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Growing Grass and Growing Kids

October 30th, 2014 by G.

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…)

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October 30th, 2014 10:00:17

Get Thee a Son

October 28th, 2014 by G.

On Mormon manliness. (more…)

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October 28th, 2014 10:51:15

A Little Child Like Me

October 20th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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October 20th, 2014 08:21:09

Blessed be the Yarns that Bind

October 06th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 07:50:27

The Press of Years, the Press of Apples

September 15th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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September 15th, 2014 08:05:07

Next: Venture Capitalists

September 12th, 2014 by G.

diiiimples DOT COM, your three-year old says, and points to his face.

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September 12th, 2014 08:46:49

The Music of Our Sphere

September 08th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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September 08th, 2014 08:15:22

New Truths from Old

June 23rd, 2014 by G.

Many of the revelatory insights that have most reached to my soul have come when listening to a bland talk at church cover the same old ground in the same old way; when swapping pet platitudes in Elder’s Quorum with men I’ve known since I was a kid; and when re-reading scripture.

There is no novelty without familiarity.

The active mind when it hears a new thing considers arguments pro and con. When it hears an old thing, the active mind contemplates. It probes deeper.

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June 23rd, 2014 08:29:17

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April 30th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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April 30th, 2014 06:11:27

Religious, Not Spiritual

April 22nd, 2014 by G.

The human person has a very nearly infinite capacity for self-delusion. That’s why I consider myself religious… but not spiritual. Whatever in religious practice may seem dull, mundane, and ordinary is more to be trusted than those parts of it which seem highly emotional or consciousness-raising.

-thus Nick B. Steves, offered for consideration and not by way of endorsement.

Mormonism is a highly unusual mix of emotionalism and workmanlike pragmatism. The only other place I’ve seen that is the family: gooey sentiment, checkbooks, and diapers.

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April 22nd, 2014 12:44:19

Easter in Pictures and in Words

April 21st, 2014 by G.

BradfordPear

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.

You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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April 21st, 2014 15:25:16

The Gospel Chews at You

March 31st, 2014 by Man SL

You know a guy. His wife is one of us. He is not. He and you butcher animals together. Most recently, your two hogs two weeks ago.

He is a little rough. Last time you were out together, he makes a point of buying chaw and chewing it. “I hope you don’t mind,” he says,” but if you did I’d do it anyway.” You work to conceal your amusement. (more…)

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March 31st, 2014 07:55:02

Small and Large Graces

March 17th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life:

Your Elders Quorum President asks you to go on rescue visits after church with someone from the stake. You don’t like accosting strangers. You never have. You are sweating it a bit. “Watch out,” you think, “I’m getting sucked into that churchy thing.” You resolve to do it. You feel peace. When you get to Church, Bishop tells you its been called off. (more…)

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March 17th, 2014 09:55:21

Fit to Bust

February 03rd, 2014 by G.

Stake conferenceOn the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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February 03rd, 2014 09:24:42

The Second Day of Christmas

December 26th, 2013 by G.

A day for regretting eating a second helping of stuffing, for raking leaves with the rakes the red-clad elf left under the tree, for puzzling out your daughter’s new boardgame, for testing new firearms with your brothers, and for listening to the Spirit on how you can do good.

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December 26th, 2013 07:36:59