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Happy Birthday, Betsey Pearl

May 04th, 2016 by G.

Bonny Baby Betsey

11 years ago my first daughter died of cancer. This is what I wrote on her birthday that year, with slight updates since. Today would be Betsey’s 15th birthday. Happy Birthday, sweetheart, it’s been a long time and always getting longer.

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May 04th, 2016 07:56:11

Rage Against the Machine

May 03rd, 2016 by MC


My oldest will be old enough for Kindergarten in the fall. The small talk question of the moment from our fellow parents is, “Where are you enrolling him?” In our school district, that’s more than a geography question. It’s a big district with more or less open enrollment, and they’ve done an admirable job of making sure there is an abundance of options. Gifted programs, foreign language immersion schools, charter schools with a patriotic focus, etc.

He won’t be going to any of those, however. As we’ve anticipated since before he was born, he’s going to be homeschooled.

“So, if you don’t mind me asking, why are you homeschooling? Is it for academic or moral reasons or what?”

No one asks these questions of parents who send their kids to the Japanese immersion school. (more…)

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May 03rd, 2016 01:11:36

The Yudkowsky-Moore Law

May 02nd, 2016 by Vader

Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point.

Sadly, it has an equally alarming corollary.

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May 02nd, 2016 10:10:20

Road Trips

May 02nd, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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May 02nd, 2016 08:31:16

Rafts – Juxtapositions XIII

April 29th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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April 29th, 2016 07:55:11

The sense of the divine has been amputated

April 28th, 2016 by Vader

But the phantom limb still tingles.

(A metaphor too good not to steal repeatedly.)

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April 28th, 2016 09:03:44

Delight in the Body, Ponder in the Heart

April 28th, 2016 by G.

For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them.
Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

-thus Nephi. (more…)

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April 28th, 2016 08:14:56

The Creation of Adam

April 27th, 2016 by Vader

I have been regarding Michelangelo’s great work.


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April 27th, 2016 11:44:43

We are our Bodies.

April 27th, 2016 by G.

The body is not a waldo.

Our body is not something that we possess, but something that has become a part of us . . . . This is why I don’t like the lessons that use a glove and a hand as an analogy for death and resurrection. It . . . suggests that the union of spirit is deliberately temporary and reversible. In reality death is more like a violent dissolution of elements that should be united. It’s more like ripping off your skin than about taking off a glove. Sometimes we talk about bodies and spirits as though the spirit is the self and the body is something that the self possesses. In reality, the spirit and the body are both the self. So losing the body is a loss of the self, at least in part. President Smith’s revealed comments about how the dead viewed the separation as a form of bondage go along the same lines.

when we are born, we do not just “gain a physical body;” we become physical beings. And when we die, we don’t just separate from our bodies; rather a piece of our own souls actually dies.

thus JKC.

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April 27th, 2016 09:41:35

Blessings In General Conference

April 26th, 2016 by G.

Last night my daughter had trouble sleeping. She went to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, went back to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, and back to bed, every five minutes, like a metronome. No real bladder works like that, so the Lovely One and I knew she was nervous and unsettled. We talked to her for awhile. Then I gave her a blessing.

I blessed her that she would have a good night’s sleep. We all felt a spirit of calm.

She then went to bed and promptly got up again to go to the bathroom. This time it wasn’t the bladder. Apparently the bladder had been a symptom–the onset of stomach flu had put pressure on it.

My wife set up a little pallet for her, close to the bathroom, in preparation for her passing an unquiet night.  And I spent a few unquiet minutes laying in bed wondering why my priesthood blessing had gone wrong. (more…)

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April 26th, 2016 07:30:00

Reluctant Polygamist, Joseph Smith Jr. By Meg Stout

April 26th, 2016 by Bookslinger

Meg’s series of posts about Nauvoo polygamy at Millennial Star is now in book form. Available at Amazon.com in paperpack, and Kindle ebook.
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April 26th, 2016 04:00:30

All Sin, Some Celebrate Sin

April 25th, 2016 by G.

The serious sin is not so much in doing otherwise than the ideal, but in assuming or arguing otherwise, or saying that sex and sexuality ‘don’t matter’; in making laws and regulations on that basis, or in failing to repent (i.e. acknowledge the sub-optimality of) other behaviours.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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April 25th, 2016 09:52:38

Zeno’s Holy Ghost

April 25th, 2016 by G.

Last week I explained why the Spirit cannot always speak distinctly from our own thoughts and our own feelings if it is to fulfill its mission to comfort and sanctify.

This week I am approaching the problem from another point of view and offering a different explanation (though it may be the same explanation in the end). (more…)

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April 25th, 2016 08:02:08

We Tie Things Together

April 21st, 2016 by G.

Last week I read Bruce Charlton’s post about his walk:

From ancient and modern Catholic folk piety, via Lord Armstrong and a Rabelaisian doctor, through a best selling novelist and a great concert pianist, to an Art Nouveau gem: my regular walk through Jesmond

It was winsome.  It appealed.  Like all good art, it had a kind of unity to it.  But in fact the only unity was Bruce Charlton himself.  His common enjoyment was all the different parts of his walk had in common.

That got me thinking.

Our lives are a unifying principle.  The common fact that we love them and lived them draw together otherwise discrete people and places.  Everything we touch becomes part of a whole.

Once one person is exalted we are all meaningful, because our lives are tied to theirs, or tied to lives that are tied to theirs, and we are part of their story.



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April 21st, 2016 07:20:16

The Spirit Must Whisper

April 20th, 2016 by G.

The Spirit must whisper.  The reason is simple. (more…)

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April 20th, 2016 07:08:47