Truth & Reality

Truth & Reality

An Eclectic Reading List Today began with a slow read of Matthew 24 and Jesus’ warning, See that no one leads you astray and Let not your love grow cold in a time of increased lawlessness.  And then I thought about our present experience of lawlessness and opened...
Living in the Hyphen

Living in the Hyphen

Hyphen /ˈhīfən/ noun Definition: a symbol used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next. (Cambridge Dictionary) Amanda, a good friend, is studying Jewish/Christian relations...
When The Road Rises up to Meet You

When The Road Rises up to Meet You

Eifel, Germany This morning before breakfast, George and I watched George Verwer on Youtube. Watch George Verwer’s video about “A Garland For Ashes” He had alerted us that he would feature A Garland for Ashes in his weekly blog. And to anyone in the...
Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree

Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree

Today’s news, hate filled words,, lies and contempt, images of cruel, violent acts, wound my heart, wound each of our hearts. They evoke yearning… longing for justice, truth, goodness. Faint echoes of Johnny Cash’s song When the Man Comes Around  seep into my mind. He...
Edith, Thomas, and Abraham

Edith, Thomas, and Abraham

“Abraham and the Three Angels” by Marc Chagall | 1966 Three Jews, connected by heritage, separated by history, linked by their responses to a radical call…to trust, to rely on their Lord. Abraham left his family, his culture not knowing his destination and look what...
And It Was Night

And It Was Night

The Place of Departure. Looking at the train track, Köln-Deutz railway station, April 11, 2010. Have you ever felt surrounded by inner and outer darkness and suddenly, you glimpse a light? It is both Passover and Holy Week as I write, and I’m remembering the past, the...
Deracinate

Deracinate

Deracinate /dēˈrasəˌnāt/ verb Definition: Uproot someone from their natural geographical, social, or cultural environment. A word in popular usage 200 years ago. George and I spent yesterday morning at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. It is the season of...
My Zigzag Memories

My Zigzag Memories

“The first celebration of Purim” Purim 2022 March 16 and 17 Purim, the Jewish feast celebrates deliverance from certain death 2,500 years ago, in Persia, present day Iran. Haman, villainous enemy of the Jewish people, plots their destruction and is thwarted  by...
We Were Beautiful

We Were Beautiful

1938 The year is 1938 and we had just been expelled from the local Protestant schools in Gemünd and Schleiden. The Jewish community scrambled to create a one room school in Kall  installing Moses Fernbach as teacher. I remembered a  photograph of our new school in...
One Day

One Day

Hanna Zack Miley holding her autobiography, A Garland For Ashes The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, 2022 marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is One Day.  Yesterday, 13th January, Amy Williams invited me to join historian, Professor Bill Niven...