Posts Tagged ‘ Everything Else ’

Whose Woods Are These?

July 18, 2007 | 18 comments

We moved into our house on the first weekend of January, 1980. One reason we chose it was that it reminded us of Pennsylvania, where we did graduate work. (The other reason? It was the only house we afford because the seller gave us great terms.) Read more »


January 18, 2007 | 26 comments

My youngest daughter has discovered a trove of photos at her grandmother’s house, and she has been going through them Read more »

First day of class

January 9, 2007 | 55 comments

Today is the first for my Winter semester class, and I’m excited. Read more »

Rose Marie Reid

September 12, 2006 | 24 comments

In 1950s America, Rose Marie Reid was a household name. She was born one hundred years ago today. Read more »

I colori d’Umbria

July 27, 2006 | 26 comments

Most summers for the last twenty-two years, I’ve come to Italy for a week or more Read more »

Salting the water

May 16, 2006 | 81 comments

If you’ve had any cooking training, you almost certainly were told to salt the water in which you cook vegetables. It turns out that, objectively/scientifically, it doesn’t matter whether you do. Read more »

What If President Hinckley Says This Next Month…

March 8, 2006 | 35 comments

“…brothers and sisters, there is another matter of which I’d like to mention before we close this glorious conference. We live in a new age. A time where information surrounds us. The internet has grown to be a regular part of many people’s lives. Email makes it easier to communicate… but I’m not going to give you my email address (crowd erupts with laughter). Read more »

Help Stop Hunger

January 29, 2006 | no comments

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An Unnatural Birth Advocate

December 14, 2005 | 161 comments

There are plenty of natural birth advocates out there–I know because I keep having to plaster a vapid smile on my face when they spout half-truths and didactical opinions at social gatherings. I’ve yet to meet an avowed unnatural birth advocate, so I’ve decided to take up that mantle for myself. So, if you are pregnant, or might be some day, here are some thoughts on why you might not want to have a natural childbirth. Read more »

The Church’s Secret Plot to Undermine the Book of Mormon — EXPOSED!

December 5, 2005 | 26 comments

Apparently some BYU Professor has published an article suggesting that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosive devices, presumably planted by some outside entity, perhaps even by >hushed whisper fraught with unstated menace< the government >/hushed whisper fraught with unstated menace< . John Fowles has posted about it here and Clark Goble followed it up here. As a connoisseur of out-of-control threads, I’d have to give the ensuing discussion at least a B, probably even a B+. Read more »

Report on Incident #C40859

September 18, 2005 | 6 comments


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 »

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 »

Should I Hang Up My Philosopher’s Robe?

April 20, 2005 | 51 comments

Sister Mendel is a Saint for sure. This fact must be grasped or nothing else I say makes sense. She came from Germany to the United States shortly after WW II with her newly converted husband. She has the remarkable ability to reveal to everyone that they are loved. She is a saint already celestial in character. Of this simple truth there is little doubt. Yet Sister Mendel couldn’t formulate a coherent doctrine on any issue if her life depended on it. She admits that she doesn’t understand doctrine very well and she even admits that she is just... Read more »

BYU’s New Nestorian Coach

November 27, 2004 | 69 comments

BYU must stop checking temple recommends at the door to the football coach’s office. Read more »


October 7, 2004 | 30 comments

The Lord reveals through many prophets, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” He does not reveal that by great things are great things brought to pass. He doesn’t need to. We already know. Read more »

Comfort Music

September 20, 2004 | 53 comments

I am not a connoisseur of music, I am an omnivore, and I think I recall Nietzsche pointing out that a person who will eat anything is a person who has no taste. That’s me. There are few kinds of music that I don’t enjoy. Read more »

Chastity and Terrorism

September 16, 2004 | 85 comments

What are the root causes of terrorism? Poverty (problem: most terrorists seem to come from middle class or upper middle class Middle Eastern families). U.S. hegemony (at least in part). Embarrassment and rage at the decline of Islamic civilization (almost certainly). Another recent candidate has emerged: Chastity. Read more »

A Light Heart and Cowpath Rules

September 1, 2004 | one comment

How are you today? Fine, I trust? Good, good. I will now pontificate. Christ warned the pharisees that tithing cummin, and anise, and mint wouldn?t weigh very much in the balance against their faithlessness and mercilessness. No arguments here. But I confess I always get sidetracked reading that passage. I think about working a few of my overripe tomatoes into a tithing envelope. Or giving the Church a cut of our Visiting Teacher Rice Krispie treats. Tithing with exactness sounds like a real hoot. Read more »

Now How Exactly Is This Going to Work at the Resurrection?

August 31, 2004 | 17 comments

Woman Turns Husband’s Remains Into Diamond. Read more »

Careers for Bloggers

August 23, 2004 | 19 comments

I’m struck by the similarities in careers of so many bloggernackers (and probably bloggers in general). In fact, outside of four major groups, it’s fairly hard to think of others. The major categories are: The lawyers: Myself, Nate, Adam, Greg, Matt(?), Steve Evans, Aaron Brown, Dave Underhill, etc. The professors or students: Russell, Jim, Gordon, Adam when this blog started, Logan, Bob(?), Ben Huff, Ben Spackman, Melissa Proctor, Taylor Petrey, etc. The stay at home mothers: Kristine, Julie The techies: Clark Goble, Grasshopper, Eric Stone, Kim Siever That seems to largely cover it. Where are the doctors? The accountants?... Read more »

The Lord’s Baseball Team

August 19, 2004 | 38 comments

I’ve always thought that one of the more fun and personal conference talks in recent years is Elder Wirthlin’s story about playing football against Whizzer White. Inspired by that story (and by the misery that acompanies focusing on baseball reality at present, given the current status of my Diamondbacks), I pondered this question: If the Lord fielded a baseball all-star team, composed of past and present great church leaders, who might be on it? (We’ll focus this on church leaders, so real athletes like Dale Murphy and Todd Heap are off the list). Here are some thoughts: First base:... Read more »

Face Cards

August 17, 2004 | 41 comments

Over on the unwritten rules thread, rabble-rousing Randy made a short comment about face cards: A couple of years back, a couple of kids brought some face cards to youth conference. (The audacity!) One of the stake youth leaders objected and asked a member of the stake presidency to confiscate them. This counselor in the stake presidency (a convert to the church not familiar with the so-called evil of face cards) consulted his GHI and quickly determined that there was nothing addressing the issue. He then told the youth leader that he had no intention of taking away the... Read more »

What’s the word for . . .

August 16, 2004 | 4 comments

What’s the word for those representative two sentences that the Ensign puts at the beginning of every Conference talk? The New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines do something similar, though they usually do it in a blown-up box in the middle of the article. Read more »


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