Moon Phases
Memories, Observations, Reflection

Moonrise Over the Jordan

Something happened a week ago, a moment that happens as if it were imagined and is remembered as if it’s always happening but fading away.  We left the by-pass road that runs between The Scent and The Holy --Jericho and Jerusalem—and rose upon the backs of naked, blushing hills. We stopped at a hillock marked… Continue reading Moonrise Over the Jordan

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Humor, Narrative, Observations, Quirky

Playing John Cena: Taybeh & Ramallah

My first encounter with the 'Cenation' phenomena was at the Steil Boys & Girls Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At that time I was their half-competent volunteer coordinator, loitering in the games-room.  One of the other staff introduced me as “Mr. John” and some junior high geniuses quipped “John Cena?” A nine-year-old’s war cry rang… Continue reading Playing John Cena: Taybeh & Ramallah

Narrative, Observations, Reflection

A Bridge and a Baptism

I was in the footsteps of Mary & Joseph, pacing along Star Street to my favorite barber. His shop is nestled into an alcove on that fateful street in the antique narrows of Bethlehem. I greeted him in simple Arabic (“مرحباً” ) and he welcomed me to his chair.                 Why do you not have… Continue reading A Bridge and a Baptism