Tunnel Vision— BW3, Yuliya, and Hezekiah

Going through Hezekiah's tunnel is an exhilirating experience, and especially when you do it with family and friends like these. … [Read more...]

A Cultured Pearl— The One Hundred Foot Journey

Sometimes critics make big mistakes, and that includes well known movie critics. I opened the NY Times this morning and read A.O. Scott's rather snarky and highly critical review of the new movie that stars Helen Mirren, a movie about a culture clash and a competition between two very different restaurants in the south of France--- one a Michelin starred French restaurant, the other a brand new Indian restaurant. After reading it, as the Bible says, my countenance fell. I said to myself 'oh … [Read more...]

Old Gold: Gordon Lightfoot

June 26th was supposed to be the night Ann and I finally got to see Paul McCartney. But Sir Paul hasn't been well, and postponed until Oct. 28th. Stay tuned. Instead, we went and saw (here in Lexington) an even older performer---- Gordon Lightfoot, who is an amazing 76 years old, and still singing away (he bragged he was doing eight shows in ten days on this mini-tour). I must confess I would never have guessed that the man I saw in about 1974-75 in Boston at Symphony Hall would still be … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Twenty Two

On the last afternoon of our pilgrimage, we went to the famous Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which is actually three museums in one--- an Oriental/ANE museum, a tile museum, and the main archaeological museum.... It's an embarrassment of riches...We walked down an old street to reach the main gate, passing various lovely old houses...Once you pass the gate, you run right into Aslan, the guardian lion (as I mentioned aslan is the turkish work for lion).Immediately to the … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage: Turkey, Part Twenty One

One of the more important churches (now a museum) in all of Turkey is the famous Chora Church, so-called because it was out in the country originally. Now it's in a crowded Istanbul neighborhood, which makes it difficult to even get a picture of the building. So you have to settle for a picture from a distance...Or you have to settle for a picture of a picture...Then you run the gauntlet of the vendors, the hawkers of icon copies and Iznik tile copies...Here is a brief … [Read more...]

My Logos Johannine Lit. Course is Now Live

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From Herakles to Rocket Raccoon— Summer Flicks that Leave a Mark

In a summer which has only been memorable for offering up no classic films of any genre whatever, one has to settle for the best of the rest. So, with some trepidation, we went to see the IMAX presentation of Hercules (Greek form of the name Herakles), starring Dwayne Rock Johnson (Mr. wrestler/body builder/fast and furious). This of course was bound to be an action flick, not famous for its wit, dialogue, or wisdom. Still, the sheer number of loud fighting scenes not merely threatened to … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage, Turkey, Part Twenty

By now you may be wondering---- o.k. we toured Ephesos, but where exactly did the temple of Artemis go? Glad you asked.... it's long gone, after the earthquakes the spot where it sat turned into a mosquito filled marsh... and today there is exactly one column left standing, which we are viewing from high atop the hill where the Basilica of St. John is. But which John?There is a real problem in figuring which John we are actually talking about, for whom the Basilica of St. John is … [Read more...]

The Pilgrimage, Turkey, Part Nineteen

While it may boggle the mind of Americans, the Turkish government believes in supporting its important historic industries, for instance the Turkish carpet industry. While many countries in the Middle East have carpet makers, none have the quality and continuous heritage of making carpets that Turkey does. The problem is not mechanization, the problem is recruitment in this industry, because making handwoven carpets requires, thin, nimble, quick, mostly young fingers, and nowadays, most young … [Read more...]