Ric’s Blog/ Micro Memories

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”

Palestinian Cooking 101

On one Friday in April, I arrived at the Al Jaabari home amid a flurry of activity. The weather had warmed and spring was in bloom. I was ushered left, not right, through the dining room. Family was gathering outdoors in the square courtyard, a space perhaps twenty-five feet square. High concrete walls on allContinue reading “Palestinian Cooking 101”

Israeli Settlements

Dominate Discussion at Dinner Noor turned toward me where I was seated at the end of the table, a place of honor for a guest at the family dinner.  As Noor spoke in English, the din of family conversation hushed. Everyone showed respect and listened to the family’s niece. “Mr. Ric, let me tell youContinue reading “Israeli Settlements”

Family Meal

West Bank–Fawwar, 2014 Noise in the front doorway, sounds of cars passing on the street. Holy Day prayer service had ended and more guests had arrived for weekly family gathering.  I was introduced to Farouk’s sister Miriam and her husband Fahim. Three young women extended hasty greetings and then disappeared into the kitchen to assistContinue reading “Family Meal”

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