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

Certainly the most advanced civilization in so many ways from the Biblical period was Egypt. It is one of the very few nations that has existed continuously for somewhere near 6-7,000 years. In the museum in Antalya in Turkey, there are many treasures from Egypt that ended up in one of the many kingdoms in what today we call Turkey. For example, there was the Lycian kingdom with its own language, trade and the like. These beautiful perfume or oil… Read more

One of the less well known but beautiful cathedrals in England is Worchester Cathedral, the home of the famous composer Elgar (as in the Enigma Variations). Here are some images for your contemplation. The town of Worchester has other interesting features, including Tudor architecture down near the river and interesting signs. Read more

Easily the most impressive castle on the northeast coast of England is Bamburgh, which is part ancient and part modern (still a modern residence). To top things off, the little village next to it has the best tea and scones anywhere! But I was fortunate enough to be there on a sunny day, and here are some shots from various angles— Read more

While some of you may have sampled the Lindisfarne Gospels online, or perhaps even in the British Museum, I’m betting few of you have made the trek to Lindisfarne Island, a tidal island (which means you can drive there when the tide is low), famous for its monks like St. Oswald. The connection between Lindisfarne and Durham is important as well, but that’s story for another day. Here are some pictures from my last pilgrimage to Lindisfarne….. If you ask… Read more

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