And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about
President Kimball gave a very President Kimball talk at the Friday morning session of the October 1975 general conference. It was titled “the Time to Labor is Now,” and it was all about cleaning up your place, planting some fruit trees, and eating a little food that you had grown with your own hands. The talk is the boiled down essence of one of the distinctive facets of Mormonism. Reading it is like a free tour to a cultural monument. (more…)
Last year a professor friend of mine let me know that Rod Dreher was looking for some Mormon sources for his Benedict Option book and would I mind talking to him. I said sure, he passed on my info and told me Dreher was going to be out in my neck of the woods soon and would meet me there. I begged leaved to doubt it–no one is ever in my neck of the woods, I live in the back of beyond–but just in case I scribbled some notes. In the event, we never met.
We’ve long heard that whole wheat flour (with bran and germ) is more nutritious than white flour that has had the bran and germ removed.
I’ve recently been grinding some wheat kernals, that I had in my food storage, into flour. I’ve done both red winter wheat and white spring wheat, and learned a new thing. Fresh ground flour has oil in it. The whole wheat flour that you buy at the grocery store has sat around long enough for the “volitiles” (oil, etc.) to have evaporated. Fresh ground flour also has more flavor. (more…)
An English language version of Er ist wieder da/ Look who’s back, with its above brilliant and striking cover art, caught my attention in a bookshop a couple of years ago – and I bought it on the basis that it has been a sensational best-seller in Germany.
(I have a considerable interest in German culture and literature, and my brother and my wife’s brother both have German wives.)
The premise is that somehow Hitler is time-shifted to modern Germany, just as he was when he died, and has to make sense of it all. And Germany also has to make sense of him – which they do by assuming he is some kind of satirical comedian who never drops his impersonation.
It was quite intriguing, but I didn’t manage to get through much of the book. However I was interested enough to give the subtitled movie a try – when I discovered it was available on Netflix. The movie had been as successful in Germany as the book – being number one box office for a while.
I would highly recommend Look who’s back as extremely thought-provoking and also at times very funny (Hitler’s encounters with daytime TV, the internet, as a chat show guest etc.) – despite that it is overlong and sags in several points (the improvised sections – which I mostly skipped).
But the scripted sections of the movie were fascinating. The tone shifts back and forth between sympathetic and horrified, between making clear Hitler’s broad, powerful democratic appeal and personal charisma; and the terrible, disgusting quality of his doctrines and actions. I found myself as if caught by a hook, pulled back and forth, but unable to squirm free.
The result was, I found, a very complex argument which has stayed in my mind for several days – indeed, there haven’t been many recent movies which I found so interesting.
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I have a theory about the rise of the Alt Right. Or maybe that’s too specific: I have a theory about why the American Right has become considerably more verbally aggressive, politically incorrect, and nationalistic over the last 2-4 years, a phenomenon that encompasses Trump and Trumpism, the Alt Right, the rise of Breitbart and Steve Bannon, etc. (more…)
If you’ve ever taken on some small project–going to the temple, ticking off a list of chores, reducing your food budget for the month– and seen it through despite friction and your own fatigue, one thing will be obvious: agency is awesome. It feels great to set your mind to something and then do it. (more…)
I ran across a conference talk from 2015 yesterday, from an African general authority. Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth. Excellent talk. But what caught my eye was the shameless un-PC of the title.
Of course, the scriptures make no effort to be PC, and Africans very little. (more…)
Now, lest we spend all our time on pessimism and trouble, (ahem, a recent lesson in church), I would like to share this:
It is fascinating enough for us to image exoplanets. But here is an example of exoplanets, imaged moving in their orbits.
Further images of other worlds.