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September 22, 2005 | 39 comments

Let me describe to you what the grocery store was like today. Read more »

Report on Incident #C40859

September 18, 2005 | 6 comments


Health Care: What to Do?

September 15, 2005 | 121 comments

This from a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research Educational Trust: “The average cost of health insurance for a family of four has soared past $10,800 — exceeding the annual income of a minimum-wage earner, according to a survey released Wednesday.” Read more »

Quail and the Superdome

September 4, 2005 | 227 comments

I will frankly admit that I have been sickened by the lack of compassion for those victimized by Hurricane Katrina that I’ve seen in some corners of the Bloggernacle. Read more »

Book Review: I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
Book Review:  I Love Mormons:  A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

The techniques that Evangelicals use to convert Mormons to ‘traditional Christianity’ do not work. The same cannot be said for the method proposed by David L. Rowe in his new book. . Read more »

Thinking With Katrina

August 29, 2005 | 35 comments

While my brother and his family are safe in Texas, it appears that all of their possessions and their home in New Orleans will be under water soon. What I am hearing now is that about half of ‘well-contructed homes’ will be destroyed and the city will not be habitable for weeks. One million may be left homeless. Read more »

A Letter to Emma Ray

August 23, 2005 | 24 comments
A Letter to Emma Ray

While David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is nearly perfect in every way, one thing it doesn’t do is provide an intimate portrait of President McKay. That lacuna is partially filled by Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay to Emma Ray McKay. Read more »

Book Review: The Parenting Breakthrough

August 19, 2005 | 37 comments
Book Review:  The Parenting Breakthrough

You just gotta love any book that has a picture of a seven-year-old boy cleaning a toilet on the cover. Read more »

Welcome Gregory Prince

August 16, 2005 | 12 comments

We are excited to welcome Gregory Prince, coauthor of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (published March 2005 and already in its third printing; reviewed here). Welcome, Greg! Read more »

Book Review: The Book: A History of the Bible

August 14, 2005 | 10 comments

I should warn potential readers: there’s a real danger that you will drool on the pages of Christopher de Hamel’s new book. Read more »

Thank You, Kirsten

August 8, 2005 | 13 comments

It’s time to say goodbye to Kirsten and thank her for being an oustanding guest blogger. I appreciate the way that she formulated potentially-explosive and oft-discussed topics in a fresh, creative way that led to great discussions. Thanks, Kirsten, and we hope you’ll continue to stop by and comment. Read more »

Blood on the Doorposts

August 2, 2005 | 142 comments

Let’s call her Sister Jones. We both taught seminary in Northern California a few years ago. I liked her from day one: faithful, funny, and willing to lend out anything from her complete collection of Sunstone back issues. (This was in the days before full Internet access, you see.) Read more »

Flannel Board Lust

July 30, 2005 | 14 comments
Flannel Board Lust

Who knew when I started reading’s new column ‘Object Lust’ that I would fall victim to this deadly sin? Who could have predicted that the object of my attraction would be a flannel board? Read more »

Guest Blogger: Kirsten M. Christensen

July 21, 2005 | 7 comments

I’m pleased to introduce Kirsten M. Christensen as our newest guest blogger. Kirsten has a PhD in Germanic Studies from UT-Austin and has taught at Mount Holyoke College and Notre Dame and is now at Pacific Lutheran University. She’s married to Ted Warren (who may have the most interesting job of anyone I know) and she has two adorable, smart, precious boys, Grayson and Hal. Read more »


July 20, 2005 | 17 comments

Griping about endless crafts at Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting is a Bloggernacle staple. I’d like to try something different. Read more »

Book Review: A Feminist Introduction to Paul

July 5, 2005 | 19 comments

Here’s a sentence I wouldn’t have expected to find in a Deseret Book: If Emerson was right that a stubborn insistence on consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, then Paul’s place among the larger intellects of Western thought must be reckoned as secure. Read more »

Book Review: Qualities That Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle

June 19, 2005 | 11 comments
Book Review:  Qualities That Count:  Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle

Heber J. Grant’s insomnia may have been the best thing to happen to the study of early twentieth century Church history. Read more »

Lifestyles of the Middle Class and Boring

June 11, 2005 | 20 comments
Lifestyles of the Middle Class and Boring

I figure that if Nate can go on and on and on about his garden, I might be indulged if I take you on a tour of my house. Read more »

An Open Letter to the Graphics Director of the Ensign

May 31, 2005 | 328 comments

The pictures accompanying this month’s cover story entitled “Strengthening Future Mothers” make my heart hurt. Read more »

Family Fun: Temples

May 16, 2005 | 8 comments

This Sunday is the dedication of the San Antonio Temple. My husband and I will get to participate in the dedication from our stake center, but it’s going to be one loooong day for my boys, who struggle with the Sabbath even when four hours of it is eaten up with Church meetings. So I’ve come up with a lengthy list of things they can do, with the hope of keeping them from eating the curtains and, oh yes, making the Temple dedication meaningful for them. I thought I’d go ahead and post the list for anyone looking for... Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet

May 14, 2005 | 37 comments
Book Review:   David O. McKay:  Beloved Prophet

I have mixed feelings about the very presence of Woodger’s David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet. On the one hand, as someone who wants to read biographies of all of the prophets of this dispensation, I’m always happy to see a new addition to the fold. While there are other biographies of President McKay, the pickings are pretty slim–and expensive (but see post below). Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

May 14, 2005 | 44 comments
Book Review:   David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

Yes, I’m reviewing two books on David O. McKay. My original intention was to review them together (and explore the larger issue of writing faith-promoting as opposed to warts-and-all history), but I decided that wouldn’t be fair. It didn’t seem fair because David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet is a credible entry in the well-established subgenre of LDS biography. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. But David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is a category killer. Read more »

The Cheerio Incident

May 7, 2005 | 7 comments

Seven years ago, when my oldest son was just a baby, I decided that I would use his naptimes to work on a book. I planned on turning my thesis into something relevant for an LDS audience and writing additional chapters about the other women’s stories in Mark’s Gospel. So each day, after putting down the baby for his nap, I’d drag out all of my books and papers and notes and try to focus. And it seemed that every day, just as soon as I got into the groove of what I was doing, I’d hear “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” and... Read more »

Book Review: A Statistical Profile of Mormons: Health, Wealth, and Social Life

May 2, 2005 | 43 comments

Anyone and everyone interested in Mormon Studies should read this book. Read more »