It’s over. After almost five years and 100 (!) posts it’s time to lift my pen off the paper, time to lift my fingers off the keyboard and bring my “Notes from Galilee” blog to an end. What started out as something experimental has developed into a passion that offered me a chance to report of my experiences from Israel every two or three weeks.
This land is so wonderful, complex, challenging, rewarding, infuriating – a fertile ground to tell of stories that border on the sublime and the ridiculous. There’s never a dull moment here. This led me to write about diverse topics like harvesting almonds in the fields, pressing virgin olive oil, stories of Jews and Arabs getting along and not getting along at all, of Muslims and Christians, stories of a holy land and the not so holy, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and everywhere in between, food and more food, beer, Ramadan, soccer, war and more war, politics, religion and economy, stories of nature, wildlife, and lastly, of my children, of my family’s history in Israel and in America.
Your reader comments were a treat. It was fascinating to learn that my posts were being read and shared in far away places in Senegal, Zambia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Thailand and dozens of other countries around the world. Even in the age of internet, people wish to connect, reach out, extend a digital hand and touch someone.
I wish to continue to write, possibly return to what I love doing, writing fiction. I’m confident my experiences will provide the raw material for the next story. You’re welcome to explore any one of my three novels (they appear at bottom of this post).
In the meantime, thanks for following me around Galilee for the last few years.
Be well, be good, do good.
Maurice Labi is an Israeli-American who lived in Los Angeles for many years. In 2011 He returned to Northern Israel (Galilee) with his wife and twin teenage daughters. He is of two lands, of two cultures and he blogs about his experiences in Israel, particularly from Galilee where Jews and Arabs dwelled for centuries.
He has also written three novels: “Jupiter’s Stone,” “Into the Night,” and “American Moth” — available at Amazon.com
or at BN.com