Olives for Hope

If the world is ever going to come to peace,
humanity can no longer be recognized 
on a case by case basis.



Gently Falling Down;

The Rain Returns;

Crashing Through My Heart

(written my last night in Galilee 2010)

‎"I do not sit at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write to be understood; we write to understand." (Cecil Day-Lewis)

These are my personal reflections on my time in Israel / Palestine as well as my view of events connected to the situation since returning (as well as the occasional randomness that is me as I seek peace in a restless world). My journal from 2008 is here . I do not have comments enabled because I have seen too many of these types of sites taken over by back and forth bickering and just plain mean-ness. but I am opening up the guests page for comment in response to several requests. At this time, only site members can comment. It is easy to become a member - just complete the subscribe request. If you want to contact me directly (to set up a presentation, ask a question, make a donation etc) please use this contact page. I have added daily journal for 2011 here.

I am no longer adding news items directly on this site. I have created an OFH fan page on Facebook for news postings. There is a link on the sidebar and it seems to work even if you are not a Facebook member (please let me know if you have a problem accessing the page. News items are continually added to that page which you will likely not see in the traditional US press. Thank you for taking a moment to like the page so I know that it is serving its purpose.

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Posted on June 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM


"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way." ~ Winnie the Pooh


Applying a known set of rules to a new situation is a natural thing to do. It is however, not always the smart thing to do. I am someone that wants things to make sense. I will over think something beyond any rational reason to do so, trying to unders...

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Five Hundred Ninety Six

Posted on May 7, 2011 at 9:53 PM


596 – that is how many individual pictures make up this mosaic (1000 total images). 596 moments from my trip to Israel / Palestine last Fall - 596 moments out of three weeks of my life. Most of them were taken in the Galilee – I guess because that was new to me and, like I have said before, how many pictures do I need to take of the "...

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This and That

Posted on May 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

"Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world (touch) your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.” Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

This blogging thing, is a strange thing. There is a "Dear Diary" quality to the act of putting my thoughts on paper, but then I publish my words for anyone to see....

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Where Are You From?

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

My house says to me, “Do not leave me, for here dwells your past.”;

And the road says to me, “Come and follow me, for I am your future.”;

And I say to both my house and the road, “I have no past, nor have I a future.

If I stay here, there is a going in my staying; and if I go there is a staying in my going....

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Patience Grasshopper

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:31 PM

If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy. (Rumi)

Now that I am not working, what was somewhat of a fantasy, can actually happen (although my parents seemed to think that because I lost my job, I would not be going); and I am preparing for my next trip to Palestine & Israel - this time for three months. Those wo...

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Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Previously I wrote about the photographs I took while in Palestine last Fall [Five Hundred Ninety Six]. Many of those photos are on the website, but when you view them, you don’t know the whole story – the stories I tell when I personally share those photos. Sure the tags tell you what it is and where it is but you don’t know what was happening or how I felt – what that photo means to me - it's context. So, I have decided that from time to ...

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Obama Enters the Matrix

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

When The Matrix was first released I didn’t think I would be interested – it looked too much like a typical special effects “shoot em up” action movie and so I never saw the film. Then last Fall someone I met recommended it to me. He also liked Avatar (one of my top five favorites), so I decided to give it a try and added it to my Netflix que...

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Selected News Week of 5/07/11

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Thousands Mark Palestinian Nakba in Galilee



A High-Profile Call for Marriage Equality in Israel

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Selected News Week of 5/15/11

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM


Israel Lost in Denial


The Israeli government’s sigh of relief was surely heard around the globe. When the rift between Palestinian factions existed, Israel simply brushed off an...

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Selected News Week of 6/5/11

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Report: Wine bottle smashed at Al-Aqsa compound

A bottle of red wine was broken in the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, by "Jewish extremists" who had snuck into the compound, an eyewitness reported. In Islam, alcohol is forbidden, and bringing it into a Muslim holy site is considered to be desecration. 


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