Yellowstone’s animals are fleeing the park area!

Below the quiet surface (Click to enlarge.)

   Their actions seem to suggest that the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone may be preparing to explode, which could have catastrophic consequences for life in the Western United States and well beyond.  But is this true? Probably not.   … [Read more...]

“I like a little rebellion now and then.”

First Image

  Some thoughts and a couple of images regarding that stand-off between Cliven Bundy, the rancher from the Mormon town of Bunkerville, Nevada, and the Federales: I've sometimes envied Southerners their strong sense of place, and of local character.  Frankly, right now, I'm proud to be a Westerner,      … [Read more...]


Don't worry. The Feds will use it better and more wisely than you would have.

   For you Americanos out there: You may be breathing a sigh of relief right now.  It's Tax Day.  You've finally got your taxes in.  Now you're free. Think again. You're not. National Tax Freedom Day isn't for another six days. Right  now, folks, odds are that you're still working for the Federales. And we haven't even factored in your state and local taxes yet. And the cost, … [Read more...]

“The Book of Mormon: A Brilliant Mess”

A title that's familiar to many Latter-day Saints

  It's always interesting to see what experienced writers have to say about the Book of Mormon.  A number of years ago, for example, Orson Scott Card published several insightful essays on the subject. And now, on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation, novelist Chris Heimerdinger offers some interesting thoughts about the book:   … [Read more...]

“Palm Sunday led to liberation from death”

The first Palm Sunday (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  This is a column that I published in the Deseret News for Palm Sunday in 2011: This past Sunday was Palm Sunday.  I rather wish that we Latter-day Saints at least mentioned it. I suspect that it's the fact that our early and culturally-formative converts came overwhelmingly from low-church, Bible-based, non-liturgical … [Read more...]

“God loves drunk people, too!”

The scene

  A man and his wife are awakened at three in the morning by a loud rapping on their front door. The man gets up and goes to the door, where a drunken stranger, standing on the porch in a torrential downpour, asks him for a push. "Not a chance," says the husband.  "It's 3:00 AM!" He slams the door and returns to bed. "Who was that?" his wife asks. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he … [Read more...]

Lehi’s Arabian “Bountiful” in Pictures

The Arabian Peninsula Lehi's Trail, from Jerusalem to Bountiful (Bountiful = Wadi Sayq?)

   Not many Westerners make it to Wadi Sayq, the leading candidate for Lehi's Old World "Bountiful."  (If you read through the material at the link I provide below, you'll soon see why.) To my sorrow, I myself haven't been there. But have a look at these photographs.  Perhaps they'll give you a sense of the reality of Lehi, Nephi, Sariah, and the rest of that small group in the sixth century B … [Read more...]

For some of my critics

A good diagnostic tool, in many cases

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