An expression of thanksgiving

Arches National Park A Please click twice, distinctly, to view it in larger size. It's worth it.

   It has been a remarkably gratifying day.  Wonderful things will come of it.  And, so, as a gesture of thanks for such a day, I offer things of visual, aural, and literary beauty:  two photographs recently taken in southeastern Utah by my friend Will Schryver , a recording of Morten Lauridsen's ravishing O magnum mysterium from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge -- which is, itself, a place of remarkable beauty -- and a very famous poem by Gerard Manley H … [Read more...]

The Frog and Peach

The Yorkshire Moors ("Wuthering Heights" country)

  One of the all-time great British comedy skits, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Should the federal government be involved in EVERYTHING?

We're from the government, and we're here to help you!   … [Read more...]

“Is morality mere illusion?”

Is there really any reason to prefer one way over another?

   Judging by the number of comments already (some of them distinctly missing the point), I seem to have stirred up a bit of controversy with today's Deseret News column:   … [Read more...]

“God’s sheep recognize his voice”

Aslan and Emeth

   A Deseret News column from the past:   … [Read more...]

Tales from the Far Side of Reality

Here I am in my old office at the Maxwell Institute. (Click to enlarge.)

   Whenever I see misleading attempts to tell the story of my separation from the Maxwell Institute, I'll correct them.  (See here, for example.)  It's long since grown tiresome, but this is, I think, a duty that I owe both to my little bit of Mormon history and to myself. I know that this irritates some of you.  If so, stop reading.  You've been warned. Here are some snippets from the latest that I've encountered. "[The dir … [Read more...]

Better pay for fewer workers!

A scene at Duke University

  I believe that setting minimum legal wage levels is beyond the authority of the federal government in the United States. Leaving that principle aside, though, the question remains whether setting non-market-driven wage levels does more harm than good. A study issued today by Fuqua School of Business at Duke University argues that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.00 per hour, which is roughly where Mr. Obama seeks to peg it, would do … [Read more...]

Whatever’s necessary to increase suffering and injustice

Salt Lake City even LOOKS a bit like Tehran. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   There is, at the moment, a spirited debate underway about how unwed fathers are treated by Utah adoption laws.  And, of course, there's at least one related law suit working its way through the judicial system. This matter is receiving national attention from the news media, though I first read about it roughly three weeks ago in an article that, naturally, blamed the Mormons for … [Read more...]