July 7, 2018

If you are looking for a quick (although there are some 400 or so pages), but in many ways troubling examination of the plight of students caught up in massive debt from their education, and suckered into some sort of for profit paper mill of an online or on campus school (think Trump University), then this is the novel for you. Here’s the summary on Amazon—- “Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make... Read more

July 6, 2018

Ant Man and the Wasp is one of the better summer action flicks this season. It runs 118 minutes, and there is really little or nothing in it that is not family friendly. No bad language, actually not much violence, nobody dies….. and if you like the characters, it’s a lot of fun. I am rather partial to this Marvel story line, and yes I enjoyed the Stan Lee obligatory cameo where he laments being so old, after so enjoying... Read more

July 6, 2018

James Patterson is a well known writer of thrillers, and many times on the NY Times and other best seller lists. This time he has teamed up with a surprise co-author. Bill Clinton! (Yes, that William Jefferson Clinton). I do not recall other previous presidents writing thrillers, but in any case, this one is a corker! I could not put it down, even though it weighs in at well over 500 pages. Here is the brief summary of the novel... Read more

July 5, 2018

Lindsey Davis is one of the most gifted writers about the Greco-Roman world, and in particular about Rome and its complexities that is out there. She is witty, has excellent prose style, makes the learning of that world fun, and has vivid and interesting characters dealing with the period of the late first century A.D. during the reign of the Flavians— Vespasian, Titus, and finally Domitian. This particular novel, set in the late 80s is the second one dealing with... Read more

July 4, 2018

I can think of few things more patriotic on this day than listening to Copland’s wonderful Lincoln Portrait, which of course has been recorded many times. I hope you will listen right through this to where the quotes from Lincoln are offered by the composer of the musical piece himself— Aaron Copland. It’s not about the fireworks and the hot dogs. It’s about the freedom and the democracy, which is under attack from Russia and others these days. God blessed... Read more

July 3, 2018

I confess to having a pet peeve when it comes to Athens and Biblical tours of Athens. The locale of ‘Mars Hill’=the Areopagus is perpetually misidentified. There is a little slippery, dangerous, marble hill with a sign in front of it saying Mars Hill and with the text of the relevant Acts 17 passage at the base of the steps leading up to the acropolis. This is surely not the local of the council meeting at the Areopagus that Paul... Read more

July 2, 2018

Cycladic art and artifacts come from the islands known as the inner and outer Cyclades near Greece. What we know of these islands is that they were populated very early on from peoples from what we call Cyprus and Crete, and in particular the Minoan people. Even as early as 3,000 B.C. they had reached a level of culture that would not soon be matched again. Here is some of the cycladic pottery and human figurines. What is especially interesting... Read more

July 1, 2018

Was Homer color blind? He talks about the ‘wine dark’ seas of the Aegean, and they are dark colored. It’s just that the color is a very dark blue…… I do mean dark blue. The wake of the boat churns up the water and makes it look greener, but if not churned up it is a deep navy blue (can’t call it a Duke blue). And the only way to travel between the islands is this JetBoat—- As you can... Read more

June 30, 2018

Philippi is one of the most interesting sites in Greece, not merely for what it tells us about the Biblical period when it was a Roman colony city that Paul visited and planted a church, but also because it continued to be a center of Christian faith for many years thereafter. This post is about the Byzantine remains of the basilica there. One of the more interesting features of the Christian remains in Philippi is an octagonal church building…. Here’s... Read more

June 29, 2018

After a days worth of looking at artifacts in the Athens museum (some would say I was going to pot….) , evenings in Athens these days are spectacular….. But what really is the Parthenon, and what did it originally look like? We have a rather clear idea in regard to the latter. And now with the acropolis museum it is easier than ever to imagine it. But here in this post, I would just point out the following. The Greek... Read more

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