Black Friday Adventure

Don’t usually shop much on Black Friday because I don’t like crowds.

Black Friday Adventure

But this year I ventured downtown to a quiet camera shop on the square where I was the first customer of the day, and the only customer for awhile. I bought a new zoom lens for my camera, the lens was on sale.



Exploring Digital Frontiers

Part of being a journalist is having the opportunity to be able to ask anybody, anything. That’s part of the job. But sometimes it’s possible to go beyond that, and actually spend some time with people who are doing amazing things. That’s what happened yesterday.

Brent Seales, who got his PhD at the UW Madison 25 years ago, returned to Madison for a lecture at the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society. But he also spent some time on campus talking with students and professors, and me. It was a great day.

By way of background, here’s a video that details his research, at the University of Kentucky, where he is professor and chairman of the Computer Science Department. His work involves digitally unrolling scrolls that have been damaged far beyond any possibility of reading their contents.

Brent Seales

Brent Seales,  describing the synagogue at Engedi, where a carbonized scroll was found in 1972, which he was able to digitally unroll and read in 2015. Over the noon hour he spoke to an audience of professor and grad students in the Computer Science building on the US campus.


The Last Road Trip – of the Year

I like road trips and I like to visit my granddaughters. So deciding how to travel to a staff conference in Orlando was easy, I could drive and visit granddaughter Eden on the way.


Got an early start and made it through Chicago before rush hour. By the time the sun was coming up, I was driving through the windmill fields of northwestern Indiana. (more…)

Urbana 15 – Behind the Scenes


Every three years the ministry I work for sponsors a student missions conference to help college students and others discover what God is doing in the world, and how they can be a part of it. For many years the conference was held on the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus, and came to be called Urbana.

Urbana is an incredible experience and a little bit overwhelming. It was at Urbana where I first heard the phrase, 36 years ago, “it’s like trying to take a sip from a firehose.” (more…)

Horicon – The Amazing Marsh of the Migratory Waterfowl


Welcome to Horicon Marsh

Welcome to Horicon Marsh

Living in Wisconsin my entire life still has not been enough time to see all of the amazing features of this beautiful state. Despite having lived in Oshkosh at one time, I have never visited Horicon Marsh, the nation’s largest freshwater cattail marsh and one of the Seven Wonders of Wisconsin (allegedly, I haven’t been able to find the complete list yet).

So last Saturday my friend and colleague Jonathan Rice joined me as we reconnoitered this beautiful natural resource for North American migratory waterfowl. (more…)

Jerusalem & Bethlehem, TB&TS Tour Report #7

The Old Cityscape

The Old Cityscape
Our first stop on our first morning in Jerusalem was, where else, the Mount of Olives and the world-famous vista: the Old City walls, dating to the 16th century, with the Dome of the Rock (7th century) and Al Aksa mosque (8th century) in the foreground. (more…)

Nazareth to Jerusalem, TB&TS Tour Report #6

City on a Hill

City on a Hill

We left the Sea of Galilee and headed for Jesus’ hometown. We traveled, in a general sense, the route that Jesus took from his ministry base in Capernaum to his home town of Nazareth. Instead of walking along a trail (which you can do if you have the time) we took the 4-lane highway. (more…)