“New Religious Movements meet widely varied needs”

We may not be quite there yet, but give it time . . .

    This weekend's Hamblin/Peterson column has appeared in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590668/New-religious-movements-meet-widely-varied-needs.html    Posted from Park City, Utah.     … [Read more...]

“‘By His Own Hand, Upon Papyrus,’ Another Look”

The original of Facsimile 1 in the Book of Abraham

      A still relatively new Interpreter blog entry, from Stephen Smoot:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/by-his-own-hand-upon-papyrus-another-look/#more-4269   Posted from Park City, Utah     … [Read more...]

Portlandia

Some work overtime at this.

    A colleague with a connection to the city has a sign above his office door at BYU that reads "Keep Portland weird."   I suspect that he has little cause for worry:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/364105/portlands-congressman-kind-thought-portlandia-was-documentary-betsy-woodruff   Posted from Park City, Utah.     … [Read more...]

“Limhi’s Discourse: Proximity and Distance in Teaching”

In case you missed the name of the journal
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    For the sixty-eighth (68th) consecutive week since its founding, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a new article:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/limhis-discourse-proximity-and-distance-in-teaching/     … [Read more...]

Ender’s Game

Ender in command
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      My wife and I went to see the film version of Scott Card's famous, award-winning novel Ender's Game the other night.   I liked it.  (I can understand, though, why one review that I read reported that it felt a bit "rushed.")   Science fiction and fantasy are excellent vehicles for framing and contemplating moral issues without the political baggage and historical quibbles of fiction set in the supposedly "real" world, and Ender's Game … [Read more...]

An Evening with Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell at work

    My wife and I attended a wonderful BYU concert last night by the American violinist Joshua Bell.  (For those who care about such things, he was playing on the Huberman Stradivarius, which celebrates its 300th birthday this year -- and is worth roughly $3,500,000.00.  The Huberman has remarkable tone; this was, really, the first time that I think I've acutely appreciated the difference a great violin makes.)   The program was chronologically diverse, including … [Read more...]

“Obamacare Schadenfreudarama”

The Obama Administration finally figures out how to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions.

      A slightly lengthy but devastating and very funny article:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/363907/obamacare-schadenfreudarama-jonah-goldberg       … [Read more...]

Fading memories of Halloween

Hope

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