10 Aug, 2017

I Always Wanted To…

August 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

...visit the Montfort Castle in northern Israel. As my contribution to the Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop, I'm sharing how I finally did so because I have found [...]

19 Jul, 2017

My Book and I in Jerusalem

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

My book and I just had the great fortune of spending time in Jerusalem. For me it was an "again," and, while my book per se had not been to [...]

1 May, 2017

Jerusalem: Beit Nechemia

May 1st, 2017|Tags: , |

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day Israel remembers its fallen soldiers. As the mother of two IDF soldiers (My daughter wrapped up her service last year; my son is still [...]

16 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Israel – At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 16th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In time for Easter, my essay "At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre" appeared on Jerusalem Moments. With it, I thought I'd share a few photos from and around this [...]

28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself

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St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt Always, always, I have wanted to see the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Marsaba and St. George, built into the cliffs of the Judean Hills. But [...]

29 Dec, 2015

The Best of Jerusalem 2015

December 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

To summarize my stay in Jerusalem this summer in one blog post? It's a tall order, but here goes. We spent an inordinate amount of time on an exceedingly hot [...]

12 Aug, 2015

Shuk Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem

August 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Any market is a feast for the eyes, and a shuk (= Middle Eastern market, pronounced "shook") is especially so. It is also a photographer's paradise. All those colors, shapes, [...]

2 Aug, 2015

Jerusalem Street Library

August 2nd, 2015|Tags: , |

While walking to my Ulpan (Hebrew school) in Jerusalem this morning, I passed by this street library set up in an old bus station. Of course I was immediately charmed [...]

27 Mar, 2015

Sunrise @ Masada

March 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Escapism is in order! I have been frustrated and uninspired after months of querying and not finding a home for my memoir manuscript. In addition, one obligation is following another, [...]

26 Feb, 2015

Dreaming of a Turkish Bath House

February 26th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Blame it on the cold winter we are having in Chicago, but I am dreaming of the Turkish Bath House in Akko, Israel. The place itself is a dream, because [...]

13 Feb, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Israel: Zohar Stronghold

February 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

The cold is getting to me (Chicago's high is 17F today), so it's time for memories of warmer days and an entirely different landscape than winter's bleak outside. I haven't [...]

28 Dec, 2014

Sunday Sentence

December 28th, 2014|Tags: , |

I just arrived in Jerusalem, and while I don't have much time to blog, I wanted to share a #SundaySentence from this brilliant book I've been reading since my arrival in Israel: [...]

13 Nov, 2014

When Past and Present Evil Collide

November 13th, 2014|Tags: , |

Dalya Lemkus - May soon her family be able to look at her picture without crying. Sometimes all I can do to come to grips with a terrible event is to write [...]

25 Sep, 2014

Wandering the Streets of Akko

September 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, so I thought I'd share another glimpse of Israel, from a day trip my daughter and I took to Akko in July. [...]

25 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Street Scenes

August 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Since I'm still preoccupied with my daughter being in Israel, I thought I'd share some of my photos taken while walking around or sitting in cafés in Tel Aviv, providing [...]

21 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

August 21st, 2014|Tags: , |

Tel Aviv is on my mind right now as my daughter is enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces today. When this post appears, she is already in her uniform. I've [...]

29 Jul, 2014

Tel Aviv Journal: Life with Air Raids

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 My super short video of air raid sirens in Tel Aviv on July 12, 2014 I've been home in Chicago now for a while but I kept a journal [...]

10 Jul, 2014

Sirens over Tel Aviv

July 10th, 2014|Tags: , |

This is the Tel Aviv building where we are currently staying on the top floor - the penthouse is set back so you can't see it from the street, plus it's rather [...]

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