Everyone knows of it. It is ubiquitous for volcanic eruptions in the world. Everyone has heard of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, covering Pompeii with 19 feet (6 meters) of flowing ash, burying everyone and everything in AD 79. It was not truly searched until it was archeologically explored in early 1800s. The sheer size of the … Continue reading Pompeii – No Words are Adequate
Do you know this cemetery exists? I found it searching for cemeteries near Rome. Italian Cypress, Roman Umbrella pines and hedges outline the area. There are 7,861 American graves in ten sections covering 77 acres in Anzio/Nettuno south of Rome on the coast. It was founded two days after the Anzio landing on January 24, … Continue reading Sicily/Rome American Cemetery
“I would never have done that in America!”
Exodus 12:20 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (NIV) We took a winding road down from the heights of Badaling at the Great Wall to Ming Dynasty tombs. We walked a willow tree lined broad lane where emperors walked to visit their ancestors. The light … Continue reading Honor your Ancestors
Genesis 25:8 “Abraham breathed his last, an old man and satisfied with life.” “Another Birthday?” “You are how old”? “You look great!” 39 again? Comments heard at aging celebrations range from teasing, joking, feel-good to morose, “Am I still here?” We all delight in one more year of life as long as it is good, … Continue reading Birthday Hike
Psalms 91:16 “With a long life I will satisfy her and let her behold My salvation.” Living a long life has changed over the centuries. Only a hundred years ago, many more people died in their 40s than now. Now if someone dies in their 60s we say “they were so young.” Only when someone … Continue reading When I am an Old Woman…..
Habakkuk 3:8 “The mountains saw Thee and quaked; the downpour of waters swept by.” New American Standard (NAS) ‘On July 31, 1976, a violent rainstorm sent a rampaging wall of water through Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado, returning it to its primordial state. The massive millennial flood killed 144 residents and visitors at one of Colorado’s … Continue reading Flood Safety