There is a strong inverse correlation between empathy and self awareness.
I’m probably the last person to realize that the word sex, meaning copulation, originally came from sex, meaning man and woman. (more…)
Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”
I wrote this post in my head, wide awake at 3 AM in an uncomfy bed.
On the sweetness of Mormon life. All is not well in Zion, but there are still pearls in the field. Brother Joseph and Brother Brigham can rest content.
I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally. My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.
Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.
Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)
On Mormon manliness. (more…)
I would be proud to be led by one of these men.
After they heard gunfire outside their meeting room door Wednesday, Members of Parliament snapped close to 15 flagpoles to make sharp weapons.
Some positioned themselves on risers that flanked doors, ready to attack an assailant.
So, the LDS Church has released a four minute video explaining, and displaying, the garments and robes of the holy priesthood used by those endowed in LDS temples. (link) This probably reminded many of the publication in 1912 of James Talmage’s book The House of the Lord. David Rolph Seely explains:
On 16 September 1911, the Salt Lake Tribune published an account of certain individuals who had secretly taken pictures of the interior of the Salt Lake Temple and who had attempted to sell them to the church. The headlines read: “Photographs secretly taken of Mormon Temple’s interior; sent for sale to Church chief. President replies: Church will not negotiate with thieves and blackmailers.'” (more…)
What a decent respect for the opinions of mankind and a genteel disdain for public controversy does NOT look like, here.