Jerusalem, April 2008

Self was there.

Here are a few pictures:

  • The Wailing Wall; members of the Israeli Army (Look at the casual way those young women hold their rifles: they do it the same way California girls haul gym bags); a bazaar in Jerusalem.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Encounter: THE WAY TO THE SPRING

Jericho, West Bank:

One Saturday, several years ago: An abbreviated version of Ehrenreich’s encounter with three teen-age settlers. Ehrenreich is meeting up with his friends Ahmad and Irene. (Full version on pp. 212 – 213):

Three teenage settler boys were walking past . . . One of them carried an infant strapped to his chest with purple cloth. The boy with the baby began shouting. His name was Binyamin.

“All the time, he’s drunk,” Ahmad tells Ehrenreich.

He didn’t look drunk — his gait was steady and his speech unblurred . . . “This house and every house, they are all ours,” he yelled in Hebrew . . . “We will conquer this whole city.”

Ahmad told the boy to be quiet.

“I’m not scared of you,” shouted the boy. “I’m scared only of God.”

Somehow the baby strapped to his chest slept through it all.

Eventually he got tired. Irene and I hiked out past the old archaeological excavations to the empty lot in which she had parked her car. As we were leaving, I noticed two settler children, boys about nine or ten years old, standing beside a soldier on the hill above us. They looked almost angelic, dressed all in white, lit from behind, their blonde hair and forelocks gilded by the sun. The one on the right held up his middle finger as we passed.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Nostalgia For Venice

  • For this challenge, show us what nostalgia means to you — perhaps a moment or scene that makes you feel wistful, happy, sad, or somehow longing for the past.

— Jeff Golenski, The Daily Post

Self went with Margarita Donnelly to Venice in April 2013. Margarita was battling breast cancer. She passed away in December 2014.

What self remembers of that trip was that she was always getting lost. The streets of Venice are labyrinthine.

These pictures have a melancholy feel. Her Venice is more the Don’t Look Now Venice instead of the hectic, tourist-packed place it really is.

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This was self’s second trip. The first time was when she was 11:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

The Photographs in THE WAY TO THE SPRING

Self doesn’t think any of the reviews have mentioned the photographs in The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. But they are powerful. They make you see the people behind the words and the politics.

The first one that catches her attention is Bassem Tamimi in his living room in Nabi Saleh, taken by Keven Manor: Bassem has a somewhat Peter Stormare look about him.

The picture immediately below it is pretty stunning: Ahed and Nariman Tamimi outside their home in Nabi Saleh, Summer 2012, taken by Peter van Agtmael (the captions are infinitesimally small: she can barely read them, in fact. Must get bifocals!) The same photographer took the stunning picture of a boy taking cover as soldiers fire rubber-coated bullets, somewhere near Nabi Saleh, February 2013. And a third picture by van Agtmael is so sweeping and powerful, in composition it reminds self a little of Goya: Men sit beside a fire in the ruins of Shuja’iyya.

Many of the photographs are by author Ben Ehrenreich. Of Ehrenreich’s photos, self’s favorite is one of Eid Suleiman al-Hathalin’s daughter, Lin.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

The Nostalgia of Others

Of course, nostalgia is something that affects everyone differently. We’d love to know what kinds of experiences you’ve had that stir these emotions for the past in you.

— Jeff Golenski, The Daily Post

Here are some WordPress blogs whose takes on this week’s photo challenge, NOSTALGIA, intrigued self:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cath's Camera

life through my lens

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

myguiltypleasures

welcome to my past, present and future mixed with whatever pops up right now

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing

John's Space .....

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

nancy merrill photography

capturing memories one moment at a time

Rantings Of A Third Kind

The Blog about everything and nothing and it's all done in the best possible taste!

Sauce Box

Never get lost in the Sauce

GK Dutta

Be One... Make One...

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Fashion Not Fear

Fueling fearlessness through style and inspiration.

Wanderlust and Wonderment

My writing and photo journey of inspiration and discovery

transcribingmemory

Decades of her words.

John Oliver Mason

Observations about my life and the world around me.

InMyDirection

fiction, short story, writing, creative content

Insanity at its best!

Yousuf Bawany's Blog

lita doolan productions

Any old world uncovered by new writing

unbolt me

the literary asylum

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