Regarding Zadar, Croatia

    We spent our day today in Croatia.  First, we walked in and about the port city of Zadar.   I’ve never been in Croatia before.  So this was all new to me.   Zadar is a very attractive city, and exceptionally clean.  I mean, no litter at all.  Immaculate.  We actually saw a man [Read More…]

Bucking the “Spiritual-but-Not Religious” Trend

    Complete freedom of choice and utter freedom without fetters may not be ideal for everybody (or, really, anybody).  And at least some are recognizing that:   http://interfaithradio.org/Archive/2017-June/Women_Who_Choose_Rules   Could this be a harbinger of the reversal of some current trends?  Probably not.  Alas.   Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

“Mormon Artifacts on Display at the Smithsonian”

    This will be a really interesting exhibition, even apart from the Mormon contents:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-artifacts-display-smithsonian   My wife, for example, has lately been doing a bit of reading on Jefferson and the so-called “Jefferson Bible.”   Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

“Answering a Critic on Book of Mormon Onomasticon”

    Robert Boylan responds to a critic of the Book of Mormon:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com.es/2017/06/answering-critic-on-book-of-mormon.html   Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

“The Universe May Be Conscious, Prominent Scientists State”

    Okay.  This may be merely weird.  Crazy pseudo-science.  Or it may be true and brilliantly insightful:   http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/the-universe-may-be-conscious-prominent-scientists-state?utm_source=realclearscience&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=partner   Just a thought.   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

“When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it?”

    My mention of this article is just a bit late, but the article is still informative and worthwhile:   When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it?   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

The true shame

    I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed. Ralph Ellison (1913-1994)   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

“Sophistry”

    Educating the public on how to recognize and avoid practical logical fallacies is a very meritorious undertaking:   http://hostsofheaven.blogspot.com.es/2017/06/sophistry.html   Think of all of the trouble we could avoid, for instance, if politicians and voters thought more reasonably.   Posted from the Adriatic Sea         [Read more…]

“Christian authors and other experts are trying to kickstart a ‘revolution of kindness’ across the country”

    I like this.  I like the idea of trying to be more deliberately kind.  To make it a resolution to do specific acts of non-habitual kindness on a regular basis, both for family members and friends and for strangers.   This May Be the Key to Happier, Healthier Lives   Posted from the [Read More…]

“Eyes to See and Ears to Hear”

    A very nice three-minute “Mormon Message,” based upon a conference address by Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-01-6000-eyes-to-see-and-ears-to-hear?category=topics/jesus-christ&lang=eng&cid=HP_FR_23-6-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyL1-A_   I did a short devotional for our group this evening — Church policy no longer permits onboard sacrament meetings — about the testimony given by New Testament women concerning the resurrection [Read More…]