Tag Archives: Changing opinions

“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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“We Lay Aside Preconceived Ideas and Listen”

Ann Gaylia O’Barr, author, commenting on “Living Stones” wrote in a note to me: “I know that living and working in the Middle East certainly changed my perspective about Americans and our relationships there.” You can’t visit the people of … Continue reading

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“To Loosen The Chains Of Injustice”

Sometimes in reading you stumble on nuggets of wisdom like this one from George MacDonald, 1875, in his “The Fisherman’s Lady, ” page 114:  “…it’s the business of every man, where he can, to loosen the chains of injustice and … Continue reading

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Shoah, Nakba and Re-writing History

Catastrophe or “Shoah” in Hebrew refers in Israel to the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, the   systematic extermination of six million Jewish people during WWII.  The preserved death camps, Auschwitz and others lie in silent evidence of the horror of that … Continue reading

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The Tension Grows

The good news—he still has a job.  The bad news—he hasn’t been paid now for three months.  Our Palestinian friend had introduced us proudly to a family in their new house last summer.  (The old one, an adjacent pile of … Continue reading

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Behold the Duck

swimming gracefully on the placid water, trailing behind a gentle wake in the morning sunshine.  Beautiful, peaceful he glides, showing his Mallard colors.  It looks effortless.  But only because we don’t see the sometimes furious paddling below the surface.  Let’s … Continue reading

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The Good Ol’ Days

were better some say, when gasoline in the U.S. sold for 19 cents per gallon and we didn’t fight any wars.  In the 1950’s.  On the other hand, we had our intercontinental ballistic missiles with hydrogen bomb warheads pointed at … Continue reading

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