Off the coast at San Clemente, California

Another bottlenose dolphin

  My last post but one puts me in mind of a slightly relevant personal story: I'm essentially an aquatic animal.  From about age five, I had a swimming pool in the back yard of my San Gabriel, California, home, and I spent much of most childhood summer vacation days in that pool (when I wasn't on a bicycle somewhere, and before my father put me to work during my summers at the family construction business).  I swam competitively for my high school, and so f … [Read more...]

“LDS Church responds to the Book of Mormon musical in Cincinnati”

No.  Not like this.  You can tell these aren't Mormons: The guy on the left has a beard, but Mormon males are typically clean-shaven. You can still be there for my lectures and fireside:  It's easy, and Cincinnati is a Delta Airlines hub!   … [Read more...]

This is pretty remarkable

Bottlenose dolphins in flight (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

 On a nighttime dive near Hawaii, two divers notice a bottlenose dolphin that has begun to swim around them, unusually close.  One of the divers notices that the dolphin has fishing line wrapped  around it, hindering its ability to swim.  It's apparently seeking help.   … [Read more...]

A dispute between BYU and two faithful and generous donors

On campus at Brigham Young University (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   This is a very sad and unfortunate case: I know Jim Siebach, and consider him a friend. I know more about the dispute than I can tell, and have opinions about it that I won't share. So what's the purpose of this post?  I think people should be aware of the case. Agreements between … [Read more...]

Governor Christie’s bridge scandal

George Washington Bridge 1

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“Talking on ‘What is Marriage?’”

The graduate college at Princeton University (Click to enlarge.)

   Here's an interview (I don't think I've linked to it before) with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. Dr. George is one of the most interesting social conservative intellectuals, and surely among the most courageous, in the English-speaking world.  He is an outspoken critic of the movement to redefine … [Read more...]

The pleasures of live theater

The Old Vic Theatre in London, location of my only speaking role in a British production (of "Macbeth")

  Coming of age in southern California, I was introduced by my parents to the Glendale Centre Theatre, founded by Ruth and Nathan Hale.  It eventually became a favorite place of mine to take dates. Then I married a drama major. Having taken up residence in Utah after graduate school, we soon found ourselves possessed of season tickets to the Hale Center Theater in Orem, where we've attended faithfully for many years.  (Attendance has now become s … [Read more...]

“New research supports Mormon dating guidelines”

The secret of our success

  You may have missed this: It's nice to see that there's a university out there where researchers dare to publish conclusions consistent with the socially rather conservative guidelines established by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   … [Read more...]