Tuesday, October 21, 2008

N is for nun

The fall collection of N words is over at ABC Wednesday.

Living near the Holy City Jerusalem, naturally I notice nuns.

Now you see her,
now you don't.

38 comments:

ER said...

Fantastic! Nun spotting is an ages old vacation game in my family.... a result of being Catholic and spending a lot of time in Italy!!!

Eki Akhwan said...

The narrow alleys and stone walls like this are, in my mind's eye, always associated with Jerussalem. I like the atmosphere of the old city like this. It somewhat brings me to the past.

And about your yesterday's post, Dina: I can't help but wonder if the the Torah is usually printed in a scroll like that? (Forgive me for my ignorance.)

crete said...

Lovely post Dina. Nice photos too. A nun in one and none in the other . . .

Ray

Christine said...

wow! fabulous catch! Love her sweeping around the bend! Thanks for sharing part of your world

Dina said...

ER, "nun spotting"--you're funny! LOL. Yeah, I suppose Italy would have tons of nuns. Did you learn to tell the different orders apart by the habits?

Eki, you are so right about the Old City.
I thank you for asking the question. I have to learn what needs to be explained more.
A hand-written Torah scroll is used for the public readings in the synagogue. To study Torah we would use a regular book.
A full size scroll is quite big and heavy. It is a very special feeling to hold a Torah scroll, to open it, to touch, to read.

Ray, good one!! Why didn't I think of that? hehe

leslie said...

Perfect for N-day! We don't see nuns in habits anymore around here. They all dress in what we'd call "street" clothes.

Rebeckah said...

What a cool place to live! I visited once and was so completely overwhelmed by the history in your area. Unbelieveable. And to think that I actually walked places that Jesus walked...that was just too amazing!

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful movement in these, Dina. I love the color, light, texture, timelessness of these images. And the fun!

dulce said...

I would never think in this. Good choice and nice photos.

Rambling Woods said...

I remember being taught by nuns and rapped on the hand with a ruler too...

Suzanne said...

Naturally nuns! I can see her in my mind's eye.

ellen b said...

So picturesque walking down that narrow walkway. I like it...

spacedlaw said...

Plenty of them in Rome too, as you can imagine. I am always amazed by the variety of cosumes present. Alas I am often clueless at guessing their denomination.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

good one - i've got the same theme for a scheduled post on sunday!

Webradio said...

Nun is pretty, but we haven't see her face...
I had a sister of my father who were 'catholic" nun... But she was dead, like my father...

Bear Naked said...

An unusual photo oppurtunity in the present for most North Americans.
These photos remind me of Qu├ębec 50 years ago.
Thank you for sharing.

Bear((( )))

Pretty Prats said...

wow !! lovely pics :) and nice theme you chose !!

Kay said...

I love that first photo especially. I've always thought nun's habits were so mysterious.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting set of pictures. A modern disappearance act.

I like the word, "Stonemaker" in reference to my kidney stones. What a good name it is.

earthlingorgeous said...

Oh my! Hahahaha! I hope the nun didn't think you were stalking her! Great N post!

Reader Wil said...

There aren't many nuns around in my country nowadays, so it's always nice to see some in other countries. I remember the time that nuns used to teach us in the concentration camp when it was still allowed in the beginning of the imprisonment. They were good teachers and I,though being a protestant was convinced, that I should also make the sign of the Cross, so I asked my mum, could I also cross myself before meals and she answered:"If you would like that, go ahead it won't harm you"..Well anyway I don't cross myself anymore, but I wear a golden cross.

ER said...

We got pretty good at identifying the principal orders pretty quickly! It can also be a helpful conversation starter: I was waiting for the bus from London back home to Oxford the other day along with a Fransiscan friar, it was October 4th so I wished him a happy feast day and then, of course, had difficulty ending the conversation!!!
I always thought one of those little Michelin eye spy books for religious orders would make trips to Rome even more fun!

Rambling Round said...

Lovely photos of the nun and the alleyway.

Ackworth Born said...

Nice neat choice - nun (none) better!

tipper said...

Neat nun! Loved the pictures.

Louis la Vache said...

Nun better!

(Editor to "Louis:" You are noted world-wide for your bad puns, but this has to be your worst ever!

"Louis" to Editor: crickets... )

Kathiesbirds said...

Creative idea! Love these shots. Is this your MY World post also?

the donG said...

who would not love to walk there as you can imagine Jesus or maybe his disciples once walked there.

kaybee said...

First there was a nun and then there was nun! Lovely photos.


I, too, was once taught by nuns -- not sure why, as we are not a catholic family. I was always afraid of them in their black habits, But then a distant cousin became a nun, and she is lovely -- gentle, spiritual, sweet-natured and loves God.


"You can't always tell a book by its cover"

Eki Akhwan said...

Hi Dina,
Thank you for anwering my question. It's something I didn't know before.

Jay said...

Beautiful photos, and a unique use of 'N'!

So funny ... in that first picture, it looks as though the nun is leaving little habit-shaped 'footprints' behind her!

Dina said...

Christine, "sweeping around the bend"--I love it!

Leslie, my nun friends call it going in "civilian" dress. Could we also say "in mufti"?

Rebeckah, glad you were here and loved it. You are so right. I still find it exciting, after all these years.

Sandy, wow, thanks, I had not realized these simple nun shots had all that!

Dulce, well, most folks would not think first of N for nun. But I hang out with nun friends a lot, so I did.

Rambling Woods, well, I see you lived to tell about it. But still... Ouch.

Suzanne, I know you can. Nice new profile pic.

Ellen, yeah, all the Old City streets are narrow.

Spacedlaw, ah, another reason for me to see Rome.

M.Kiwi, cool! I admire how you plan and write ahead. OK, Sunday it is.

Webradio, I only do stealth shots of nuns. Sorry, I didn't see her face either. Wow, you have one priest and one nun in the family.

Bear, really? I guess I remember my hometown of Chicago that way 50 years ago too. But as a kid I only saw the "penquin" type habits.

Pretty Prats, thank you!

Dina said...

Kay, I agree.

Abe, I hope your stones will disappear, soon!

Earthling, shalom. Stalking, ha! No, she didn't hear me in my quiet shoes (I hope). But I did have to almost run to keep up with her, and she had a cane!

Wil, at least this one good thing came out of your internment.
Thanks for sharing memories and history from difficult times.

ER, a great great idea! I'd buy a copy of this guidebook. Have you suggested it to publishers?
And I always wanted a printed explanation of how to identify the different Jewish religious groups here.

Rambling Round, thanks. I was lost at the time, rambling around in the Old City.

Gerald, oi, another nunpun! :)

Tipper, good! I'm glad.

Louis the Punster. What means crickets?

Kathiesbirds, shalom. Yes and no. My official MyWorld was on Monday. But everyday on this blog is about my world, in Jerusalem and the surrounding Jerusalem Hills.

Dong, right, so right. A famous guidebook here is _In the Footsteps of Jesus._

Kaybee, that's interesting. It seems that no one has neutral thoughts or memories about the nuns in his/her life.
Does your sister cousin blog?
I follow some good Sister Blogs.

Eki, thank you for asking. I can tell you are a teacher--always wanting to learn. :)

Jay, good Lord, it does look like that! What an amazing eye and mind you have to see and say that!

Leora said...

Something mysterious about these photos. I liked them.

Sara said...

Shalom Dina. An interesting play on worlds...n for nun! Catholic nuns and the Hebrew "n" letter called nun!

I'm glad to see many are still keeping up with Alphabet Wednesday....unlike me.

I came over here from My World, which I found on one of the Finnish blogs I read. Funny how things are so interconnected in the land of blogs.

Kris said...

My wife is scared of nuns. It must be a Catholic girl's school thing.

I myself was disappointed when I learned that nuns couldn't actually fly.

It made the defenestration a rather gruesome affair, as you can imagine.

Liz said...

Wonderful photos. Just glimpses of the mysterious nun.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

An interesting set of photos, Dina.