Monthly Archives: February 2012

Caeserea

We took a Presidents’ Day trip to Caeserea, Herod the Great’s city by the sea. For some reason my head wasn’t really in the tourist game that day. I got the gist of the place: Romans, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Muslims, … Continue reading

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Critical distance

Last week’s trip to Europe was an opportunity to take stock of our sabbatical experiences and my reaction to those experiences. One thing I saw —¬†and felt — was the immense effort I have expended on holding this place at … Continue reading

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Perspective

Leaving the region for the first time in nearly six months definitely gave me perspective. I’m still sorting it all out, but here are some impressions of Jerusalem seen from Western Europe, and some impressions of myself at this midpoint … Continue reading

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Rococo Reboot

I’ve just returned from three days and four nights in the Bavarian and Austrian countryside. I flew to Munich and met up with my father who was there on business. What a joy to spend uninterrupted time with my father, … Continue reading

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A day out

Israel is the size of New Jersey but it often feels bigger to us, a car-less family with curious and thus slow-moving young children. Political divisions, walls and checkpoints also have a way of slicing and dicing the land, making … Continue reading

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