“Zero, Zilch, Nada”

    His ability to use flamboyance and outrageous remarks in order to gain free on-air time is, without question, stunning.  He dominated the primary news cycles and sucked all of the oxygen out of the room for his Republican rivals.   Whatever his weaknesses as a businessman and whatever the manifest defects of his [Read More…]

From a famous daughter of Amsterdam who was murdered while still in her teens

    “I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” Anne Frank (1929-1945)   Posted from Amsterdam, The Netherlands     [Read more…]

“Chelsea Handler: I Should Be ‘Applauded’ For Killing Two Babies In My Womb!”

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/7004/chelsea-handler-i-should-be-applauded-killing-two-amanda-prestigiacomo?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro   Posted from Amsterdam, The Netherlands     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 41

    I simply want to point out a chiasm in today’s reading, Alma 41 — and, specifically, in Alma 41:13-15 — as identified many years ago by my friend Jack Welch:   A      The meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again B             evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish—   [Read More…]

“Are Science and Religion in Conflict?”

    An excellent article by Peter Harrison, who, unlike many who pronounce confidently on the subject, actually knows a lot about about both science and religion:   Are Science and Religion in Conflict?   Posted from Amsterdam, The Netherlands     [Read more…]

“Trump’s Candidacy is a Gain for ISIS”

    http://www.americanvalues.org/magazine/trumps-candidacy-is-a-gain-for-isis/#.V3NzW1e0zdn   I’ve had the privilege of spending time with Dr. Hassan Mneimneh at small, nearly week-long discussions in Malta and in Malaga, Spain, and at the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta.  He’s extraordinarily impressive, and certainly one of the finest simultaneous translators I’ve ever seen.   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England   [Read More…]

Steven Spielberg on some Mormons

    I’m still  not sure how this happened:   http://www.ldsliving.com/Steven-Spielberg-Praises-LDS-YouTube-Family-They-Are-Famous-In-Our-Home/s/82509?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

On feeling the Spirit?

    “I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean, and the living air, and the blue sky, and in the mind of man . . .”  William [Read More…]

On the airport attack in Istanbul

    The news out of Istanbul is horrific.  It was meant to be so.   The international terminal there is a place that we know fairly well, and Istanbul is a city that we dearly love.   I’m told that tourism in Turkey has plummeted by roughly 45% over the past year, given the [Read More…]

BOM Alma 40

    There are few chapters of scripture that are more comforting to believers than Alma 40.   I’ve had to cite this passage at more than one family funeral:   11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all [Read More…]