“Noah . . . prepared an ark to the saving of his house”

An image of Noah's ark from the Nuremberg Chronicle (Click to enlarge.)

   In The Interpreter Foundation's fifty-sixth (56th) scripture roundtable, Jeffrey Bradshaw, Andrew Smith, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss lesson 6 from the 2014 Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual.  This lesson focuses on Moses 8, Genesis 6-9, and Genesis 11: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-56-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-6-noah-prepared-an-ark-to-the-saving-of-his-house/  Posted from Orlando, … [Read more...]

“Hollywood conservatives get a taste of the new blacklist”

The late Senator Joseph P, McCarthy

  Here's an amusing story: http://www.humanevents.com/2014/01/24/hollywood-conservatives-get-a-taste-of-the-new-blacklist/  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

The Spirit of the Swamp

Water Lilies, by Claude Monet

   I'm on sabbatical, which is why I can be in Florida now while BYU is in session. But I've still got plenty of things that I've promised to get done, and that I want to get done, while I'm on sabbatical, which is why (for example) I've skipped out on the theme parks while I'm here -- twice, thus far. I've had some fun here, though.  For example, some of us went, the other day, to an exhibit on "Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough, and the … [Read more...]

“If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted”

"Cain and Abel," by William Blake (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   Jeffrey Bradshaw, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss 2014 Gospel Doctrine lesson #5, which focuses on Moses 5-7: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-55-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-5-if-thou-doest-well-thou-shalt-be-accepted/ This is The Interpreter Foundation's fifty-fifth (55th) scripture roundtable.  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“More Imperfect Unions”

A family

  A thought-provoking piece on government family policy: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/opinion/sunday/douthat-more-imperfect-unions.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20140126&_r=2  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Nephi the Good: A Commentary on 1 Nephi 1:1-3″

Wadi Sayq, in Oman.  Nephi's 'Bountiful"?

   Did I call attention to this entry on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation? http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/blog/page/2/ I think not.  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Is “thug” really the new, socially acceptable, form of the “n-word”?

You want a real thug?  Meet Al Capone.

  I was, frankly, surprised at this claim when I first heard it from Richard Sherman. It didn't strike me as true at all.  When I think of "thugs," I believe I seldom if ever think of blacks.  If anything, frankly, I'm probably usually picturing Mafia "muscle" -- presumably of Italian or Italian-American origin.  Guido.  Giovanni "Johnny the Fist" Falcone.  Union enforcers.  Stereotypical. Is it generational?  Am I simply out of touch?  A few others … [Read more...]

Raglan Road, Orlando


  With four friends, my wife and I met up with our son and his Havana-born wife at one of their favorite places, Raglan Road.  It's at least our third time there.  Via DNA testing, our daughter-in-law just discovered, to her astonishment, that she's minority but substantially Irish, which must surely explain her long-standing enthusiasm for an Irish pub:  Plainly, it's the call of the Old Country. Raglan Road is a fun place, with excellent food, good Irish da … [Read more...]