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Walking the Way of the Cross

It was just 4 a.m. when the tour group climbed aboard their bus at the hotel. This would be a solemn day in Jerusalem, the day they were walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, through the streets of the old city. 952 more words

Travel

Duke of Wellington? Hmmm...

Last week, when I went to London, I visited Apsley House,  also known as Number One, London. It is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington and, although it is now a museum, the 8th Duke still uses some of it as a residence. 180 more words

History

The Great Year Theory

Seeing the past as a series of hefty dates has its uses. It arrests the flow of history and helps us take stock of the maelstrom of events whirling about the room. 42 more words

Government

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

by Jared Diamond (Norton, 1999, 1997)

This book was one of the recommended readings for a Coursera MOOC I took last fall (A Brief History of Humankind, taught by Yuval Noah Harari of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), which is not surprising. 452 more words

Non-fiction

Past History Repeating Itself? Scary Stuff!

This was in USA Today:

Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

Oren Dorell, USA TODAY7:49 p.m. EDT April 17, 2014

(Photo: The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism) 801 more words

In the Quiet of the After

Today is Good Friday, it is the morning and it is wonderfully quiet: the quiet after the storm.

Yesterday, the remnants of tropical cyclone Ita battered New Zealand, smashing caravans, flooding rivers, causing slips and toppling giant trees across houses. 796 more words

Memoir