In a little over a month I will heading back to Israel for a 13 day trip that will include a few days in Jordan. The last time I was in Israel was February of 2008 when I was privileged to be the guest of the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar. Pictures from that trip can be found at: my flickr site.
One of the things that I hope to do is blog everyday about the trip. I usually write a diary, but instead I will do it online. I hope that this will provide some type of written journal not only for me but also for all those who join me on this trip.
One of the things that I am most excited about is the opportunity to return to Jordan. I am not even certain when the last time I was there, but I would guess it was close to 10 years ago.
One of the things that I like to do on this blog is keep up to date on the books I have been reading. I have been very dilatory in posting my reviews, and I doubt I will ever go back and do it. So let me just share some of the books that I remember that I have read this summer.
Imperium by Robert Harris (very good story about Ancient Rome)
Pictures at A Revolution by Mark Harris (Wonderful history of Hollywood in 1967 and how that year transformed Hollywood forever.
Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg (Challenging book about how Christian words have lost their original meanings.)
Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller (Miller is an author who often speaks my language, and when he doesn't he really gets me thinking --- I would highly recommend his books!)
Harvard Yard by William Martin (Fun historical fiction about the history of Harvard)
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler (Don't waste your time!!!)
In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson (Wow, I have loved everything that I have read from Larson and this one is no exception. This is the story of an American diplomat during the rise of Hitler in Germany, 1933. For any history buffs, this is a must read!)
The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbreck (This may be the definitive book on Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. It has made me want to travel to see the sights.)
Fire and Rain by David Browne (Great follow up to Pictures at a Revolution because this book follows the careers of The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY in 1970. This book was a lot of fun and brought back lots of great memories!)
Sacred Trash by Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman (OK, you have to be a little off to enjoy this book, and I did, since it is the story of the discovery of ancient texts from a Cairo Geniza. You really have to be into archaeology and the back story to get into a book like this.)
I also just recently completed two books about Bicycle Touring. One about touring on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the other about touring the Natchez Trace. I plan on riding the Natchez Trace next summer, now I just have to get a bike!
I am sure I have forgotten a few books along the way. I am going to try to do better and post regularly so that I don't fall so far behind, and so that I get in the habit before the trip to Israel.