Book review – Love Triangles by Bobbie Ann Cole

Love Triangles by Bobbie Ann Cole is subtitled: Discovering Jesus the Jew in Today’s Israel

I received a pdf file as a review copy.  Because I am interested in the Bible and Israel both in the time of Jesus and the present time I was interested in reading it.  I have not visited Israel myself, but have heard accounts from friends, who have.

Each chapter begins with a quotation from the Bible.  The whole book is extremely well-written.  It includes the author’s personal stories, the experiences of others, descriptions of the countryside and towns and how they relate to the life of Jesus, the differences between various religious groups and attitudes of officials.  The whole book hangs together without seeming in any way disjointed.  The insights of Cole, who was raised as a Jew in England and spent a few years in Israel, shed fresh light on several Bible stories.  Reading between the lines of the Bible to discover information, which would not have had to be explained to its early readers, is interesting.

One story, which had not been explained to me previously in so much detail, concerned the events around the crucifixion of Jesus.  The events in the life of Jesus are discussed in the context of Jewish festivals and other important days.  This was interesting.  For example, the crucifixion was at Passover and parallel events, not elaborated on in the Bible are mentioned in Love Triangles.

The attitude of various groups to Messianic Jews in Israel is illustrated with stories.

I found the book fascinating.  There is a glossary of Hebrew words at the end.  Being unaware of the glossary’s existence, I found that words and phrases were explained well in the body of the text.  It is a useful resource for reference, however.  There are also references for further reading.

I recommend this book, which is available as a paperback or an e-book.  I intend to read it again as there is so much there to reflect on.


The Flower Show

Our village has very few events in August compared with other months.  One traditional event is the Flower Show.  I organised my holiday so that I’d be back in time for it.

The day before the show I managed to complete a knitted item to exhibit.  It was identical to one I wrote about earlier – a pink and white matinee jacket.

Entries have to be made within two time slots – the previous evening and before judging on the day.  I chose the morning and found very little space and lots of lovely knitting.

I had also taken a plant to enter in the cactus or succulent in a pot class.  This was on the opposite side of the hall from the knitting.  There were three other entries already.  I put mine on the end and turned its best aspect to the front.  My plant (and its pot) dwarfed the others.  My chances of a prize looked hopeful.

Aloe variegata (Partridge-breasted aloe)

Aloe variegata (Partridge-breasted aloe)

In the afternoon I arrived earlier than I sometimes do.  On the way in I bought some tickets for the prize draw.  The lady selling them told me that someone had gone to fetch my prize.  It was for the plant – and it was the 1st prize!  (That covered the cost of the raffle tickets I had just bought.)

Almost as an afterthought I bought a strip of tickets for another raffle, where the prizes were a selection of fruit and one of vegetables.

Then I proceeded round the exhibits on my own, stopping to talk to friends and acquaintances.  Several members of the craft group had won prizes.

Having completed the circuit I joined the queue for refreshments.  Not being in the habit of eating between meals, I usually just have a cup of tea.  This time the cakes were too tempting.  Two pieces of cake and a scone over-faced me.  I wrapped a large slice of chocolate in a paper napkin and put it in my bag.

One of my friends from craft group had joined me at the table and we went and looked at some of the exhibits together.  I found it far more interesting having someone to share opinions with.  It made me more observant.

For instance, one jar of jam had a slice of orange visible like a wheel inside the glass.  My friend knew that it was a WI recipe.

The prize-giving included some amusing remarks.  Then the raffles were drawn.  One of my tickets won the vegetables for me.

After the raffle it was time to pack away my exhibits.

A strange thing happened as I was on my way to pick up my prize-winning aloe variegata.  I greeted a lady with the same Christian name as mine.  She told me that the lady by her side shared my surname.  We chatted briefly about the places that my husband’s family is associated with.

Hubby was waiting for me in the car.  I could not have carried the plant home even without a box of vegetables.  It contained potatoes, a swede, enough cherry tomatoes to fill a cereal bowl, a leek, two large onions, two big red onions, a Savoy cabbage, a small cauliflower, carrots and a pear shaped item I believe to be a squash.

The weather was fine, but the day was tinged with sadness due to other recent events in the village.  However this is a good community, where people comfort and support one another.  It was an enjoyable day.


Why having more than one internet-enabled device is almost essential

My laptop stopped working about two weeks ago. It was flashing between a partly loaded desktop screen and a blank screen the colour I chose as my background for the tiles.

I used my phone to find out how to start windows 8.1 in safe-mode. Then I managed to restore my computer to a point before some updates. I found I needed to reinstall my virus protection as it failed to update. After this I did a scan and a virus was removed. The whole process took quite a long time, but my computer was working again after a few hours.

In fact it seemed to be working better than before it crashed.

Just when I thought the problems were over another update from Microsoft caused a minor problem. My computer stayed on a screen “shutting down” for a long time. I pressed the power switch, waited a short time and switched it back on. It was still shutting down. I seem to remember this happened more than once.

Finally I held the power button down firmly. Then I waited until after my next meal before I switched it on again. It behaved. Out of curiosity I researched this latest problem and learned from a forum that I had done what was recommended. (No mention of food, though!)

My computer had taken over most of my time for a weekend, but I was able to go on holiday, knowing that it would be working on my return.

I am not ready to install Windows 10 yet, but no doubt this will happen in a few weeks or months. I just need to find a spare day or two to prioritise the upgrade!

One time it is inconvenient to have more than one internet-enabled device is when emails appear as unread on one gadget, when they have been read on another.  Has anyone found a solution to this?  Answers on a postcard…

…Oh, you’re on-line.  Just comment below, please!