Perspective, and points of view

The Magician's Nephew

  "What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are." C. S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, chapter 10    … [Read more...]

Two specimens of ancient stand-up comedy

A model of imperial Rome

  A couple of items from what may be the oldest surviving joke book, the Philogelos ("Laughter Lover"), which probably derives from the fourth or fifth century AD but which likely draws on older materials.  I paraphrase them from the somewhat updated forms supplied by Steve Mirsky in, believe it or not, the current (October 2014) issue of Scientific American: 1. A patient complains to his doctor, "Every morning, when I wake up, I feel dizzy for a ha … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 21

Western Guatemalan coast

  It's been a long and busy day, and it's not over yet.  But I'm determined not to miss a day.  Not yet, anyway.  (There may eventually be some travel days where it just won't be possible to post.)  So I'm going to content myself with a very brief note on today's reading, 1 Nephi 21. The first verse already catches my interest: And again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven out because of the wickedness of the pa … [Read more...]

“No more excuses: Mormon dad designs home teaching app”

Home teaching device   … [Read more...]

“Find your passion”

What's your mission?   … [Read more...]

A new center (or centre) for Islamic art in North America

The Agha Khan gets artsy

  I don't know when (or even if) I'll get to Toronto again, but I'm excited about this: Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for bringing this article to my notice. See also here.   … [Read more...]

“You Never Know”

Charles and Anne Lindbergh

  This relatively longish "Mormon Messages" video (lasting nearly nine minutes) will speak especially to mothers and to women generally, I think -- though men very much need to hear it, to get it, and to appreciate it: Late last night, or, more accurately, early this morning, I began to read Anne Morrow Lindbergh's minor classic little book Gift from the Sea.  I've seen it for … [Read more...]

Something for your calendar

John Sorenson's map

  I'm not sure that I've called attention yet to the 2014 annual meeting of the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum, which will be held in Salt Lake City on 18 October:   … [Read more...]