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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That which is hidden

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

 Each one of us has something to do here that can be done by no one else. If someone else could fulfill your destiny, then they would be in your place, and you would not be here. It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift and giftedness come alive. Your heart quickens and the urgency of living rekindles your crea...

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Keep the crazy in your back pocket!

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

"We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side." — Khalil Gibran


This week, I am participating in the first required residency for the Masters in Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. This is actually my first quarter in the program and, once again, other people are telling me that I am brave. This kind of courage though comes easy; but if it comes easy, then is it courage at all?


The first advice my section ad...

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Pt. 2: Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM


There are 5 things in life you cannot recover: A stone...after it's thrown. A word...after it is said. An occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. A person...after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile, Enjoy Life! - Anonymous

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There is no place like home

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I have said before that in my travels to Palestine, one of the lessons I have learned is that it is possible to be homesick for somewhere you have never lived. I recently saw a comment by another activist who said “Palestine is like an incurable virus that gets into your blood.” It is one of those intangible things that you have to experience to really understand. Some might even say it is a past life memory – I don’t know about that, but what I do know is that it feel...

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The Best Laid Plans

Posted on July 23, 2011 at 1:22 AM

“….even if you bear the light, you are not the light, and even if you are a lute fastened with strings, you are not the lute player.” ~Gibran

During the last few days,   as I was making the final preparations for a dinner to raise funds for my trip to Palestine in September, I have experienced many unexpected challenges. Then, the day of the fundraiser (the hottest day of the year) it seemed as though nothing ...

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What's so funny about Peace, Justice and Security?

Posted on July 16, 2011 at 1:31 AM

I love the sacred and spiritual kindness which should be the source of every law upon the earth, for kindness is the shadow of God in man. ~ Gibran


One of the ongoing arguments in the push-pull of Israel / Palestine is between the concepts of ‘peace with justice’ and ‘peace with security’. It was recently raised again when a new Facebook page received some attention as a forum for Palestinians and J...

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:30 PM

This is my song * oh God of all the nations * A song of peace for lands afar and mine

This week in the US we celebrated Independence Day. We “let freedom ring” with fireworks, parades and festivals. But, I have to wonder, how many people took a moment away from the barbecue to consider what freedom really means? In America I think it most often means the freedom to buy mass quantities of things, very cheaply. Most of us do not ...

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Waiting to Exhale

Posted on July 2, 2011 at 2:55 AM


So much seems caught on the edge of a pregnant pause.  As the Gaza flotilla attempts to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza (but cannot get out the Greek harbor), as Fatah and Hamas waver at the brink of reconciliation, and as the international community wavers at the brink of recognizing a Palestinian State in September, we hold our breath waiting to see what will happen next (although we probably already know).   And, as I begin to prepare to leave for Palestine in ...

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Kanafe in Golan

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:09 PM

It's all a point of view...

On the first leg of my trip last fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to make a short trip to the occupied Golan Heights.  While we were there, my host and I had kanafe at a street café in Majdel Shams, a Druze village in Golan. I love chocolate, BUT I would choose kanafe over chocolate any day. (I wonder if I can get a kanafe birthday "cake"?) My host was not impressed with the quality of the kanafe we were served and vowed t...

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If Wishes Were Horses.....

Posted on June 18, 2011 at 1:35 AM

 Today I went to the Arab International Festival in Dearborn. Of course there is great food, and music….. It is a wonderful festival – And then there were the ‘protestors’.


A suffering soul on the way to the Kingdom of Heaven

Shouts on the news, "They are the godless ones"

The anger inside and the fear that it hides

never leave him

When the...

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