Around the World in 80 Days, Day 61: Peru – “The Strangest, Saddest City Thou Can’st See”

  Herman Melville, a travel writer of sorts, was not impressed with Lima.  In his classic Moby Dick, Melville says of the city: “Nor is it, altogether, the remembrance of her cathedral-toppling earthquakes; nor the stampedoes of her frantic seas: nor the tearlessness of arid skies that never rain; nor the sight of her wide … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 16: 9-11, Okinawa, and Remembering Who We Once Were

The burst of our own artillery shells was clearly discernible as they landed on the hill in billows of flame and smoke and the whistle that accompanied them and then the boom of the guns in the rear.  Our ears were filled with the din of the battle and the smell of gunpowder penetrated our … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 14: The Forgotten Battle of Okinawa

On the anniversary of General MacArthur setting foot in Tokyo to begin the American occupation of Japan in 1945, Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show from a place of monumental historical significance: Okinawa. Home to multiple US military bases and some 40,000 American military personnel, Okinawa is the site of one of … Read more

Larry Taunton in the doorway of a ruin

Hiding Places: Secrets the Walls Tell

You’ve heard the saying, “If walls could talk.” It is a sentence fragment, an incomplete thought, a fill-in-the-blank. Perhaps it should be written like this—“If walls could talk…?”—since it is an implied question. Traveling extensively in some of Europe’s ancient cities, this unspoken question—what would they, i.e., the walls, say?—has come to mind many times. … Read more

Eagle and Child

Why the Inklings Still Matter Today

If you drop into The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford today, you’ll find a few humble mementos of the Inklings – that fascinating literary group of Christian intellectuals whose chief figures were C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield. The group famously met there on Tuesdays to read and discuss their unfinished … Read more