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Rhetoric of Usefulness

September 10, 2009 | 24 comments

“Usefulness” was a coveted characteristic Read more »

Too Much Information

August 20, 2009 | 54 comments

My friend was recently invited to an LDS bridal shower, and the invitation came complete with the bride’s personal measurements and sizing. Call me old-fashioned, prudish, and conservative, Read more »

Selfishness Pays (Off)

August 13, 2009 | 36 comments

So, what with Utah’s poor Iowa Test scores, I’ve had a few people asking me how I turned all my children into such voracious little readers. “Did you read to them every day when they were little?” friends query. “Why, no. Of course not,” I respond. “I’m much too selfish for that.” Read more »

Scandalous Lyrics

June 11, 2009 | 44 comments

The 1980s hit “You’re the Inspiration” makes me think of metallic streamers, balloon arches, and poorly permed hair, Read more »

Mormon Manners

May 17, 2009 | 17 comments

Are good manners gospel? I’m wondering Read more »

Contentment in Mothering

May 8, 2009 | 15 comments

My mom sent me an LDS mothering book on contentment for a Mother’s Day present. (Yeah, I know. What’s my mom doing sending me a present for Mother’s Day? She’s really awesome like that.) I’m on chapter three and not particularly loving it, but Read more »

Strawberries on Sale? How to . . .

May 1, 2009 | 15 comments

“Make Strawberry Wine” (Woman’s Exponent, “Household Hint,” May 1, 1873) Read more »


April 3, 2009 | 42 comments

I’ll be attending a wedding later today. The couple will be married in the church, and a new baby will be joining them somewhat sooner than later. For a faithful LDS family, this is difficult. Read more »

A Tender Mercy

March 25, 2009 | 29 comments

My 13-year-old daughter came down with Bell’s Palsy last weekend. I was reeling a bit from the diagnosis Read more »

When Woman Means Man

March 18, 2009 | 32 comments

When I was growing up, “woman” meant “woman” and “man” meant “human.” Or “man.” Depending on the context. Read more »

Relief Society Moment

March 15, 2009 | 4 comments

I ran across this Relief Society moment in the March 15, 1873 Woman’s Exponent. Maybe it will make you smile, too: Read more »

Faith and Healing

February 20, 2009 | 30 comments

“And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed. He who hath faith to see shall see. He who hath faith to hear shall hear. The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.” (D&C 42:48-51)   Read more »


February 5, 2009 | 27 comments

5-year-old son: Mom, he hit me with his backpack! Me: Did you hit your brother? 11-year-old son: No. 5-year-old: Yes, he did! He did! Read more »

Intellectual Conversion

February 3, 2009 | 49 comments

Seven Storey Mountain is Thomas Merton’s autobiographical account of his increasing restlessness with a worldly life. He converts to Catholicism and eventually enters one of the most strict (the strictest?) Catholic orders: a Trappist monastery. What has fascinated me Read more »

Millennial Vegetarianism

November 24, 2008 | 32 comments

Enjoy that Thanksgiving turkey . . . while you can. You may be a vegetarian during the millennium. Read more »

Just Say No (to members)

November 7, 2008 | 67 comments

A few months ago, a sister in our ward asked my daughter to babysit. On a Monday evening. That’s right. Monday Evening. We try to be diligent with family home evening on Monday night, so the answer needed to be “no,” but I was a bit confused about how to convey that message. Read more »

Vote Early, Vote Often

October 27, 2008 | 38 comments

Just kidding about the “often” part. Are you an early voter or a procrastinator? Here’s why I voted early: Read more »

Polygamy Poetry

October 14, 2008 | 21 comments

Polygamy was a topic for persuasive prose, not poetry in nineteenth century Utah. Read more »

Compassion and Creativity

October 2, 2008 | 15 comments

Most everyone I’ve talked to loved President Uchtdorf’s talk at the General Relief Society Broadcast. But I have a question (and yes, men, this is for you, too—since I assume that as a son of God, you also get joy in following the Father’s example of creation and compassion): Read more »

My inner historian smiles

September 29, 2008 | 29 comments

The little historian in me cheers for small things, such as correct phrasing. At the General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday, September 27, Sister Barbara Thompson Read more »

Morality, Legality and Alcohol

September 24, 2008 | 20 comments

The church issued a statement about alcohol laws in Utah. The last paragraph reads: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that Utahns, including those who work in the hospitality industry, can come together as citizens, regardless of religion or politics, to support laws and regulations that allow individual freedom of choice while preserving Utah’s proven positive health and safety record on limiting the tragic consequences of overconsumption of alcohol.” Read more »

Are we not funny?

September 16, 2008 | 35 comments

I freely admit that I’m not the funniest person in the world, but I do think I have a sense of humor. I like a good laugh as much as anyone. Or perhaps I should say, “I like a good laugh as much as anyone who is LDS.” Read more »

Kindness and Technology

September 9, 2008 | 50 comments

“I seriously doubt whether there will be anyone in the celestial kingdom who is not kind.” “An important measure of our efforts for the celestial kingdom is how we treat others.” (Elder Jensen, Regional Conference meeting, September 7, 2008). Read more »

Special Feelings (more on Mormon Language)

September 3, 2008 | 42 comments

This morning I heard a member of Utah’s delegation to the Republican National Convention tell a radio talk show host that “there is a really special feeling among the Republican delegation.” Could you run that by me again? Read more »