And Now, For Something Completely Different

There were a couple of stories in the news this morning that I thought were interesting, even though they have nothing to do with politics. (So if politics is your only interest–an appalling thought!–skip to the next post.)

My wife and I spent a couple of weeks in Israel ten years ago. It was one of the most interesting experiences of our lives. Among other things, the trip stimulated an interest in archaeology, which, in Israel, is pretty much everywhere. Today, Haaretz reports on the discovery of what could be the world’s oldest Christian church:

The northern inscription mentions a Roman army officer who donated the money to build the floor. The eastern inscription commemorates four women, and the western inscription mentions a woman by the name of Ekeptos, who “donated this table to the God Jesus Christ in commemoration.”

The mosaic also contains geometric patterns and a medallion with a fish design.

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This morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune has in interesting article on the comeback of bison on the Great Plains, including my home state of South Dakota. I think talk about a “Buffalo Commons” is, to put it mildly, premature. But it’s fun to have buffalo herds returning to the prairie, on even a limited basis.
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