Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Not all of today’s kids are snowflakes.

January 07th, 2018 by Vader

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January 07th, 2018 16:36:31

We fear the demands of children on our charity

January 13th, 2017 by Vader

Julia Yost has an unconventional and sympathetic interpretation of a film I never care to see.

As one whose own children have been a bit problematic, I found this a fascinating insight.


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January 13th, 2017 11:59:58

California Democrats act to reduce crime

December 30th, 2016 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

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December 30th, 2016 00:11:56

Special musical number

November 13th, 2016 by Vader

Your ward is unusually blessed with musical talent. Most Sacrament meetings include a musical number halfway through the service, in addition to the usual hymns.

This week it is a mother and daughter on violin with piano accompaniment. The daughter begins, playing the familiar tune from “A Child’s Prayer”. Her playing is that of a promising student who has begun to master the volin: On pitch, on tempo, but slightly tentative, with no vibrato.

On the second verse, the mother takes over. The mother is the principal of her section in the local orchestra. The music is rich, vibrant, full of life. For a moment you feel slightly badly that the mother is showing up her daughter, a little.

Then it hits you. The first verse of the song is the child’s prayer. The second verse is the parent reassuring the child that there is a Father who hears every prayer. The contrast in musical experience is perfect for the message of the song.

As the mother and daughter join in the fugue that is the third verse, you start to choke up.


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November 13th, 2016 14:46:40

Making babies is not only fun

August 25th, 2016 by Vader

It’s also a good idea.

What is remarkable is that Caplan is an atheist.

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August 25th, 2016 08:26:37

The pity of war

August 01st, 2016 by Vader

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August 01st, 2016 11:16:22

“Children Aren’t Consumer Goods”

December 18th, 2015 by Vader

Thus Kevin D. Williamson.

His Majesty: “Whatever became of ‘legal, safe, and rare’, anyway?”

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December 18th, 2015 10:46:15

An amicus brief

November 17th, 2015 by Vader

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November 17th, 2015 13:34:30

The Sheltered Ones

September 21st, 2015 by MC

I recently watched an episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with a bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated a thought that’s been bouncing around my head for a while. For those who aren’t familiar with Jim Gaffigan, he’s a “clean” but still very famous comedian who is basically a stereotypical Irish-American Catholic dad from the post-War era; his wife is more devout than he is, but he still is fully supportive of raising his kids as Catholics, with all that entails. He plays himself on the show, which is based on his real life.

In this episode, Jim’s wife invites their local parish priest, a gregarious young man from Africa named Father Nicholas, to go to Jim’s next stand-up, without asking Jim first. Jim hates the idea because he’s convinced that having a priest in the audience will kill the mood, but he gives in and takes Father Nicholas anyway. Right before they walk into the comedy club, they have the following exchange: (more…)

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September 21st, 2015 05:12:06

Boys with sticks

September 08th, 2015 by Vader

Yes, well. When your daughter is the one who’s lying barely conscious on the front yard of some frat house, my sons will be the ones who will know enough to charge in, swinging sticks to chase the brutes away. They’ll know because we let them have sticks, we let them find out what sticks can do, and we told them what sticks are for.

Violence doesn’t take over when boys are allowed to have sticks. Violence takes over when no one tells boys what sticks are for.

Thus Simcha Fisher

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September 08th, 2015 09:52:39

Mea culpa

July 02nd, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

The Junior Ganymede welcomes this guest post by Kent G. Budge.

My reaction to the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has been decidedly mixed. By that I mean that I’ve experienced a broad range of emotions over it, none of them positive.

One emotion I haven’t experienced is surprise. We all knew this was coming, and those few of us who professed optimism that the Court might yet rule in favor of the states, or at least rule very narrowly against the states, struck me as whistling furiously in the dark.

However, one emotion I have found myself experiencing, which I did not expect, is remorse.


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July 02nd, 2015 21:10:07

Angina Monologue 17

June 28th, 2015 by Vader

The other day I installed a cloak hook near the entrance of the domicile I share with His Majesty.

My cloaks can be heavy, and I also thought it might be prudent to be sure the hook could support the weight of His Majesty’s winter jacket, so I took some time to install the hook securely. I located the stud (much easier with the Force than with a stud locater, by the way) and made sure the hook was screwed firmly through the drywall into the stud. I figured it would easily hold a couple of cloaks and winter jackets.

I stood back to admire my work (funny; don’t you always do that when you finish any handyman project?) and just then His Majesty came storming through the door in a frightfully sour mood. He glanced at me, glanced at the hook, and without a moment’s hesitation he grabbed the hook and tried to swing from it. That was too much weight, of course; there was a loud crack and the hook came out of the wall, doing serious damage to the stud and drywall. In fact, since this is a load-bearing wall, the damage to the stud could wind up being a significant problem.

My jaw hit the floor, or would have, if the vocorder wasn’t in the way.

It turns out His Majesty has been thinking about original sin.


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June 28th, 2015 15:29:12

What are Our Children Worth to Us?

May 18th, 2015 by G.

Saturday I came home mid-morning from helping a neighbor with his irrigation turn. My son met me at the door. Can anyone be as solemn as a kid with an announcement? Solemnly, he informed me he couldn’t plant corn that day. (more…)

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May 18th, 2015 09:33:15

Nativity Conversations

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

My younger kids made a nativity set for me.

Joseph the Hut

It goes without saying that there’s Joseph on the left, Mary on the right, the swaddled Infant Jesus in the center, and a lamb poking its head in at the bottom. Not pictured: a second Infant Jesus they made for the set, for reasons best known to themselves. (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 10:43:37

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