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Linger Longer

January 13, 2005 | 23 comments

As of this writing, the average visitor to Times & Seasons spends 7 minutes and 28 seconds on the site. In blogtime, that is simply unparalleled. Read more »

Especially For Youth

January 13, 2005 | 25 comments

Today is the first day of registration for Especially For Youth, and I am waiting in the queue: #276 of 325 people waiting in line. Read more »

Fast Offerings: Are Mormons Stingy?

January 4, 2005 | 48 comments

People have been talking a lot about stinginess lately. With tithing settlement still fresh in my mind, I have been pondering the issue of Mormon generosity. Read more »

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2005 | 3 comments

I was waiting for someone else to post the obligatory new year’s post, and to say something really clever. Read more »

Picking Battles: Reflections on Parenting

December 28, 2004 | 16 comments

As a father of two teenagers with three more children in the pipeline, I have received — and continue to receive — plenty of parenting advice. One bit of advice that I hear over and over is this: pick your battles. Standing in the middle of this experience, I haven’t yet decided whether this advice is merely self-evident encouragement, truly insightful parenting counsel, or complete hogwash. I am leaning toward the hogwash hypothesis. Read more »

Demystifying Prophetic Counsel

December 27, 2004 | 106 comments

Here is an empirical claim for which I have no support, other than my own observations: many Mormons inappropriately mystify revelation. Read more »

President Hinckley on Larry King “Live” Tonight!

December 26, 2004 | 34 comments
President Hinckley on Larry King “Live” Tonight!

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“December is run by women”

December 24, 2004 | 7 comments

Very little regarding Christmas happens in the Smith household without my wife’s instigation. Although I enjoy our Christmas traditions, I too often free-ride on her efforts. Read more »

Ward Christmas Parties … Bah, Humbug!

December 20, 2004 | 23 comments

This does not sound like fun. Then again, that’s to be expected at the ward Christmas party. Read more »

Tithing Settlement

December 13, 2004 | 35 comments

Last year at this time I posted on the topic of “Tithing Settlement.” Although I strive to avoid repetitive posting, I trust that most of our current readers were not around at the time, and I never received an answer to my question. So I am trying again. Read more »

Thanks, Jed!

December 13, 2004 | 10 comments

Jed W.’s term as a guest blogger has come to a close, and I am sure that I speak for all us in thanking him for his insightful and provocative posts. I learned in Church today that Jed and his wife Shauna are expecting their first child next summer. The current debate in the W. household is whether to discover their child’s gender before the birth. I am quite certain that Jed and Shauna would appreciate your insights on this issue. In the meantime, best of luck to Jed. We hope that you will not be a stranger. Read more »


December 8, 2004 | 9 comments

Yesterday the W$J ran a story on “microinequities” — “the subtle putdowns, snubs, dismissive gestures and sarcastic tones that can sap motivation.” Life is full of microinequities, and Church life is not a safe haven. Read more »

BYU’s Pursuit of Football Excellence

December 8, 2004 | 76 comments

Since Lavell Edwards retired, BYU’s football program has entered the arms race that is major college football. Read more »

Times & Seasons Around the World

December 7, 2004 | 15 comments
Times & Seasons Around the World

By adding Wilfried as a permablogger a few weeks ago, we not only gained an interesting colleague, but extended Times & Seasons beyond the borders of the United States. Over the past 24 hours, I have been tracking traffic at Times & Seasons to get a glimpse at our readership around the world. Here is what I found. Read more »

“Old Nick”

December 6, 2004 | 24 comments

I was just reading a new blog for Mormon teens called “The Greenies,” and LJ used “Old Nick” as an alternative appellation for Satan. Read more »

A Balanced Life is the Devil’s Workshop

December 4, 2004 | 18 comments

Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, currently President of Caltech, abhors the balanced life. He thinks it is destroying America. Read more »

“Visitors Welcome”

December 2, 2004 | 116 comments

CBS and NBC have refused to air an ad from the United Church of Christ on grounds that it is “too controversial.” The message of the advertisement is one that I hope we would embrace, but I am not so sanguine about that. Read more »

Ken Jennings Finally Stumbles

November 30, 2004 | 20 comments

The streak is over: Ahead by $4,400 going into “Final Jeopardy,” Final Jeopardy!, Jennings stumbled on this Business and Industry clue: Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year. Jennings wrongly answered, “What is FedEx?” real estate agent Nancy Zerg of Ventura, Calif., responded, “What is H&R Block?” making her the new champ — and a likely future Jeopardy! answer. (She finished with $14,401; Jennings fell to $8,799.) Congratulations on a great run, Ken. For our 12 Questions with Ken, see here and here. Read more »

Welcome New Guest Blogger, Jed W.

November 30, 2004 | no comments

I am very pleased to introduce our newest guest blogger, Jed W. Besides being the Scoutmaster in my ward, Jed is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, where he is studying the history of education on his way to a dual degree in American history and educational policy. He is originally from Bountiful, Utah and his undergraduate degree is from BYU. While there he worked for three years as an editor at BYU Studies and another year on the Papers of Joseph Smith project, which was run through the Joseph Fielding Smith Insitute for Latter-day Saint... Read more »

The Church as a Franchise System

November 30, 2004 | 16 comments

In my class on Law & Entrepreneurship, I teach a section that focuses on franchise agreements. We just completed that section last week, and it occurred to me that the Church is a lot like McDonald’s. Read more »

Simple Things

November 28, 2004 | 9 comments

Over the past few days, I have been engaged in some much-needed family immersion. Among other things, I rediscovered the joys of eating jello pudding with children, playing an impromptu “turkey bowl” football game (with players ranging in age from eight to forty-something), and whipping some teenagers at the board game Risk. Read more »

“Ministers of Justice”

November 22, 2004 | 37 comments

Today’s NYT features a story on law schools that promote a religious perspective on law. Not surprisingly, BYU isn’t mentioned. Read more »

Sinning Alone

November 18, 2004 | 28 comments

At a recent conference, I was klatsching with law professors, mostly from my school, when a young law professor in the group related how she was being pursued by another conference attendee. “I always attract married men,” she lamented. “Of course, they all say that they have a bad marriage, but this one is Mormon!” Read more »

A Disturbance in the Force

November 5, 2004 | 9 comments

I was feeling a little jealous of all of these Bloggernacle get-togethers, so I flew to Washington D.C. to meet Matt, Nate, and Kaimi. Read more »