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A Song for the Ages?

December 16th, 2014 by John Mansfield

Decades from now, when only old men and women can dimly recall when somebody told a friend of mine about a dancing human spaceman that can read my mind when we got the radio on, there may be 9-year-olds that sing together “Joel, the Lump of Coal.”

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December 16th, 2014 21:07:18

Trial by Existence, Frost

December 16th, 2014 by G.

asphodel

Even the bravest that are slain
Shall not dissemble their surprise
On waking to find valor reign,
Even as on earth, in paradise;
And where they sought without the sword
Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
To find that the utmost reward
Of daring should be still to dare.

The light of heaven falls whole and white
And is not shattered into dyes,
The light for ever is morning light;
The hills are verdured pasture-wise;
The angel hosts with freshness go,
And seek with laughter what to brave;—

-thus Frost. The poem goes on, but not nearly so well. In fairness, though, anything would be letdown after the line ‘wide fields of asphodel forever.’

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December 16th, 2014 12:30:24

The Myth of Martyrdom

December 16th, 2014 by Bookslinger

What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, by Adam Lankford.

John Batchelor interviewed the book author on his radio show:
Radio show episode/podcast web page.

Direct link to mp3.

The book at Amazon.

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December 16th, 2014 12:25:09

“Sympathy with the devil”

December 16th, 2014 by Vader

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December 16th, 2014 12:23:07

Coal-powered cars.

December 16th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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December 16th, 2014 12:04:32

All your Christmas are belong to us

December 15th, 2014 by Vader

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December 15th, 2014 12:55:12

Angina Monologue 3

December 15th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty was thinking about the little people this morning.

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December 15th, 2014 11:19:11

Go and Share Creation’s Story

December 15th, 2014 by G.

Central to that story is the creation of a little baby in a manger.

A really fun Christmas production, despite the Youtube’s Greatest Hits flavor.

Hat tip to Phil W. at Brandywinebooks.net

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December 15th, 2014 09:35:23

Cold iron

December 14th, 2014 by Vader

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December 14th, 2014 22:41:04

Spiritual Blessings of the Temple

December 12th, 2014 by G.

There was a remarkable passage in one of the talks from Women’s Conference:

Some years ago our family encountered a major challenge. I went to the temple and there prayed earnestly for help. I was given a moment of truth. I received a clear impression of my weaknesses, and I was shocked. In that spiritually instructive moment, I saw a prideful woman doing things her own way, not necessarily the Lord’s way, and privately taking credit for any so-called accomplishment. I knew I was looking at myself. I cried out in my heart to Heavenly Father and said, “I don’t want to be that woman, but how do I change?”

Through the pure spirit of revelation in the temple, I was taught of my utter need for a Redeemer. I turned immediately to the Savior Jesus Christ in my thoughts and felt my anguish melt away and a great hope spring up in my heart

-Sister Neill Marriott (worth watching on video. In text you’ll miss the full charm of her Texan).

The pain that comes from being judged by God is better than the pleasure of high self-esteem, and much more fruitful. As the Sith Lord said, “Life in the absence of an Examiner is meaningless.”

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December 12th, 2014 07:45:35

“Is the Nobel Committee too political? “

December 11th, 2014 by Vader

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December 11th, 2014 09:31:34

“Time is the fire in which we burn.”

December 11th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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December 11th, 2014 07:56:41

Becoming as a Little Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Trying to be child-like isn’t very child-like. Children don’t try to be children. The essence of children isn’t their innocence or their ignorance or their spontaneity or their wilfullness or their not knowing when they should dissemble. It’s the yearn to emulate. Children are things that grow. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 12:30:17

Angina Monologue 2

December 10th, 2014 by Vader

You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.

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December 10th, 2014 12:24:33

Helpless as a Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 11:00:59