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The following pictures were taken on the first day of Spring break for Asbury University— March 12th. Read more

[picture courtesy of CNN] The Plutonium in Hierapolis is an important site for those interested in studying the nature of ancient Greco-Roman religion. I’ve posted on it before, and indeed that particular Plutonium (named of course after Pluto, the god of the underworld) features in my novel Papias and the Mysterious Menorah, which you might enjoy. The drawing above is an archaeologist’s reconstruction of what the Plutonium must have looked like in the first century A.D. when Christians (including Philip… Read more

Violence does not conquer death, it causes it. Love, on the overhand, is another story. Happy Easter everyone. BW3 Read more

Easter Wings BY GEORGE HERBERT Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store, Though foolishly he lost the same, Decaying more and more, Till he became Most poore: With thee O let me rise As larks, harmoniously, And sing this day thy victories: Then shall the fall further the flight in me. My tender age in sorrow did beginne And still with sicknesses and shame. Thou didst so punish sinne, That I became Most thinne. With thee Let me combine,… Read more

The sky is sullen overhead The tree a silhouette The rain begins to fall again No one’s left just yet. The body hangs limp and loose The soldiers take their time The women weep and weep and weep Whose act had caused this crime? I could not bear to stay and watch, His mother’s grief too great I needed to get her somewhere safe The hour was quite late. Why had he given her to me? She had more children… Read more

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One of my favorite things to do when I’m in Durham, is take a day trip up to Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall, especially on a beautiful day. Here are some shots from that adventure…. Many Brits love to walk the Hadrian’s wall, part or the whole of it, and that is no easy task. I’ve only done a bit of it, choosing the bit near Corbridge…. Read more

This spectacular iron sculpture (made of the iron which was wrought in nearby Newcastle, back when there were ship works there) stands on the overlooking hill on the south side of the Tyne River looking over the city of Newcastle. Read more

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