Twenty Years

Political Violence (part 1) It took place in an off-the-beaten path classroom, not a modern lecture hall. We were maybe 30 students, and the few times we had met before – maybe it was two? Three? – we had already covered some ‘basics’: what peacebuilding is, Rwanda, a bit of Bosnia. When I registered for... Continue Reading →

United States of YAY!

Aside from being a seemingly social paradise, Australia can now boast a stronger dollar than the United States: Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out how to get an hour's flight away to Sydney without running out of U.S. of Yay cash. Oh, how the tables have turned. Here's to 2011.

On citizenship, mistakes and boobs.

Today started out with traveling (yes, it felt like traveling) over to East Jerusalem to arrive at the American Consulate to report my 1/3 American son's birth and apply for a passport for him. Well, almost 1/3 American. Apparently there was a chunk of the application process which I missed: proof I've lived stateside for... Continue Reading →

Bigger.

I just returned from a week in the States. Flew out for work, but I wasn't going to let an opportunity like that go by without doing some shopping. What kind of Israeli would I be? What kind of woman would I be? And most importantly, what kind of pregnant Israeli woman - who doesn't... Continue Reading →

For purple mountain majesties…

The following are 1/10 the amount of photos I took in the last 48 hours I've been in Colorado visiting family. It was hard to pick out just ten, and even that is a ridiculous amount to post. But guess what? The Colorado Rockies are breathtaking and I'm a country girl now. Ok, the Judean... Continue Reading →

What exactly is a 'happy' Memorial Day?

Can a Memorial Day be happy? Isn't the essence of the concept to reflect, to introspect, to national-spect? I find that with national-specting comes a bit of shame, a dash of pride and a whole lotta tears either way. To some, Israeli and American Memorial Days might be categorized as fraternal twins, if related at... Continue Reading →

President Bush to arrive in Jerusalem.

Couldn't President Bush just hold a conference call with the Middle Eastern leaders? I'm sure between the American and Israeli governments, someone could afford a couple of web cams. Didn't Israel invent web cams? ICQ? Tiny USB sticks? Wouldn't they be more comfortable discussing the impossibility of peace in a resort in Eilat? Couldn't they... Continue Reading →

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