“Legendary gay designers oppose gay marriage, gay parenting, surrogacy”

Dolce & Gabbana logo

  If even I've heard of Dolce and Gabbana -- typical exchange, from last night:  "She was sitting right ahead of us," says my wife," with really blonde hair that had bright purple on the ends, in a flaming red dress."  "Nope," I reply, once again revealing myself as the ever-vigilant fashionista that I am.  "Never noticed her.  Don't know who she is." -- there's at least a chance that you have, too. … [Read more...]

One of my peeves: the misuse of “literally”

clouds in the sky

  It is very useful, when one is young, to learn the difference between "literally" and "figuratively." If something happens literally, it actually happens; if something happens figuratively, it feels like it is happening. If you are literally jumping for joy, for instance, it means you are leaping in the air because you are very happy. If you are figuratively jumping for joy, it means you are so happy that you could jump for joy, but are saving your energy for other … [Read more...]

I’ve just invented a wholly original new word!

Fireworks celebration

  I'm really excited about a new word that I've just invented. It's plagiarism.   … [Read more...]

“The Match-Up You’ve Been Waiting For: Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney”

Evander Holyfield in the ring

  I'm not making this up: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/16/the-match-up-youve-been-waiting-for-evander-holyfield-vs-mitt-romney/   … [Read more...]

New Testament 108

Sea of Galilee map

  Matthew 11:20-24Luke 10:12-15 It surprises people to see how small the area is in which the Galilean ministry of Jesus was concentrated: Magdala, from which Mary Magdalene derived her name, is on the western shore of the lake, and its ruins are still plainly visible today.  (Our tours -- there's still room on the one leaving in about a month -- always drive by Magdala two or three times.)  Bethsaida, possibly the … [Read more...]

“Solving the Riddle of Near-Death Experiences”

Paradiso di Dante

  An article in the current issue of The Atlantic provides a pretty good overview of the current issues: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/03/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/386231/ I think I detect a bias toward an ultimately materialistic explanation in Gideon Lichfield's writing -- he tends to call it "scientific" -- but he provides a reasonably fair summation.  And I'm inclined to think that, if he's giving us the best the … [Read more...]

“Passion and Passover: Jesus and Temple”

Temple Model J'lem

  On Monday, March 30, there will be a conference entitled "Passion and Passover: Jesus and Temple." It will be at BYU in the Hinckley Center main assembly room. Admission is free. We invite everyone to join us in this scholarly celebration of Passover and Easter. It is a presentation of the Academy for Temple Studies, co-sponsored by BYU Studies and the Religious Studies program at USU. The speakers are world-class scholars in Bible studies.Jesus and Temple: Passion a … [Read more...]

A beautifully done “Mormon Messages” video on the Ten Commandments

Jabal Musa

  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/new-mormon-message-focuses-on-the-ten-commandments These were designed to be shared, to go viral, to take the message of the Gospel all around the world. Do your part!   … [Read more...]