Loquats, Olive Oil, and Tombs

What the three things mentioned in the title of this post have in common is my friend Eldad Keynan, who stopped by the hotel where I am staying in Haifa and spoke to my students as well as me. He brought me some fruit from his garden (sheseq, which a quick internet search informed me [Read More…]

Caesarea Maritimia, Acre and Haifa

Today was our first day of touring, and it felt pretty full, although the tour guide at the end of the day said that tomorrow will be a full day, and so apparently it is possible to at least try to squeeze even more in. Today was a visit to completely new places for all [Read More…]

Hakon Borresen – Symphony No. 2 in A Major “The Sea” Op. 7 (1904)

Even as someone who has a particular love for Scandinavian music of the early 20th century, I must confess that Hakon Borresen is not a composer who was familiar to me. Enjoy this symphony of his as you watch the sun set on an alien world… [Read more…]

Hotel Kibbutz Shefayim

We reached our hotel, and on the way in the bus the tour guide shared a bit about practical considerations and logistics, what we will be doing tomorrow, and so on. At the hotel we had time to freshen up before eating a buffet dinner with food that was for the most part not too [Read More…]

Postcolonial Krotons

My recent post on the Doctor Who episode “The Krotons” has been shared at the Journal of Postcolonial Networks [Read more…]

Arrival in Tel Aviv

We have made it to Tel Aviv! Our flight was about an hour late leaving JFK. It was probably thanks to some of the initial delay that Maddie was able to catch the flight, since her flight to JFK was delayed. There was fog at JFK which was probably a major cause of both delays. [Read More…]

Peder Gram – Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 35 (1954)

A 20th century composer from Denmark. You may not expect to like “classical” music, but keep in mind that technically this isn’t “classical” – it is modern music of the late Romantic style, from a period which also shaped what has become characteristic film music. And so it is unsurprising that the person who shared [Read More…]

At JFK Airport in New York

  Off we go! I took the photo above near the gate in Indianapolis, but did not have time to post it before we left. We have arrived at JFK airport and made our way to the gate where our departure to Tel Aviv should be. We are so early that it is not listed [Read More…]

Off to Israel

I’m off to Israel today with a group of students from Butler University. I hope to post photos and updates here regularly. There is also a blog I’ve set up specifically for this trip, where not only I but the students can post as well. And so if you want to keep an eye on [Read More…]

Fringe: For Scientists Playing God, Creating a Universe Can Take Longer Than 6 Days

The season finale of Fringe focused on religious themes from the outset and continued throughout. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it yet. William Bell turned out in this timeline to be behind the activities of David Robert Jones and the attempt to collapse the two universes and create a new one. In the season [Read More…]