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A Date with An Ironing Board

July 27th, 2015 by G.

Ironing Boards

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

It’s Saturday evening, and you need to do some ironing for Sunday and the week. Your wife, your lovely one, says, “do you remember when you ironed on one of our dates?” You don’t. She tells you. (more…)

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July 27th, 2015 08:00:04

Mormon theology and memory

June 25th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Insofar as Mormon theology implies a rejection of the classical metaphyics of a disembodied God outside of space and time; it seems to imply a different infinite: that space is infinite.

Because for there to be significance, there must be permanence, and permanence requires permanence of memory.

Since memory must occupy space, and there must be scope for progression; then space must not be limited – space must be infinite so that a growing reality can always accomodate permanent cumulative memories.

Either we must be always expanding into infinity; or else breaking into new infinities – those new universes of the King Follett dicourse, perhaps.

But, whenever we find ourselves referencing infinities; we should recognise that we have crossed the edge of our understanding.

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June 25th, 2015 03:50:55

Memorizing Poetry

June 16th, 2015 by G.

I once decided to memorize a few poems.  Probably as an affectation.  It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.  Those poems are treasures.

I read an article today I recommend:  In Defense of Memorization.  (ht: Agellius).  Good article–the writer has had that experience too.

It’s not just poems.  Scriptures, speeches, quotations, mnemonics–memory is fun.

 

 

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June 16th, 2015 14:22:13

The Past is a Childish Country

May 13th, 2015 by G.

The other day, when we were getting ready to put the kids to bed, our oldest pulled one of us aside and described a day he suddenly remembered from a few years ago, “when I was little.” It was nothing very unusual, just a funny way we were sitting next to each other and talking. But he recalled it with what was clearly a lot of fondness. Here was a seven-year-old waxing nostalgic about the good old days when he was four, and we thought how much more of this he has to look forward to, how many more years he has to pile up good memories before he leaves the nest for good. And all of us will have this to draw on for the rest of our lives.

-the Tracinskis

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May 13th, 2015 09:14:39

Angina Monologue 14

April 12th, 2015 by Vader

I’ve discovered this week just how much His Majesty can be a pain in the

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April 12th, 2015 22:00:24

Repenting through Christ

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton is thinking deeply about the Atonement. He is working out alternatives to the customary belief that Christ took on the punitive consequences of sin for us and to the customary liberal notion that the atonement was fundamentally an act of symbolic engineering to excise our retrograde belief in sin and guilt. Charlton thinks he’s found one. (more…)

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March 10th, 2015 10:56:59

The First Great Commandment

March 03rd, 2015 by G.

Love is not best considered as a feeling, it is not necessarily something at the forefront of consciousness. For many people, their deepest love is something which structures their life, rather than being at the front of our conscious deliberations for most of the time. Some (I am one of them) are very expressive of love – but this is not a necessity; and some very loving cultures and families and marriages do not go in for statements, hugs or tears.

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My understanding of the absolute necessity of loving God above all else is metaphysical rather than psychological – that without this, all other loves (including the love of Jesus) lose their meaning and function.

The supremacy of our love for God is that it makes all other loves possible – it makes other loves a matter of eternal significance.

 

-thus Bruce Charlton.

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March 03rd, 2015 08:13:41

“Santa Claus is preferable to God in every respect except one”

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

— P.J. O’Rourke

All thirty minutes are worth listening to.

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February 25th, 2015 11:36:14

The Last Christmas

January 06th, 2015 by G.

Christmas-Lights-8

Someone someday will celebrate the last Christmas. (more…)

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January 06th, 2015 19:06:03

73 years ago today

December 07th, 2014 by Vader

Surprise!

His Majesty: “I love surprises. The ones I spring, anyway.”

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December 07th, 2014 13:43:22

Progress and Perfection Reconciled

September 26th, 2014 by G.

Idaho_River

 

Peace like a river. (more…)

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September 26th, 2014 12:05:41

Chains of Memory

June 05th, 2014 by G.

Remebering the Past

What is the strange power of chains of memory to move us? (more…)

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June 05th, 2014 09:55:56

We See the Past with a God’s Eye View

April 03rd, 2014 by G.

The past with the clarity and beauty of a Bruegel's landscape

The past with the clarity and beauty of a Bruegel landscape

Why is living in the past so popular a pastime?
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April 03rd, 2014 01:30:23

“Wild Bill ” Guarnere

March 10th, 2014 by Vader

Is dead.

And when he gets to Heaven,
To St. Peter he will tell:
One more Airborne reporting, sir,
I’ve served my time in Hell.

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March 10th, 2014 10:14:08

A worthy cause

February 18th, 2014 by Vader

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February 18th, 2014 10:52:43