Posts Tagged ‘ Everything Else ’

Whose Woods Are These?

July 18, 2007 | 18 comments
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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 »

Nostalgia

January 18, 2007 | 26 comments
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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
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Today is the first for my Winter semester class, and I’m excited. Read more »

Rose Marie Reid

September 12, 2006 | 24 comments
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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
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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
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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
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“…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
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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 »

Report on Incident #C40859

September 18, 2005 | 6 comments
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REPORT OF THE SPECIAL JOINT TASK FORCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND THE UNITED NATIONS WAR CRIMES COMMITTEE Read more »

Thinking With Katrina

August 29, 2005 | 35 comments
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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
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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
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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 »

Comfort Music

September 20, 2004 | 53 comments
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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
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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 »

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

August 31, 2004 | 17 comments
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Woman Turns Husband’s Remains Into Diamond. Read more »

Careers for Bloggers

August 23, 2004 | 19 comments
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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
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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
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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 »

The Muslim Anti-Mormons are Catching Up

August 12, 2004 | 16 comments
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Via Dave’s, I noticed a Dan Peterson FAIR Conference paper with a fun anecdote: Let me tell you about an experience I had a few years ago. I was invited to do a Muslim/Mormon dialogue up at Idaho State in Pocatello. . . . The closer it got, the more awkward I felt about this upcoming “dialogue.” There were just some things about it that didn’t add up, and I began to feel that something was seriously wrong. When I got there I realized that it was. The room was absolutely jammed with Muslim anti-Mormon tracts. I hadn’t even... Read more »

The Three Degrees of Glory in New York City

August 8, 2004 | 27 comments
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And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony we give, concerning the three degrees of glory in New York City: The first and greatest kingdom is the celestial, or in other words, Manhattan. These are they who received the high salaries of law firms and investment banks. These are they who have overcome by faith the lousy housing market. These are they into whose hands the Father has given an understanding of Craigs List. They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of the locations of no-broker’s fee apartments; Wherefore,... Read more »

Are we less righteous?

August 6, 2004 | 81 comments
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We often speak about the unrighteousness of our generation and nation, but what do we mean by that? (See here and here.) Read more »

Effects of the Ex-Mormon Lunatic Fringe

August 1, 2004 | 25 comments
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A few weeks ago, Jeff Lindsay posted a humorous discussion of the “Exmo” computer virus that turns otherwise sane people into spiteful, obsessive anti-Mormons. In the comments on his blog, many ex-Mormons offered thoughtful and reasonable discussion, and objected (politely but firmly) to his apparent characterization of all ex-Mormons. This in turn led to a revision, where Lindsay suggested that perhaps a better title would be the “Rare Former Mormon Who Becomes a Raving Anti-Mormon Quite Unlike Most Ex-Mormons Who Are Really Nice and Intelligent People virus.” I agree with the comments on Jeff’s blog, to the extent that... Read more »

LDS-themed Bloggers Need Not Tolerate Anti-Mormon Google Ads

July 27, 2004 | 18 comments
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Jeff Lindsay has the scoop: When I first started this blog at Blogger.com, I was surprised to see ads for anti-Mormon sites appearing at the top of my page. I sent a complaint in to technical support. Wonderfully, they listened and upgraded my account to an ad-free blog. I have noticed some other LDS folks with blogs have anti-Mormon ads showing up. Don’t settle for that kind of abuse, brothers and sisters. It’s a route that Orson’s Telly (current ad: “Out of Mormonism: Tools for Reaching LDS Mormons with the True Christian Gospel”), By Steve’s Consent (recently graced with... Read more »