Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Lands (or On Our Way Home)—part 1—Departure and flight

From my journal, my dispatches from the field, as I photograph internally displaced refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, plus their ancestral lands. (and as I photograph the Alternatives to Violence (AVP) trainings at least in Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ramallah, Gaza as well if I get my permit from Israel) PHOTOS (Flight) September 3, […]

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The Open Road

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. ― Jack Kerouac Inspired by a photo exhibition I recently viewed called The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip at the Detroit Institute of Arts (based on a book by Aperture with a fuller array of photos on the same theme) I will now sketch my Open […]

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With an Open Heart: photos & stories from Palestine & Israel: A providential conversation

Leaving Boston Massachusetts George Amer, baker and painter, with his painting, Jerusalem Excerpts from my journal as I examine and portray the troubles in the Levant March 23, 2012, Friday, Bethlehem Over Newark New Jersey I sit in my kitchen, in my apartment, in my home, morning sun streaming in, writing. One large space punctuated […]

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With an Open Heart: Eyewitness to the Levant—Skip Schiel’s next journey to Palestine/Israel

Gaza, 2010 I have followed Skip’s activities through his email newsletter which has kept me up to date through the personal contacts he has made with peacemakers. From living [myself] in a situation of violence and change in South Africa I know how valuable it is to have the kind of support he is offering […]

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Spreading images of Palestine & Israel to the West Coast of the United States—A Travel Journal—12

Inside this new love, die. Inside this new love, die. Your way begins on the other side. Become the sky Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color, Do it now. You’re covered with thick cloud. Slide out the side. Die, and be quiet. Quietness is the […]

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Spreading images of Palestine & Israel to the West Coast of the United States—A Travel Journal—11

Voluptuousness Tender lovers, bravely face your suffering. The god who gives you these bonds, Must come to your aid in the end; The least favor That love provides Is able to atone for the troubles that he makes us suffer. Far from this place, sad wisdom, Should one forbid youth Forming these delightful bonds? What […]

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Spreading images of Palestine & Israel to the West Coast of the United States—A Travel Journal—10

The method of conferring the precepts is what Tendai called “imposed poison,” which is the active conferring of precepts to unwilling recipients. It benefits recipients by provoking anger in their hearts and minds, eliciting from them verbal abuse as well as aggression with swords, knives, and sticks. This act sows the seed of Buddhahood, which […]

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