“A practical way to remember the departed”

    My Deseret News column for this week is now up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655451/A-practical-way-to-remember-the-departed.html   It was inspired by Memorial Day, and by thinking of the hundreds of millions of people who have gone on before.     [Read more…]

“Citizen Khan”

    A somewhat longish but genuinely remarkable story in the New Yorker by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize:   http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/06/zarif-khans-tamales-and-the-muslims-of-sheridan-wyoming   Wyoming, murder, vendors of tamales, anti-Muslim bigotry, successful stock market investing, ballet — it’s all there.   I found this piece really astonishing.   I could imagine a great movie coming from [Read More…]

“It tolls for thee”

    All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators: some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some [Read More…]

BOM Alma 15

    Today’s reading, Alma 15, is very straightforward.   But we shouldn’t overlook its illustration of the fact that repentance can occur in seemingly unlikely people.  And we should never minimize that fact.   Even avowed enemies of the Church can can change.     [Read more…]

“UK’s Oldest Handwritten Document Found”

    http://www.seeker.com/uks-oldest-hand-written-document-found-1834432139.html     [Read more…]

“A Warning against Wolves and Delusions among the Saints”

    My indispensable friend Ralph Hancock calls our attention to words from October 1972 general conference that seem eerily relevant to our situation today:   A Warning against Wolves and Delusions among the Saints – October 1972 General Conference, Session 5 (Priesthood Session)   Some complain that the basic messages at general conference are [Read More…]

Some “safe spaces” are more equal than others

    I realize that I’m really old and terminally uncool, as well as white and male and a member of the privileged oppressor class, but, well . . .   Okay, I’m just going to blurt it out:   It makes little sense to me that leftist students at a university (!) would need [Read More…]

Bernard Lewis at 100

    Here are some words of appreciation (from several authors) for the man whom I consider the greatest living scholar of the Middle East in the English-speaking world:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435984/bernard-lewis-100-birthday-appreciation-friends-admirers   I used some of his work on the Isma‘ili Shi‘is and the “Assassins” in my doctoral dissertation and, years later, employed another of his books [Read More…]

Cthulhu in 2016!

    One report is now saying that Mitt Romney definitely won’t be entering the race for the White House:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/436045/donald-trump-mitt-romney-forgoes-further-criticism   Which, if true (it probably is, but it has been questioned), leaves me thinking, given Hillary Clinton as the virtually inevitable Democratic nominee and Mr. Donald Trump as the almost certain Republican nominee, [Read More…]

How to win friends

    “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)     [Read more…]