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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

March 20, 2006 | 46 comments

Why does Mick Jagger’s observation ever come as a surprise, to any of us? Read more »

Nine Moons over T&S

February 28, 2006 | 13 comments

Times and Seasons bids farewell with thanks to our most recent guestblogger, and is pleased to announce that next up is Rusty Clifton, proprietor of the fine blog, Nine Moons. Read more »

Are Mormons Crunchy?

February 23, 2006 | 38 comments

Rod Dreher has a new book out, all about a new countercultural movement which he describes as “crunchy conservatism”–or, as his subtitle eloquently puts it, “How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party).” Read more »

From the Archives: Swifter, Higher, Stronger

February 11, 2006 | 4 comments

Melissa and the girls and I watched the opening ceremonies for the 2006 Olympics last night, and we’ll no doubt watch quite a bit more over the next two weeks. The spectacle, the drama, the stories of striving and succeeding and failing get to us every time. As I wrote before, as I watch these contests I find myself wondering just what is and isn’t praiseworthy about the drive to excel. That performing at such a high level invites all sorts of temptations, and often generates a mindset towards others that is anything but compassionate and charitable, is obvious….and... Read more »

Welcome….The Mysterious RT!

February 7, 2006 | 6 comments

(Actually, “J. Nelson Seawright,” but that “Roasted Tomatoes” moniker is too good not to use….) Read more »

Where The Boys Are

January 27, 2006 | 41 comments

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how boys are in trouble–falling behind in school, terrible discipline problems, etc.–and I take it all quite seriously; I’m concerned that boys receive the guidance and education they need to flourish in a changing world. I have to admit, though, that my concern is not entirely motivated by a purely charitable concern for future generations and the happiness of fellow children of our Heavenly Father. Rather, a major portion of my interest arises from the fact that I am worried about my daughters. I mean, who am I going to line... Read more »

Thanks to Geoff J.

January 24, 2006 | 8 comments

Before J. Stapley can get busy wowing us all, let’s take a moment and thank Geoff Johnston for a terrific couple of weeks. As the all-seeing Snarkernacle noted, Geoff’s posts laid waste to the competition here at T&S, such as it is. In five relatively short posts, Geoff generated 684 comments and counting. It’s been a long while since we had such a run of thoughtful, imaginative, doctrinally heavy discussions, and we owe it all to Brother Johnston. Our thanks, Geoff; we wish you could stay, but we know they missed you over at the Thang…. Read more »

A Gentleman and a Saint

December 31, 2005 | 14 comments
A Gentleman and a Saint

Today my maternal grandfather, Joseph Arben Jolley, will be buried in Vernal, UT; nearly all my family will be there. This is the third family gathering from just this past year that we haven’t been able to attend, and perhaps may not be the last. Living far away from extended family is hard–a hardship that, I think, Grandpa Jolley understood well. Read more »

One Million Readers (and Counting)

December 30, 2005 | 33 comments

Times and Seasons’s received its 1,000,000th visitor yesterday, at approximately 7:19pm. (The server used was, based in Tustin, CA; the page viewed was this one. Was it you? If so, our thanks, and our congratulations.) Read more »

Midwinter in the City

December 25, 2005 | 4 comments

I’ve never spent Christmas in New York, but Garrison Keillor has. Of course, he’s by no means everyone’s ideal guide to the Christmas spirit…but I think he’s on to something nonetheless. Read more »

From the Archives: What Are You Doing on December 23rd?

December 20, 2005 | no comments

When I wrote this post two years ago, its title was an open-ended question. This year, at least, there is a reasonably official Mormon answer. Read more »

RSR: Walter van Beek on Joseph Smith

December 9, 2005 | 16 comments

O Lord; thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed; I am in derison daily, everyone mocketh me. Jeremiah 20:7. Read more »

RSR: The Politics and Personality of a Prophet

December 8, 2005 | 4 comments

For many good reasons, Joseph Smith has always been the least known and the most speculated about of all the prophets of this dispensation. Read more »

More Thankful Every Day: Conversion Week on T&S

November 20, 2005 | 6 comments

This week on Times and Seasons several of us will be sharing conversion stories, whether discussing our own conversion to the restored gospel or that of others. We figured that there are few things more appropriate to Thanksgiving week then to reflect upon those events for which many of us have cause to be deeply thankful. Read more »

Return of the Guest-Bloggers: T&S Welcomes Erica (Amira) Merrell

November 17, 2005 | 11 comments

After a too-long hiatus, T&S is happy to announce that our guest-blogging machinery is slowly creaking back to life…. Read more »

Is Mormonism Romantic?

November 15, 2005 | 21 comments

A couple of excellent articles on C.S. Lewis’s life and work have appeared over the past few days–all part of the build-up to the release of the upcoming movie of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, of course, but still good articles nonetheless. In particular, the New Yorker piece, brought to my attention by Ronan Head, provides opportunity to think again about Lewis’s very magical, very romantic sense of the divine, and our own. Read more »

Holiday Books for Children

November 9, 2005 | 5 comments

Continuing our series, I thought it might be nice to briefly bring up some favorite children’s holiday books of mine, as well as beg for additional suggestions. Read more »

Fiction Books for Children

November 7, 2005 | 78 comments

Despite appearances to the contrary, we here at Times and Seasons do not spend all our time debating the finer points of church doctrine, history, culture and theology. A lot of the time, we talk about our kids. And since raising kids–and in particular, finding good books to read to them and with them–is something a lot of our readers can relate to, we thought we’d open the blog up to some discussion and recommendations of that topic. First up, a guest post from my wife, Melissa Madsen Fox, who besides being a great consumer and critic of youth... Read more »

The Greatest Mormon Halloween Costume Ever

November 2, 2005 | 37 comments
The Greatest Mormon Halloween Costume Ever

Via frequent T&S commenter, former guest-blogger, and all-around well-connected guy Jonathan Green, comes this, a priceless document of what happens when Mormonism collides with modern American Halloween festivities. The man in the costume is Brother Bill Atkinson, and the costume itself…well, see for yourself. And enjoy. Read more »

Meanwhile, Back on the Farm…

October 25, 2005 | 15 comments

…it’s been a great year, one of the best my father can remember. The Fox family farm brought in over 90,000 bushels of wheat, including about 30,000 bushels of our high-protein dark northern spring (averaging about 80 bushels an acre for the latter, a particularly good crop). Some wild oat grass got into part of the farm, cutting down on the yield from about 400 out of our total 1800 acres, but otherwise there is little to complain about. The Amoths–a Mennonite family that have managed and farmed land for our family for three generations, and soon four–have every... Read more »

Happy 5766!

October 4, 2005 | 18 comments

Today is Rosh Hashanah, and everyone here at Times and Seasons wishes a happy new year to our Jewish friends. (Here are a few Jewish-themed posts from the past.) If there’s a synagogue here in Macomb, IL, I’m unaware of it, so there will be cultural dimension missing from our family celebrations tonight. Still, Melissa will make her chicken soup and challah bread, and we’ll share stories from the Old Testament with our children. I hope everyone reading this, both Jew and Gentile (and Mormon), does the same. Shana Tova, everyone! Read more »

GC Day Two: Fall Conference Open Thread

October 2, 2005 | 97 comments

Keep up the good discussions, everyone. I, unfortunately, missed most of conference yesterday, so I very much appreciated the summaries of the afternoon and priesthood sessions. Read more »

GC Day One: Fall Conference Open Thread

October 1, 2005 | 197 comments

Thoughts? Questions? Inspirations? Opinions? Please share them here. Read more »

From the Archives (Sort Of): Back to Primary

September 25, 2005 | 2 comments

After a little over a month in our new ward, here in Macomb, IL, I’ve received a calling. It is the exact same calling I had in our last ward, right down to taking care of the Weblos. And I’m delighted. First, because I know the routine. Second, because it’s nice to know where you’re supposed to be–and for a bishopric that’s known me for only a few weeks to pray and then ask me to serve in basically the same area I’ve served in for most of my church-going adult life…well, that just gives me a sense of... Read more »