The Valley of the Kings, located on the western bank of the Nile River opposite modern-day Luxor, had long been a site of "antiquity tourism," dating all the way back to the time of the Roman Empire. Housing the principal burial location for many major royal figure in the Egyptian New Kingdom, as well as … Continue reading The Curse of Tutankhamen?
This is my favorite time of year. After a long, hot New Mexico summer, there's a certain relief when fall finally arrives. The nights get cool, the leaves change hue, and I can finally-FINALLY-wear jeans without feeling as I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. But also...it's spooky season. Ever since I was … Continue reading You Have Nothing to Fear…Except for God.
It was foggy on the morning of October 21, 1966. Not that that was unusual for the small Welsh village of Aberfan. It had been raining for weeks, but that wasn't unusual either for an area that received over 60 inches a year. It was dreary and misty, yes. But also full of excitement. Because, … Continue reading The Tragedy at Aberfan
"She started it!" "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!" "Nu-uh!" If you're a parent, I bet you're cringing right now. And, even if you're not, my guesses are you might be, too. Because we've all been there, either with our children, the children of others, or even in the memories of our own childhood. A … Continue reading When Sin Seems Justified
On October 3, 1849, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun named Joseph W. Walker decided to head to Gunner Hall's, which had been set up at polling station for the day's election. Thinking he'd gauge the vibe or catch a whiff of public sentiment, he knew the public house would be a great place to … Continue reading Quoth the Raven: “Huh?”
When we think of heroes of the faith, there are many names that come to mind. Abraham, Noah, David, Peter, Paul. But one man who doesn't get enough credit is John. No, not John the disciple. I'm talking about the other John, the original John, the first John (okay, not, like, the first John ever … Continue reading The Most Faithful Doubter In History
On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy, a shoemaker and social activist, walked into the Press Street Depot in New Orleans, bought a first-class ticket to Covington, Louisiana, and boarded the East Louisiana Railroad’s Number 8 train--all with the full expectation of being forced off the train or arrested—or both. That's because Plessy was a black … Continue reading The Little Rock Nine
My daughter loves to pray. There is no sweeter sound in the world to me than her small voice speaking to Jesus. What's even sweeter is that she's still learning to pray so much of her verbiage comes from words and phrases she's heard others speak. She ends every prayer with "in Your Mighty and … Continue reading I Want To Be God’s Favorite
In February 1945, with World War II dragging into its sixth year, the United States Navy entered a contract with a team of scientists at Harvard University to build a computer. Having been impressed by a demonstration of the Mark I, an electromechanical computer used to study implosions for the Manhattan Project, Navy higher-ups believed … Continue reading Computer Slow? Check for bugs!
Happy book birthday to my newest release, 'Come Down Somewhere'! For fans of WWII fiction comes a powerful novel by Jennifer L. Wright about two young women coming of age during the Trinity nuclear bomb test in 1945.Sixteen-year-old Olive Alexander has lived on a ranch in the Jornada del Muerto region of southern New Mexico … Continue reading Happy Release Day to ‘Come Down Somewhere’!