Collecting postcards from the Middle East

British Museum blog

Postcard with a view of a camel train, AdenSt John Simpson, curator, British Museum

Just send us a postcard! This short catchphrase is poised to enter history across the world; today, mobile phones, text messages, emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the media used to help connect people and share images and experiences.

The postcard is not quite dead but it is certainly endangered and it’s for that reason that we have decided to formally add them to the list of objects that we collect, register, acknowledge donor details, scan and upload onto the British Museum collection online.

Moreover, postcards are very evocative objects. The images are loaded with significance and capture moments in time, and this applies equally to cards showing places, landscapes and people. Indeed, the more postcards one has of a particular place, the more powerful they become in charting its history and exploring the practical issues of how the view was arrived at…

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We are the Chicago Sun-Times photography department

We are the Chicago Sun-Times photography department

We are the Chicago Sun-Times photography department

After the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photography department, CNN commissioned former staffer Brian Powers to shoot this series of portraits of his colleagues holding something meaningful from their careers. Several of the photographers said they feel like they lost more than just a job.

Short Video: David’s battlefield up close

Bible, Archaeology, and Travel with Luke Chandler

Since this is our last year to excavate in the Elah valley in Israel, I made a short, up-close video of David’s battlefield with Goliath. You can “be there” as we go over the events of 1 Samuel 17.


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Project #1: Archaeological Dig at Ashkelon, Israel

Trent and Rebekah reporting on the archaeological excavations at Ashkelon in Israel

Trent and Rebekah

Rebekah posted a few days ago about an upcoming adventure.  I look at this more as a project, actually.  We have three projects coming soon, of which this is the first.  We thought these projects might interest you, so here we are.

First off, our apologies for the misleading last post.  We truly intended to continue posting continuing content concerning history, culture, art, nature, and such.  We’ve been busy since the last trip and we just could not make the time for it (as we were busy with these projects, among other things of life).

So, what’s the project?  Let’s say you are greatly interested in ancient history and archaeology, particularly in the timeframe of Biblical settings. What is one of the best ways to learn about this history and archaeology?  Rebekah and I asked this question many months ago and the answer landed us (figuratively and literally) on the…

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Praying Atheists – Washington Post

Praying Atheists – Washington Post

Praying Atheists – Washington Post

By  — 24 June 2013

Some excerpts:

New research on atheists by the Pew Research Center shows a range of beliefs. Eighteen percent of atheists say religion has some importance in their life, 26 percent say they are spiritual or religious and 14 percent believe in “God or a universal spirit.” Of all Americans who say they don’t believe in God — not all call themselves “atheists” — 12 percent say they pray.


Atheists deny religion’s claim of a supernatural god but are starting to look more closely at the “very real effect” that practices such as going to church, prayer and observance of a Sabbath have on the lives of the religious, said Paul Fidalgo, a spokesman for the secular advocacy group the Center for Inquiry. “That’s a big hole in atheist life,” he said. “Some atheists are saying, ‘Let’s fill it.’ Others are saying, ‘Let’s not.’ ”


Gordon Melton, a historian of new American religions, said that it’s only been in the past decade that atheists have become organized and the range of their views has therefore become more known. Sociologists have also just begun asking more complex questions about faith to a wider range of respondents.

Stanley Cup winning ‘Hawks pile on praise for Crawford

Corey Crawford is a class act! Really tired of hearing about how all the other teams’ goalies are (were) so much better.

Rask in disbelief after ‘shocking’ Chicago comeback

Well-deserved — really tired of hearing about how the other guys’ goalies are so much better.

Facebook site for Tell el-Amarna

Ferrell's Travel Blog

Some archaeological projects have Facebook pages. Check out this one on the Egyptian site of Tell el-Amarna here.

This letter dates to the reign of Amenophis III (1391-1353 B.C.).

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Can you be a lady without being modest?

Read this!


I saw a girl over my lunch break the other day that was wearing a teeny-tiny little dress.  It was a strapless dress that she kept tugging to stay up, and it barely covered her bottom when she sat down.  With summer upon us, I think it is an excellent time to talk about modesty.  Last summer I was at a baseball game on the 4th of July in Kansas City and it was HOT.  It was so hot and humid and miserable that I wanted to strip down to my underwear and run through a sprinkler.  But I do know even though it is difficult and takes effort, it is possible to dress modestly even on the hottest days.

shortswhite dressgreen dresscutoffs

(striped top from shabby apple, white dress from etsy, green dress from shabby apple vest outfit from a pretty penny)

“But I tell you that anyone…

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A HYMN FOR TODAY – Ah, Holy Jesus


Ah, holy Jesus, how have You offended,
That mortal judgment has on You descended?
By foes derided, by Your own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon You?
It is my treason, Lord, that has undone You.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied You;
I crucified You.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave has sinned, and yet the Son has suffered
For my atonement, though I nothing heeded,
God interceded.

For me, kind Jesus, was Your incarnation,
Your mortal sorrow and Your life’s oblation,
Your death of anguish and Your bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, dear Jesus, since I cannot pay You,
I do adore You, and will ever pray You,
Think on Your pity and Your love unswerving,
Not my deserving. – Johann Heermann, 1630                                                                                                       trans. Robert S. Bridges, 1899                                                                                                          Tune: HERZLIEBSTER JESU – Johann Crueger, 1640                                                                            #228 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012