Jingle your Crotals

Sleigh Ride by Richard de Wolf In Medieval times, warhorses wore crotals. Symbols of wealth and prestige, the single bells were made of silver or gold. Archaeologists have discovered crotals in England dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Englanders viewed them as protection against evil and disease. Some believed the bells brought wealth and…

Icons

Seekers, pilgrims, and believers have venerated icons for centuries. An icon is an image, picture or representation. It stands for a person or diety symbolically by representing it concretely or by analogy. Veneration means to regard with feelings of respect and reverence. Some early Christian icons were painted on the musty walls of catacombs. Later they were drawn and…

Ancient Mosaic Art

righteous ideals flamed the hearts of ancient saints, I follow their footsteps My husband and I are back in the states and home once again. The flight from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt to the states was uneventful. Just the kind you want! We are exhausted from a very full two weeks of traveling, connecting, enjoying the…

Bittersweet Good-Byes

I love this ancient olive tree on the grounds of the convent here on the hill of Kiriath Jearim. It reminds me of the ancient history of this place, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for many years. I felt honored to stay here and entered into the blessing and glory of this…

DNA Proofs

  The wintry weather in Texas is making me think about the former Soviet Union and our life some years ago. I remember that period as the “best and worst of times.” I wrote the poem below in St. Petersburg.

Train Memory

  In the barrenness and cold of winter, I traveled for the first time to Russia. I wrote this poem on a Soviet train as we wound through the Russian woods and farmland from St. Petersburg to Moscow. My first train ride through the former Soviet Union overflowed with the romance of high adventure, set against the winterscape of the…

The Dream of Freedom

  It is 6 AM. The house is dark and quiet. I am soaking in the sweet, brief solitude. Soon the din and stir of the crowd will rule the house. A cold front came in yesterday and cooled down our Texas autumn heat wave. The red oak in my backyard still isn’t red. The cool…

Footsteps of a Journey

Just reflecting on this trilogy in poetry I wrote on the Sea of Galilee after a day visiting the ruins of Caesarea.  trilogy:  to a roman god   

More on Einstein and Jesus

About a month ago, I posted a couple of comments about an interesting interview on Einstein. The interview revealed that the most brilliant man in the world showed a glimmer of passion and interest in the person of Jesus Christ or as Einstein called him, the “luminous Nazarene.” Mike Rizzio at The Bread of Life has an interesting post on Einstein. It seems that Einstein’s curiosity…

Caesarea

Caesarea Yesterday, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in Tel Aviv. Then we loaded the car and headed up the coast to Caesarea. Nestled on the sea, Caesarea is rich with Roman and Crusader archeological ruins. The history is fascinating. Here are some of the sights we enjoyed.