A tragic story, but also an uncanny one, out of Utah

A warm day on the Spanish Fork River

  Read all the way through, and you'll see what I mean by "uncanny": http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/us/utah-baby-alive-submerged-car/ For a bit more detail, have a look at this: http://fox13now.com/2015/03/09/first-responder-talks-about-rescue-of-toddler-from-spanish-fork-river/   … [Read more...]

Moral relativism in elementary school?

Elementary school classroom

  The indispensable Ralph Hancock on Kant, sexual libertinism, and second grade: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623841/March-moral-madness-2-facts-vs-values.html   … [Read more...]

“The Plight of Palestine’s Religious Minorities”

Bethlehem, in the Church of the Nativity

  One perspective on the current situation of Christians, mostly, under Palestinian control: http://philosproject.org/plight-palestines-religious-minorities/   … [Read more...]

“Illusion, disillusionment and revelation”

Temple in Fresno

  A very nice mini-essay, worth reading and thinking about: http://www.millennialstar.org/illusion-disillusionment-and-revelation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheMillennialStar+%28Millennial+Star%29   … [Read more...]

A recipe for a good life

At Fishermen's Wharf in Monterey

  “Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can." Louisa May Alcott    … [Read more...]

“Water grab pits Vegas against Mormons”

A view of Lake Mead

  Here's a significant story, much more fundamentally important than the typical headline news on television and radio: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/03/07/258998/water-grab-pits-las-vegas-against.html Water is one of the most intractable issues in the Middle East, as well, pitting Israel against Jordan, Egypt against the Sudan and Ethiopia, and so forth.  Posted from San Jose, California    … [Read more...]

On Conan O’Brien in the Castros’ Cuba

Mr. Castro of Cuba

  Comedy for the clueless and comfortable? A Cuban-American writer's take on Conan's recent show from Cuba: http://remezcla.com/features/conans-tv-show-avoided-politics-but-for-cubans-its-not-that-easy/  Posted from Monterey, California    … [Read more...]

How to lose faith. Or the opposite.

Fujiyama Dawn

  A nice article, brought to my attention by Nathaniel Hancock: http://www.meetmormonmissionaries.org/833/growing-and-maintaining-a-testimony I quite like Elder Charles Didier's ironic recommendations for losing a testimony, a kind of six-step program: “Do not pray: the door to revelation will be closed. Do not be humble but listen to your own superior voice. Do not participate in the ordinances of the gospel, but follow the practices o … [Read more...]