Weekly Meanderings 10 May 2014

But did they really discover Herod’s tomb? After Herod died in 4 B.C., he was buried at Herodium—but where? A few years ago, it seemed that the question was solved. Eminent Herodium archaeologist Ehud Netzer declared that he had found Herod’s impressive mausoleum. (Netzer passed away in 2010, and all of his BAR articles—including his posthumously published [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 May 2014

Tolkien gives Hitler’s administration an earful when they asked him if he was Aryan when seeking to publish his book in Germany: 25 July 1938 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford Dear Sirs, Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 April 2014

A beautiful story about Lacey Holsworth: The purpose of the universe, by George Dvorsky: It’s tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there’s much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 April 2014

Best story of the week: Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms. Svidensky, a photographer and travel [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 12 April 2014

On the first day when Sweden changed from driving on the left side (English style) to right side (everyone else). Why can’t people spell it correctly? The word gospel: when it is one of the first four books of the New Testament, it is upper case: Gospel; when it is the message about Jesus, it is [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 5 April 2014

Little boy sleeping with his puppy: Wow are these funny! Carl Trueman, World Vision and Mozilla: Given the instructive chronological juxtaposition, how should Christians react?  A few thoughts come to mind.  First, both Christians and their opponents have the right under the First Amendment to express their disagreement with the actions of World Vision and [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings 29 March 2014

Marvelous story about Andreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth, marvelous: Adreian Payne and 8-year old Lacey Holsworth met each other two years ago in a hospital where she was being treated for Neuroblastoma, a rare form of nerve Cancer. The cliche of a star athlete visiting sick kids ended as soon as they met, and now Payne [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 22 March 2014

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… yerkidding… it’s a woman! On Malaysian Airlines flight 370, about which I’ve not said anything … there is so much we do not know. Perhaps not knowing is the point of whoever flew that plane. That is, maybe disappearance was intended. As I see it, if the plane is [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 15 March 2014

High school dances — going the way of high button shoes? (One of my favorite movies of all time in that pic.) Your high school may have had different names for them, but you probably recognize what they are: school dances. A staple of American culture, the dramatic climax of countless high-school movies, and the background [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 March 2014

This amazing picture of Chicago’s reflection on the lake taken from an airplane by an iPhone. Rob Merola’s wisdom – The two most destructive forces I have seen in my almost 30 years as a priest are anger and alcohol. It’s interesting, then, that one of the chief findings of one of the longest running [Read More...]