Enchiladas

As I am sure you all know, I am a very big nerd. In my generation this is not a derogatory term but an identity one can wear with honor. I appreciate knowing–nothing in particular mind you, I just love learning about pretty much anything. The internet is a helpful resource, and a dangerous addiction…

Tisha B’av

“Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”  Matthew…

Cloud Watching

There are few more underrated pleasures in this world than the free God-given delight of laying under a tree and cloud watching. It’s equally perfect both alone or with a spotting buddy and when done in Jerusalem its almost miraculous. I had been laying in this park for about an hour and a half switching…

Two Birthdays and a Group of French Pilgrims

In Israel you get two birthdays. There is your Gregorian calendar birthday and your Hebrew calendar birthday, and both appear on your ID card. Everyone celebrates both, and every 19 years the two fall on the same day. Perhaps another key to Jewish resilience is their propensity to party: one birthday is simply not enough….

Something Good

When I was little my most favorite movie in the entire world was “The Sound of Music” staring Julie Andrews and the dreamy Christopher Plummer. I used to call it “Seven Children” after the moment Maria learns she is to be a governess of such a number and exclaims back to the reverend mother in…

An Abundance of Catholics

So I did a thing… One of the projects I have been working on here with the Philos Project, concluded last week in Jerusalem. The project was a small 70 person conference on “Catholic Approaches to the Land & State of Israel,” and it finally happened! ​It truly was near heavenly. The conference went remarkably…

The New Digs

I’ve been in my new apartment for five days now, and it’s still pretty wonderful. I took myself for a little walk this morning around my neighborhood and got my bearings. I haven’t been venturing out much due to the heat and my lingering illness but there is still plenty of time ahead of me….

When it Stops Being Beautiful 

The heat of the day had already come and it was only 9am. “What you want?” An old Russian woman barked as I tried to get directions to the clinic. “It no here!” Her scowl intensified. Ok, well Google said it was here, but ‘shalom’ to you too lady.  “Bus 5! Go to bus 5!”…

Lunch in Nazareth

“Eat eat eat!” Georgie handed me a box full of fresh cut, ice-cold watermelon. I took a polite American bite, but he encouraged me on. “Sit! Eat!” Oh, thats right– I took several more pieces and slurped up the wet red meat. The juices ran down my arm and leaked out of the corners of…

The Season of “Lasts”

Thats it! We’ve done it: one Bachelor of Arts Degree, two majors, three persons of the trinity, and four days until I leave for Israel! The past few weeks have been the season of “lasts.” Taking my last final, sitting through my last lecture, writing my last paper–(passed my Senior Thesis by the way!) and…