Entering into the holiday spirit in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson "protesters"

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“A day for grateful reflection”

cornucopia for Thanksgiving

  My Thanksgiving 2014 column in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865616521/A-day-for-grateful-reflection.html Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! By the way, I'm grateful to our neighbor, Joeen Hill, who made Norwegian potato lefse with her sister . . . and gave some of it to us.  An evocative taste of the Old Country, and a warm memory of my grandmother, whom I barely knew, and of my father -- a gift that was much … [Read more...]

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Mr. Obama’s immigration decree

Saturday Night Live

  http://www.ijreview.com/2014/11/206710-president-obama-gets-schoolhouse-rocked-snl-illegal-immigration-orders/ SNL, of course, is a notorious right-wing propaganda machine that hates Barack Obama because of the color of his skin. Thanks to Doug Ealy for bringing this to my attention.   … [Read more...]

Subjecting even holiday dinners to politics and the State

soldiers eating Thanksgiving rations

. Nearly one in five American families will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday today on government-provided food stamps: http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/nearly-1-5-households-will-celebrate-thanksgiving-food-stamps There are at least two distinct ways of reacting to this fact: 1)  You can lament the poverty that has brought so many Americans to this state and feel empathy for them.  Or, 2)  You can lament the … [Read more...]

Bear with stick

Mr. Yogi Bear, of Jellystone Park

  Okay.  If my previous two blog entries this morning didn't cheer you up at least a little bit, you may be hopeless.  But I'll give you one more try. One of my sons showed me this item last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghgg_fukbvU   … [Read more...]

Interpreter conference videos now available!

first temple in South America

  The Interpreter Foundation seeks to make its materials available to as many people as possible, as widely as possible, at the lowest cost possible -- most often, as in this case, at no charge whatever: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/videos-of-2014-temple-on-mount-zion-conference-now-available-for-free-viewing/ Many thanks to the presenters at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion conference, and to Bryce Haymond for creating these videos of … [Read more...]

A dog reflects with well-earned satisfaction upon his life’s work.

I know this dog. And dozens like him.

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“Hope” (a note from Samoa)

A waterfall in Samoa

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