Monthly Archives: May 2012

Qalandia for kids

Terence and I both had appointments in Ramallah today and the kids were off from school so we brought them along. The day itself was great, though hot and tiring. We paid a final visit to my sister-in-law’s apartment and … Continue reading

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Hills and doves

Jerusalem is full of hills and we live on top of a particularly big one. In 1948, the monastery next door to us was a strategic point (and site of a major battle) because of its elevation. This means that … Continue reading

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Opposed ideas

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald If that’s the definition of intelligence, Jerusalem is a … Continue reading

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Now or never

I just got an email from Orbitz, asking: “Are you ready for your trip on 6/16?” We have four weeks to go in Jerusalem. It feels like yesterday I was marking four weeks here. It’s funny — people from home … Continue reading

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Poem of the day

In Jerusalem by Mahmoud Darwish Translated by Fady Joudah In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls, I walk from one epoch to another without a memory to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing the history of … Continue reading

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It never gets old

There’s a picture on our refrigerator of the girls and me walking on our first trip to the Old City, last August 20. This is where we started: sun dazed and jet lagged, jostled by crowds, overwhelmed by the sights, … Continue reading

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut

My first-ever college class was a seminar on Nationalism. On the first day, the professor asked us to go around the table: “Nationalism: thumbs up, or thumbs down?” Back in 1994, I had read every word Jane Austen wrote but … Continue reading

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