Archive for June 7th, 2013

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is my favorite place in the world. They say there is no place like home. As a Christian, my home is in Heaven and the New Jerusalem. I’ve been afforded the honor and privilege to visit Jerusalem three times.

In 1998 I took a course in Historical and Geographical Sites of the Bible at Jerusalem University College. In 1999 I led a group back to Israel for a twelve day tour and in 2009 my husband and I spent twenty-five nights within the ancient walls of the Old City. This is how On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City came about. I loved living that book!

In The Lane Trilogy someone goes to Israel in each book.



Jerusalem University College, also known as the American Institute of Holy Land Studies, is an extension campus in Jerusalem for approximately 85 regionally or professionally accredited Christian universities, colleges and seminaries located throughout the world.  JUC is also an independent graduate degree granting institution of higher education in Israel.  Founded in 1957 as a graduate institution, the school now provides both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to study the Christian Scriptures in the context of the land where the events occurred as well as the languages, social and political culture, religions and historical relationships of the Middle East. Click here for more information.

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Montezuma’s Castle

These amazing ruins near Sedona, Arizona demonstrate just how ingenious the natives who lived here were.


However, the explorers who discovered these ruins were not so ingenious because these ruins have nothing to do with Montezuma!






The name “Montezuma Castle” was coined by early white settlers in the mistaken belief that the ruins were associated with Montezuma. (Montezuma was the ruler of the Aztec empire from 1502 to 1520, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.)

Although known to locals for many years, the site was not investigated in a scientific manner until the late 1800s, at which time certain sections were already in danger of collapse. The Arizona Antiquarian Association undertook some emergency repairs between 1896 and 1900, but little other official attention was paid until Theodore Roosevelt declared both Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well a national monument in 1906. In 1927 the National Park Service undertook a major stabilization project, in an attempt to repair damage done by almost a century of uncontrolled looting and digging by treasure hunters. Tourists were allowed to enter the ruin via a series of wooden ladders up until 1951. Click here for more information.

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