A desert plant that defies gravity?

    Supposedly, I see science as an enemy and, to the limited extent that I don’t fear it, value science only for the occasional “gee-whiz” factoid.   There’s probably little if anything that I can do to nudge rigid ideologues and bitter haters into a richer contact with reality, so . . .  what [Read More…]

From Vermont: “Man With a Mormon Plan”

    Here’s an interesting story with connections to both Utah and Vermont:   Man with a Mormon plan   You may be hearing considerably more about this story in the future; it has the makings of a really good controversy.     [Read more…]

The “San Diego Union-Tribune” makes its Republican presidential endorsement

    California’s presidential primary is today, and the San Diego Union-Tribune has made its pick in the Republican contest:   http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/02/time-to-send-trump-a-message-gop/     [Read more…]

“Their own public Idaho: Twin Falls, a conservative city in Idaho, likes refugees”

    I’ve been gratified and proud that, on the whole, Latter-day Saints have been very resistant to the appeal of Trumpism.  (The Economist of London noted this back in March.)  Whereas, to their shame, many Evangelicals and Evangelical leaders — including a number who vocally denounced Mitt Romney as a “non-Christian”–  have fallen all over [Read More…]

“My Deceased Son’s Answer to What It’s All About”

    Worthwhile reading from Melissa Dalton-Bradford:   My Deceased Son’s Answer to What It’s All About     [Read more…]

On sainthood

    A saint has to be a misfit. A person who embodies what his culture considers typical or normal cannot be exemplary. Martin E. Marty       [Read more…]

BOM Alma 20

    Today’s reading, Alma 20, relates yet another dramatic episode from the dramatic story of Ammon among the Lamanites.   The narrative is quite straightforward, but it illustrates very nicely the way in which a refusal to return enmity can actually disarm someone who has been an enemy for a very long time.  I would think [Read More…]

The sites of D-Day, then and now

    Thanks to Rodney Ross for reminding me of this truly remarkable and wonderfully well done photo essay from The Atlantic, showing sites (and sights) of the Normandy invasion that occurred 72 years ago today:   http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2014/06/scenes-from-d-day-then-and-now/100752/     [Read more…]

“Make America Good Again!”

      A few worthwhile articles on the continuing crisis.   For those who want to support Mr. Trump because of his good attitude toward the judiciary:   “Trump’s Outrageous Attack on Judge Curiel”   It’s painful to see people lined up to kiss the Leader’s ring:   George F. Will, “The Price Paul Ryan [Read More…]

Ramadan Greetings!

    First of all, I would like to wish a blessed and happy Ramadan to any and all Muslims who might see this blog entry.  (And for that matter, I suppose, to everybody else.  Why shouldn’t everybody have a blessed and happy Ramadan?)   The sacred month of Muslim fasting and devotion and celebration [Read More…]