I Have A Dream…

I Have A Dream…

Redemption Church Alhambra, Phoenix | Photo by Thomas Cogdell Thomas Cogdell came to Phoenix, last week.  Friday evening he introduced his newly published book,  Unity Through Repentance to an enthusiastic audience at Redemption Church Alhambra. Saturday morning he...
Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure?

Sourced from Google Years ago when I was a new immigrant, learning to live in America, we watched Antique Roadshow, a live TV series where experts offered to appraise family heirlooms or dusty, forgotten oddities discovered in attics and cellars. As the camera slowly...
Who’s in Charge?

Who’s in Charge?

Around the Coffee Table | Photo by Ryan Thurman As usual, last Saturday morning, our small team met in the kitchen, catching up, eating snacks, drinking coffee, seated around the low table. As best we can we are preparing for a major event, something way beyond our...
Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

When you reach a certain age, the conversation with contemporaries often veers to bones and organs. In his latest email, a dear and famous friend of 50 years, also called George, describes his wonder in seeing again after cataract surgery… like new eyes And then he...
What do you see?

What do you see?

Shadows, A new memorial of  deportation in Amsterdam |  Artist Ram Katzir. Photograph from The New York Times. Shadows My eyes are pulled into a series of photos embedded in an article by Nina Siegel in The New York Times, titled, Photos That Helped to Document the...
Kripochef und Priester

Kripochef und Priester

My parents trod on these stones, on their way to Köln/Deutz railway station Walter and Ernst, Companions on my Journey The city is Köln, Germany, where my parents and I spent the last few months of our lives as a family of three. Walter Volmer is the retired Criminal...
Knitting in Wartime

Knitting in Wartime

Sourced from Google | Photographer Unknown That first Christmas in the British Midlands I tasted unusual delicacies and heard strange new words.  It was 1939 and  I was 7 years old, desperately trying to understand what was expected of me when the instruction manual...
Why?

Why?

Why was Marc Chagall, 1887-1985, a Shetl Jew, so preoccupied with Jesus on the cross? “White Crucifixion” by Marc Chagall | Circa 1938 | Sourced from Google Marc Chagall | Photo by Li Erben | Sourced from Google Chagall’s inspired use of color | Title unknown |...
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...