“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...]

Birds of ill omen?

An ancient Roman augur prophesies based on the corn eaten by his hens.

   Oh man.  I'm sure that some rich symbolic significance could be read into this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/01/26/pope_francis_peace_doves_are_attacked_by_seagull_and_black_crow.html If only a well-qualified ancient augur were available!  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Grown-up thoughts on how to deal with poverty

A "cornucopia" seemed appropriate here

  It's a bit longer than would fit on a bumper sticker or into a soundbite, but it deals with actual data and engages actual reality: http://economics21.org/commentary/actually-we-won-war-poverty  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Taking Stories of Primeval History Seriously”

Hurry!  Supplies will be limited!

   An early response to The Interpreter Foundation's first published book: http://plonialmonimormon.blogspot.com/2014/01/taking-stories-of-primeval-history.html  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]