Words of rain and thunder

A quotation from Mevlana

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New Testament 5

Tell el-Ariha wa al-madina al-hadith

  Luke 1:57-80 We were previously told that Zechariah had been stricken dumb, but in Luke 1:62, he seems to be deaf, as well. Commentators are divided on this, and so am I.  Was he really deaf?  Had the author simply failed to mention this earlier?  Or is this a comic scene, where his inability to speak makes his friends and kinfolk assume, quite illogically, that he's also unable to hear?   If that's the case, it's rather like the common but silly … [Read more...]

“Utah’s Donut Hall of Fame”

Acres of Krispy Kremes. Paradise on earth.

  My life, of course, revolves around these places, and others like them.  Basically, I stagger from one to the next, hoping to survive the travel time.  Sometimes, I get a little work done while making the desperate dash: http://www.newscastic.com/news/utahs-donut-hall-of-fame-top-10-places-to-get-insanely-delicious-donuts-in-the-beehive-state-1465129/ Or not.   … [Read more...]

Everything’s copacetic in the Castros’ Cuba!

Everything's copacetic in Cuba!

  I am, as I say, ambivalent about the long-standing American policy of isolating Cuba. But I'm enormously unimpressed with the idea of ending that policy at just the time when, thanks to plummeting oil prices, Cuba's economic enablers in Russia and Venezuela are reeling and Cuba is, therefore, in a very weak bargaining position -- and doing so as a free gift, without any apparent concessions at all from the Castro brothers. Here's something on the … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 22

Distant in an animal feeding-trough

  An arrangement for piano, by Mark Hayes, of Away in a Manger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veB_qcN3UT8 My wife heard the coloratura soprano Lisa Prina sing this arrangement at a small gathering yesterday, Wednesday, accompanied by Jeffrey Price, and was absolutely smitten with it.   … [Read more...]

Called to serve, in Norway

Looking toward Kjøsnesfjorden

   I'm delighted that it can now be publicly announced that our across-the-street neighbors, Tracy and Joeen Hill, have accepted the call to preside over the Norway Oslo Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.    It's now their responsibility to convert my relatives there.  I'll be holding them accountable.     … [Read more...]

Elder Maxwell on the Book of Mormon

How he's missed!

  Thanks to John Hancock for calling my attention to this wonderful appreciation, by the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Book of Mormon, which evidently comes from a speech that Elder Maxwell delivered at BYU in 1986: "I am glad the book will be with us 'as long as the earth shall stand.' I need and want additional time. For me, towers, courtyards, and wings await inspection. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 24

Think about it!

  I shared this one quite a while back, but many may have missed it.  And even if you didn't miss it, it's still very, very powerful.  It hit me all over again, just now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr15YOlZfuY   … [Read more...]