Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Dark Foundations : a book review


I enjoyed this book much more than the first of the series, as the plot finally "thickens" as the old saying goes. Not only were the main characters fleshed out so were new ones, such as the invading forces. Over all, it was a much better read, a quicker pace, and a deeper insight into both plot and people. The last lines of the book especially left me eager for the next book. "You know how you said people would follow met to he gates of hell? .... you'd better find them; that's where we're going."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Moses at Sight and Sound

A few days ago, I got to see the newest play at Sight and Sound Theaters in PA.  The much anticipated play was Moses.  What I love about their plays is their ability to stay true to the Biblical story while adding just enough to allow even the audience, whether they know the Bible or not to personally identify with the characters.  Of course the gorgeous sets, costumes, music, and animals are wonderful to see as well.
As with all the plays, their are little things that stand out. For instance, I never made the connection of how hard it must have been for Mose to go from being an Egyptian noble to a shepherd. I'm not just talking about the work and poverty, I'm talking about the cultural hatred ancient Egyptians had toward shepherds due to an invasion of a shepherding people years in Egypt's past.
Another amazing part of the play is how after each plague a statue of the god the plague had mocked would shatter; after the frogs came , for instance, the fertility frog god statue crumbled.
There's so much  more I can say but I don't want to ramble or spoil the show; just go see it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Anthracite Heritage Museum

This past weekend my friend and I visited The Anthracite Heritage Museum .   I had been there once before for an elementary field trip, but have wanted to go back. I love museums and am fortunate that my local area has a few.  
I was surprised how much was inside. I expected the obvious, coal cars, miner's hats, documents, but there was so much more. There was a whole wing about the local textile industry. 
And another detailing the lives of  miners and their families.
A miner's home

miner's church   

Their were also displays detailing the variety  of immigrants that made up the mining community. 
Irish history book

It was a fascinating look into the industry that shaped the local community. Several of the ethnic groups still thrive in the area and it was all thanks to the coal .