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Posted on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am 0 Comments 5 Likes
It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was picking them off one by one.
Then, one of the half-track’s occupants, a tall,…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:30am 2 Comments 3 Likes
To outsiders, the village of Ballinalee, in County Longford, might seem like no great shakes, just a bump in the road, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot that you’re through before you even notice. Were they to consult a map of the county, the seemingly inconsequential dot called Ballinalee might be ignored in favour…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 7 Comments 4 Likes
There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.
Now, as I pass it by, I…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 14 Comments 10 Likes
A very warm welcome from the San Francisco Bay Area...
Emperor Norton? Oh yes, only one of the many colorful characters of San Francisco. I grew up around the Bay & somewhere along the way collected a degree in history… I've heard a lot of stories about the old days in the City of Fire & Gold...
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