Arabic 101

Sometime during the second month of my Palestinian stay, I tackled the challenge of learning the Arabic language. I was joining the Al Jaabari family every Friday for an afternoon and evening of sharing food and conversation. But I was definitely on the sidelines with the conversation. I determined to change that. I purchased aContinue reading “Arabic 101”

A Long Pause

This morning I wrote a memoir segment about visiting Nablus in northern Palestine. The last segment I wrote was about driving from Bethlehem to Nablus. That memoir piece is dated 05/30/21. It has been twenty-four days since I have written. I didn’t begin my pause with any intention. On the first day, I simply didn’tContinue reading “A Long Pause”

Hummus from an American

“You need to be ready and waiting outside at 11:00 on Friday. Bring a jacket. We’re going to a park for a family picnic.” Farouk called me early in May to prepare me for the week’s deviation from established routine. Oh, this would be fun. By May, it was definitely warming up. When I hadContinue reading “Hummus from an American”

Herodium

King Herod’s Palace. Yes, that same King Herod.  He built a palace. In fact, several palaces. A great builder of his time, Herod constructed his primary residence in Jerusalem. It was a massive structure, second in importance only to the Temple. Nothing remains today of that palace. Herod was an ambitious king who constructed numerousContinue reading “Herodium”

I Cannot Help Myself

I simply have to add this short note for the readers of my Palestinian adventures. I am having so much fun telling these stories. I’m new to writing, remember. Last evening I submitted my copy of my manuscript to publication of my first book Hawaiʻi Calling. Sometime this summer I will become a published author.Continue reading “I Cannot Help Myself”

An American Visitor

My first visit to Palestine was a three-week vacation in September 2013. Through online interaction, I had met and conversed with a Palestinian man from West Bank. Arrangements were made so that this person would be my host and guide during a short vacation. Excited about my exotic travel plans (I had never left USContinue reading “An American Visitor”

An Oasis of Humanity

“Oh my gosh! What a view!” I had not anticipated it. As I turned and gazed across the open expanse, I was looking toward the site that the Hamdan family would enjoy from their home not yet built. An open picture of southern Palestine lay below. Olive groves; small villages; open desert in numerous huesContinue reading “An Oasis of Humanity”

Fawwar, West Bank, Palestine

Fawwar is a Palestinian town near Hebron in the south of West Bank, Palestine. Established as a refugee camp in 1949, Fawwar became home to war refugees from the towns of Beersheba and Bayt Jibrin. Today Fawwar with it several thousand Palestinians is home to my sponsor family of Al Jaabari.  Fawwar sits low inContinue reading “Fawwar, West Bank, Palestine”

Palestinian Stuffed Grape Leaves

I found this recipe and guide online at a site called Arab Recipes, Your Cooking Guide. I cannot find a name associated with the account. So until I do, I simply give credit to the kind knowledgeable person who shared one of my delights from Palestine. To the adventurous reader, trust me. The time andContinue reading “Palestinian Stuffed Grape Leaves”