“5 Reasons Why Mormons Are Happier”

LA Temple from SW

  Social science survey data indicates that they are. But why? http://janariess.religionnews.com/2015/07/02/5-reasons-why-mormons-are-happier-says-researcher/  Posted from San Diego, California  … [Read more...]

Personal Encounters with Elder Packer (Part 3)

BKP sculpture

  Despite the almost instant phone call that I mentioned in my previous installment, that episode didn't begin a period of constant interaction with Elder Packer. So this next encounter was quite discrete and unexpected. First, you need to understand that I'm a living, walking, breathing violation of Doctrine and Covenants 88:124 ("retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary").   I've tried to repent for years, but the repentance never lasts. … [Read more...]

“The science of sleeping in, and why you probably shouldn’t”

A sleeping vulpes zerda

  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/science-sleeping-in/  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

New Testament 195

Aysh or khubz

  Luke 12:1Compare Matthew 16:5-6; Mark 8:14-15 "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." Just a little bit of leaven affects the entire loaf.  So, too, just a tiny trace of obvious hypocrisy taints a person's reputation, authority, and moral stature.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

His most famous line from the 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco

Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

  "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."  (Barry M. Goldwater)  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“ISIS opens new front in Egypt”

ISIS territory

  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/07/02/isis-attack-in-egypt/ "Our objective is clear," President Obama declared to the nation from the State Floor of the White House on 10 September 2014.  "We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL [aka ISIS or the "Islamic State"] through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy." How's that coming?  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

On California today

Ruby's, on Balboa Pier

  Things are a bit out of joint here in California. A few days ago, for example, when we dropped by Ruby's Diner along the Pacific Coast Highway just below Newport Beach in order for me to get a date milkshake -- I've been getting date milkshakes there for as long as I can remember -- they were out of dates! That's what Californian's get, I think, for putting Jerry Brown back into the governor's office. But I was relieved to see, … [Read more...]

New Testament 194

Old City bazaar J'lem

  Luke 11:37-54Compare Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-9; Luke 20:46; John 8:6 These are powerful verses against cultivating an outward appearance of righteousness without the inward attitudes that accompany the real thing. I've always liked a German word that is the rough equivalent of English hypocrite:  Scheinheiliger.  A not very elegant but fairly literal translation is "appearance saint." The important thing is the inner reality, n … [Read more...]