In and around Bayeux

    On Saturday, we drove into Bayeux, where we spent considerable time looking at the very famous Bayeux Tapestry and looking about the accompanying museum.  My wife has see the Tapestry several times, but this is my first visit to Normandy.  It’s a fascinating illustrated document, 230 feet long, that was possibly commissioned either by Queen [Read More…]

“My belief makes me no less a scientist”

    “Nevertheless, just as I believe that the Book of Scripture illumines the pathway to God, so I believe that the Book of Nature, with its astonishing details-the blade of grass, the Conus cedonulli, or the resonance levels of the carbon atom-also suggest a God of purpose and a God of design. And I [Read More…]

“Today’s sun dries yesterday’s tears”

      A poem appears in two languages on the wall of the World War Two museum in Arromanche.  The last verse reads as follows:   Voir ces enfants qui rient En jouant dans la mer. Le soleil d’aujourd’hui Sèche les larmes d’hier.   And, in English,   See the children laughing And playing [Read More…]

“What Thank Ye the Jews?”

    A YouTube video of a March address by the remarkably prolific Dr. Matt Bowen, of BYU-Hawaii, to the B’nai Shalom of Salt Lake City:     Posted from Carentan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

An addendum to my account of Friday

    I mentioned yesterday that Claude Monet loved to paint the Cathedral of Rouen, but I failed to note two interesting tombs in it:   One is the burial place of Rollo (originally Hrolf, d. ca. 930 AD), the founder of the Viking dynasty that eventually became the Duchy of Normandy.  He was the [Read More…]

Catching up on the day-by-day

    On our first full day in France, we drove from Paris to Normandy.  It’s a bit of a long drive and, alas, we got a late start owing to some trouble with the rental car.  So we had to skip going to Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.  It’s a favorite spot for my [Read More…]

“When Monaliza Smiled”

    On Thursday, while flying from Qatar to France on a very nice Qatar Airlines passenger jet, I watched a 2012 Jordanian film entitled When Monaliza Smiled (لما ضحكت موناليزا‎‎; Lamma Dehket Monaliza).   It’s a light romantic comedy.  Not great, but pleasant.  And very human.  (With subtitles, for those of you who don’t speak Arabic.)   It [Read More…]

“LDS Charities Clean Water Program”

    Once more, for those who think that LDS Church leaders care only for the Church’s bottom line:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/infographic-lds-charities-clean-water-program   I know, I know.  This won’t be allowed to count.   But that says a great deal about certain rather unhinged critics, and little or nothing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day [Read More…]

“Tabby’s star is dimming again, and astronomers are excited”

    This is a puzzling phenomenon.  Some have even suggested, at least half seriously, the possibility that an “alien megastructure” is periodically passing between us and the star.   https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/tabbys-star-is-dimming-again-and-astronomers-are-excited/   Posted from Carentan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

Once again, Franklin Roosevelt’s remarkable D-Day prayer

        Being where I am right now, and having spent the day the way I have, I’ve unavoidably thought of the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered on 6 June 1944.  You can listen to it at this link, and here’s the text:   Prayer on D-Day, June 6, 1944:  “My [Read More…]