Category Archives: Off Beat

The Lighter Side: The “Trip” within “The Trip”

Okay, as an academic I have introduced many academic groups to the “Historical Geography” of the Holy Land.  These classes have included pre–trip readings and map markings, lectures, field trips, and exams—serious stuff.  On the other hand, I am well–aware that although most of the students (young and old) are “onboard” with what we are doing, sometimes they have different agendas (other than “academics,” like basking on the beach, meeting the local folk, etc.).

A few years ago a number of young (“A” students) produced the following—all the while really engaging with all the “academic” material.

In the video you may see some of the places that you visited on your trip(s) to Israel.  BTW – I am “featured” very briefly at 00:01 and 2:45  and check the gymnast at 1:20 on Mount Gerizim.

BTW1: this blog will self destruct in four days!
BTW2: I disavow all knowledge with regard to the filming or production of this video.

 

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A Moving “Behind the Scenes” Story

Some of us here in the USA follow American football as an interesting diversion.  I am a “long-suffering” Minnesota Viking fan and am ever hopeful as my favorite team begins preparation for the season.

Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, left, jumps after blocking a pass from Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland, right, in third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, left, jumps after blocking a pass from Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland, right, in third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

I found the above on the Daily Norseman web site and was very moved by the ESPN “behind–the–scenes” story of Mackensie Alexnader whom the Vikings selected in the second round part of the “draft” from Clemson University.

Usually all we see is the sterile analysis of what a person like this might do for the team—positive features and faults!  The stories that I read seem to portray Alexander as very “brash” and “in-your-face” confident, but to see the story behind this person opens up a whole new perspective on him and others who are hoping to make it into the “big time.”

The six-minute segment focuses on the life of the cornerback, who since the age of 10 has helped his family [from Haiti] to make a living by picking oranges in the family’s orange grove in Immokalee, Florida. The segment first aired on the 9 AM Central time edition of SportsCenter.

It’s not every day you get a look into the life of someone like this. I’m sure that this segment will give us a different perspective on our newest young cornerback.

Breaking the Rules — A Contest

At a site in Israel, where this picture was taken, Jesus and/or his disciples broke both of these rules.

SignWhere is this place and what happened there?  Record your answer in the comment section.  The first to get it correct will receive a copy of my The Essential Bible Atlas.

Contest closes Wednesday 12:00 noon CDT.

4,000th Image Posted

On Thursday (22 August) we loaded our 4,000th image!

Carl Rasmussen Copyright and Contact

Mary at Nemrut Dag with one of her friends!

This is my lovely wife Mary who has traveled with me through thick and thin (including two Middle East wars) at Nemrut Dagi with one of the lion’s heads on the eastern terrace.

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I’d like to thank Jesse Gavin who has designed the http://www.HolyLandPhotos.org web site and has kept it up and running for over 10 years!  And Mark Connally who has graciously provided many of the images of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.

If you have found the site useful we would love to hear from you.

Carl Rasmussen