If real meetings worked the way video conferences do

Bug-toothpick not included

  Those of you who've ever participated in a virtual meeting via conference call will appreciate this: http://twentytwowords.com/2014/01/23/what-if-the-annoyances-of-conference-calls-happened-in-real-life-meetings-painfully-accurateand-hilarious/ On-line meetings already offer a great many positives, but, someday, we or our successors will recall the state of today's technology with amusement, rather the way we look at those who drove early motor … [Read more...]

“An ancient pagan prophecy of Christ”?

Michelangelo's "Delphic Sibyl," from the Sistine Chapel

   The bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News column is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594809/An-ancient-pagan-prophecy-of-Christ.html?pg=all  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Ciao! (with manatees)

Entrance to the park

  Still (slowly) recovering from an unusually severe cold -- health wise, 2014 hasn't been my best year, thus far -- and badly needing to get some work done, I stayed "home" today while my wife headed out with friends.  They went around Blue Spring State Park, near Lake Mary, north of Orlando, and looked at manatees.  In the evening, though, we all met my son and my daughter-in-law at Ciao Italia, a restaurant that we've enjoyed in the past.  It was … [Read more...]

“Book of Mormon Minimalists and the NHM Inscriptions: A Response to Dan Vogel”

One of the NHM altars (photo by Jack Welch?) (Click on image to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   It's Friday!  So it's time for another installment in the latest volume of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/book-of-mormon-minimalists-and-the-nhm-inscriptions-a-response-to-dan-vogel/  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“From a distance”

From a distance (Click on image to enlarge it.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I first heard this moving song, and fell in love with it, in a performance from Nanci Griffith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzOVn9Gmpts Here are the lyrics -- with very slight but, I think, excellent, changes -- as Bette Midler sings them in her more familiar rendition: From a distance the world looks blue and green, And the snow-capped mountains white. From a distance the ocean meets the stream, And the eagle takes to … [Read more...]

“You can’t say fathers are essential if the law redefines marriage to make them optional”

Terrified of losing the privilege and power with which we've oppressed, exploited, and polluted the entire planet for thousands of horrible years, we old white European males are perpetually angry.  Nonetheless, it is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

   More irrational, hate-filled, bigoted Bible-thumping -- the only kind of "argument" that troglodytes of my ilk are capable of deploying in our desperate and doomed battle against love and goodness -- on the matter of same-sex "marriage": http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/14/marriage-testimony-cant-say-fathers-essential-law-redefines-marriage-make-optional/  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“What I learned from visiting the new Mormon temple”

The Gilbert Arizona Temple will be dedicated on 2 March. (Photo by Nicholas Greene)

   A nice little article by a rabbi, reflecting upon his visit to the soon-to-be-dedicated Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: http://www.jewishaz.com/community/what-i-learned-from-visiting-the-new-mormon-temple/article_fab9f51c-82db-11e3-b97b-001a4bcf6878.html    Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“The decline of revelation and the origin of the Old Testament”

"Moses and the Burning Bush" (Arnold Friberg, 1954) Moses probably never owned a Bible.

  My Deseret News column for this week has appeared: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594686/The-decline-of-revelation-and-the-origin-of-the-Old-Testament.html I'm relieved!   … [Read more...]