WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

This week Cheri writes:

A place reveals itself on its streets, from pedestrians strolling during lunch time, to performers entertaining tourists on sidewalks, to the bustle of local markets, and more. Whether you’re shoveling snow from your own driveway or walking a familiar route to work or getting lost in a foreign city, a snapshot of a street (or road or path) can tell a tale.

I explored the cobblestone streets of Lisbon one summer, captured above in a shot of one of its neighborhoods, Bairro Alto. I especially loved the city’s sloped alleyways, as well as the graffiti-strewn walls and grittier feel of this particular district.

For this challenge, document the movement (or stillness) of a street: tell a story with your snapshot, capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place, or simply show us where you live — or a path you often take.

Recently, my wife and I made our first pilgrimage to Israel. Here is a photo I took on the corner of busy Ha Kotel Street in Jerusalem, near the temple mount. This street, down through the centuries has likely been walked on by all kinds of people, likely from all over the world. Visit the other entries here.

Members of our Israel trip tour group

Members of our Israel trip tour group

TEDxTalk by Dr. Lalit Chawla

A friend and former neighbour of mine dating back to the 1980s, Dr. Lalit Chawla, recently informed me of  this talk, where he explores the use of magic in relation to his practice as a physician and how some of the concepts of magic help to understand creativity and innovation in society today. Hope you enjoy it. Congratulations and thanks again Dr. Chawla for giving me permission to post your talk on my blog.

Israel trip continued

Mount Zion and Zion (especially in the Psalms and Isaiah in reference to Jerusalem) is frequently mentioned in the Bible.

Piano Recital

Katrina Lexvold

Katrina Lexvold

Last night, March 15, we were privileged to attend a delightful piano recital by University of Alberta-Augustana Campus student, Katrina Lexvold, at my wife’s church-St. Peter Lutheran. She performed works by: Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Debussy, Khachaturian, and Schumann.  Katrina is a very gifted young musician with a promising future.

Our Israel Trip continued

Continuing with more videos of our Israel trip below.

Up in the Golan Heights, near the Lebanon and Syria borders.

The water looked so fresh and clean and reminded me a bit of Jesus’ inviting words to the Samaritan woman, as he describes himself to her as “living water….The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:7ff)

Our guide at Katzrin Park was most hospitable and informative, showing us, among other things the process of making olive oil in ancient times.

Sermon Ash Wednesday Yr A

The folks from St Barnabas Anglican and All Saints Anglican joined us at Unity Lutheran for an Ash Wednesday Service with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. It was wonderful to worship our one LORD together. You can read my sermon here: Ash Wednesday Yr A