Schweitzer’s and Korngold’s Homes

Around Vienna one will see busts and statues of many famous people. But off the beaten path are homes where famous people – and people who deserve to be even more famous than they are – once made their homes.   Obscured by bushes in the photo above is a plaque indicating that Erich Wolfgang [Read More...]

Around Vienna

As one person guessed, I am in Vienna for the International Society of Biblical Literature conference. Here are some photos from around the city today:   Next to Beethoven's piano, in the building where he composed works such as the 5th symphony and Fuer Elise.     [Read more...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

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Around Sibiu

As at least one person guessed, I am currently in Sibiu, Romania. The photo above is of what is thought to be the oldest house in the city, dating from the 15th century. While I like the local food here, I particularly appreciated the “fried stuff maker” with the religious name in the photo below, [Read More...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

Another day, another place…     [Read more...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

OK, the last post asking where I was had too big a clue – the name of a city on the side of a hill! This one is from the same country, but a different place. I'll give you that, the photo of the winding road (which the BBC television show Top Gear said is [Read More...]

Where in the World is James McGrath?

I am traveling and I thought it would be more interesting to share photos and let you see if you can guess where I am. One of the photos contains a big clue if you spot it.   [Read more...]

Traveling and Blogging

I’ll be traveling again in the coming weeks. I have scheduled at least one blog post for every day that I’ll be away, and so you may not even notice the difference around here, other than that I may respond to comments at what seem like odd times of day. I’ll try to blog during [Read More...]

Butler University 2014 Israel Trip Movie Trailer

OK, so this movie trailer, made by one of the students who went on the trip, may be my new favorite movie… [Read more...]

Did They Walk Into a Bar?

The pope has now concluded his visit to the Holy Land. My own trip was moved earlier to avoid having places be closed in preeparation for his visit. Apart from the “upper room,” traditional site of the last supper, which is over the traditional site of the tomb of David, we did not experience any [Read More...]

Stars and Bucks

There were a number of interesting places to drink coffee and/or eat around Israel. One that the students on my recent trip found particularly amusing was “Stars and Bucks” Cafe: We also came across this homemade sign: I particularly appreciated this place’s name: However, when in Jerusalem I prefer to get what the locals call [Read More...]


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