are role models for me this year. Here’s another reason: they were and are so honest about the stresses of expatriate life on a family. I vividly remember a book that sat on our shelves … Continue reading

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Merry Go Round

Jerusalem is a Merry Go Round Yehuda Amichai Jerusalem is a merry-go-round spinning and spinning from the Old City to all the neighbourhoods and back to the Old. And you can’t get off it. Whoever jumps off takes his life … Continue reading

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Family Christmas

There’s no vocabulary For love within a family, love that’s lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent. T.S. … Continue reading

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