November 14, 2018

As one gets older, the pleasures of life become, what shall we say, more attenuated? Anyway, food remains a big one even for the AARP crowd. You Hope for the best when you go out to eat at places you’ve never been before… So, here were a few of my culinary experiences whilst working in NY (filming for the History Channel). Firstly, how about a genuine Spanish restaurant (not to be confused with Mexican or Tex-Mex). I’m talking tapas, empanadas,… Read more

November 14, 2018

Here’s a fun blog post by former religion editor for Time Magazine Dick Ostling, now blogging his way into or in retirement. He correctly characterizes the three ring circus that is the SBL/AAR convention upcoming—– “Each year, thousands upon thousands of religion scholars assemble during the days preceding Thanksgiving for simultaneous conventions of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the professional counterpart for Scripture specialists, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). This year, the two organizations gather November 17-20,… Read more

November 13, 2018

Hovering like a giant angel, over the end of the E train line station in lower Manhattan is the Occulus. “The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center Mall replaces the PATH station that was destroyed during 9/11 in 2001. This 800,000 square foot building cost 4 billion dollars, making it the most expensive train stop in the world! With its sleek and modern design, it immediately became an attraction in Lower Manhattan. The transit hall alone is 325 ft long… Read more

November 12, 2018

Sadly, Stan Lee, the architect of my childhood imagination with characters like Spiderman and the Fantastic Four, has passed away. Here is a nice piece in the NY Times from today….. Here’s a brief bio from Wiki today…. Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher. He was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a… Read more

November 12, 2018

The contrast between St. Paul’s Chapel, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is evident both inside and out. One is small and elegant in its simplicity– a brick chapel. The other is a Gothic Cathedral with towering spires. St. Patricks is downtown at 5th and 51rst streets. It’s in the center of traffic and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life. It’s been visited by popes. St. Paul’s is small, hidden in a grove of trees, and too close to the site… Read more

November 11, 2018

One thing you may not know about NY, is it is a very religious place in many ways. Churches old and new are everywhere in Manhattan, and in other boroughs too. This post and the next one is just a few images about the oldest chapel in this part of the world— St. Paul’s Chapel, and one of the most famous ones St. Patrick’s (Catholic) Cathedral. The recent history of this church near the end of the island, is that… Read more

November 10, 2018

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Colorado Convention Center, Room 207, Street Level 20% off with code GOSPELOFLUKE cambridge.org/GOSPELOFLUKE BOOK SIGNING & COFFEE RECEPTION with Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington A landmark commentary on a Christian Gospel, the first ever by a Jew and a Christian together. Ya’ll come!! Read more

November 10, 2018

Of the notable films that came out in mid-October, this film in various ways is the most notable. Filmed as if it were a B film, grainy and bluish in tone, it stars Robert Redford in what he says is his last role, having come full circle from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969— one of my favorites), to once again play a bank robber! The stellar Sissy Spacek plays his love interest, and Casey Affleck chimes in as… Read more

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