If Only Andy Were Here…

If Only Andy Were Here…

Few television shows have retained their popularity as long as “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ran for 249 episodes between 1960 and 1968, and continues to play in reruns more than 60 years later. The program was set in a simpler time in a small North Carolina town...
The Power of Monsters

The Power of Monsters

It’s early September, and one of the houses we pass on our neighborhood walk already has a ghost on their front door. They must like Halloween a lot more than we do. We have two pumpkins already, but only because the vine volunteered from our compost soil, and we let...
Credit Where Credit Is Due

Credit Where Credit Is Due

I was pleasantly surprised when the most recent issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) arrived, and a small image of a bronze figurine I’d uncovered at Lachish was at the top of the cover. The magazine, a popular account of archaeological finds of interest to...
Balancing Trees

Balancing Trees

I walked out to get the paper early one recent morning and found a tree service crew gathering across the street. They had four trees to remove and weren’t wasting any time. My neighbor walked over to explain that one large oak was leaning dangerously toward his...
Mushrooming Change

Mushrooming Change

Our last summer outing took Susan and me to the North Georgia mountains, where we spent most of a week avoiding a touristy town in favor of hiking trails. One fine morning, on a rambling path near a mountain lake, we noticed the deep yellow trumpet shape of...