Favorite Pic of the Eclipse from EarthSky.com

OK. When you write fiction, you lose track of time … place … and maybe even … reality. I really intended to see the eclipse … but I was writing. I even had my vegetable strainer ready to show the crescents without looking. See the strainer example! So here is my daily connection to the […]

An Unexpected Gift That Made Me Squeal!

  Among the emails today, I opened one that caused me to squeal! Really loud! Dr. Bryant Wood sent me an endorsement for my novel Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer!     The Dr. Bryant Wood in the brown hat: our dig director in this picture from our dig square at Khirbet el-Maqatir of […]

My Time as a Dry Sifter

  Dr. Byars gave us a job at the dry-sifting station for the rest of the day. Poles were set up like a swing set with rectangular boxed screens suspended from the top pole by chains connected to a roller atop the crosspiece. We received labelled buckets of dirt from various squares. We dumped a […]

“Up in the Morning … Out on the Dig …”

DAILY JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL, 2017 June 12, 2017, THE DIG AT SHILOH   How is your Monday morning routine? How about trying the routine of an archaeologist? “Up in the morning … out on the dig … workin’ like an archaeologist’s helper all day. And the lucky old sun … ain’t got nothin’ […]

Newbies: Nine Fresh Diggers

DAILY JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL, 2017   June 11, 2017   Dana’s family arrived about 6 a.m. … totally zonked. It was cruel and unusual punishment to make them stay up past 5 p.m. after travel and long lay-over in London.   But we’re all here now!   Ready  for our first day at […]

The Via Dolorosa and the Ladder to Nowhere

DAILY JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL, 2017 June 10, 2017   We split up our family on this day. The younger ones walked from our hotel to the Mt of Olives. They essentially took the taxi’s route from yesterday in reverse. So my dearest and I went to the street labelled Via Dolorosa and went […]

Not A Pointy-Top?

An addendum to Journal of Trip to Israel 2017 Clarifying the topography of Mt. Moriah from exhibits at Tower of David Museum of History of Jerusalem. Mt. Moriah is not a pointy-top mountain. Instead, it is a “rocky plateau” according to Jeremiah 21:13 (NIV). And according to the bronze three dimensional map at the Tower […]

Tower of David Museum of Jerusalem

DAILY JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL, 2017   On Friday, June 9, we explored Old Jerusalem on our own and roamed through the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. From the name on the tourist’s map and on the brochure we picked up, our self-guided tour led us to some wrong conclusions. […]