On watching the polls

    “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone.” (John Quincy Adams)     [Read more…]

An Election Unworthy of America

    Why do I feel such deeply visceral antipathy to Mr. Donald J. Trump?   Partly, it’s because of the way in which he’s coarsened American political discourse.   Consider these two short essays:   1.   Jim Geraghty describes   “An Election Unworthy of America”   2.   David French recounts some of the [Read More…]

“How Could Ye Have Departed from the Ways of the Lord?”

    In the 187th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, the focus is on Mormon 1-6 and 9 — or, in other words, lesson 43 in the 2016 Gospel Doctrine manual — and the discussants are Shon Hopkin and Martin Tanner   Scripture Roundtable 187: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43, How [Read More…]

“Evan McMullin: the ‘unknown Mormon’ who could take Utah from Trump and Clinton”

    An interesting article in the British newspaper The Telegraph:   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/22/evan-mcmullin-the-unknown-mormon-who-could-take-utah-from-trump/   Posted from Chicago, Illinois     [Read more…]

“This is My Gospel”

    In the 186th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Beth Tracey joins with Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster for a discussion of 3 Nephi 27-28 and 4 Nephi 1, in connection with Lesson 42 in the 2016 Gospel Doctrine manual:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-186-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-42-this-is-my-gospel/   Posted from Chicago, Illinois     [Read more…]

“Washing Clay from the Eyes: How Enoch Became a Seer”

    Jeff Lindsay’s interesting take:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/10/washing-clay-from-eyes-how-enoch-became.html   Posted from Chicago, Illinois     [Read more…]

Relief and joy

    Nearly two and a half years ago, our family went through an experience of excruciating pain.  This morning, a granddaughter arrived, healthy, safe, and beautiful.   We’re relieved, and deeply grateful.   Posted from Chicago, Illinois     [Read more…]


    “If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences.” — Alfred, Lord Milner (d. 1925)   Posted from Chicago, Illinois     [Read more…]

Quite a German day

    My wife and I had lunch with my long-time friend Scott Woolley today, at the Berghoff, which has been something of a Chicago institution for over a century.  I haven’t come to Chicago all that often, for some reason — apart from what used to be frequent plane transfers at Chicago O’Hare — [Read More…]

Sunday night, at the corner of 8th South and 8th East, in Orem, Utah

  If you’re local, you’ve seen the two exceptionally large LDS meetinghouses that share this corner not far from Costco.  The fireside will be in the northeasternmost of the two buildings, and, I understand, in its east chapel.  (Each building has two chapels.)     I’ve known and admired Jack Welch for much of my life, and [Read More…]