“Salt Lake City hoping to boost tourism by reminding visitors they’re free to leave at any time”

The Salt Lake Temple

  From The Onion, which is at least as reliable a news source as several major broadcast and cable networks: http://www.theonion.com/video/salt-lake-city-hoping-to-boost-tourism-by-remindin,36744/?playlist=recent-news  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

A tiny genetic variance, but enormous differences

Bonobo X 2

  Writing in the September 2014 issue of Scientific American, Kate Wong reminds us that "chimps and bonobos . . . take pride of place [I sometimes wonder whether they would or should actually be proud of it!] as our nearest living relatives, sharing approximately 99 percent of our DNA, with gorillas trailing at 98 percent." "Yet," she continues on to note, "that tiny portion of unshared DNA makes a world of difference: it gives us, for instance, our bipedal … [Read more...]

“Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?”

ISIS killing people (yawn)

  Today's biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865610336/Is-Islam-a-primary-cause-of-international-violence.html  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 5

cross section of Israel

  Of the many things that could be said about 1 Nephi 5, I choose to focus, today at least, on up and down. In 1 Nephi 5:1, Nephi and his brothers come "down" from Jerusalem to the "wilderness" where his parents, Lehi and Sariah, anxiously await their return.  (Cf. 1 Nephi 5:5.) In 1 Nephi 5:6, they're described as having gone "up" to "the land of Jerusalem." Throughout these chapters, while the Lehite party is still in the vicinity of … [Read more...]

“Escaping Death in Northern Iraq”

a map of ISIS/ISIL

  A harrowing (and, be warned, slightly graphic) video account of the barbarous cruelty of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS, or ISIL): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/world/middleeast/surviving-isis-massacre-iraq-video.html  Posted from Depoe Bay, Iraq    … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Help with Missionary Work

helping the missionaries

   Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

A brief glimpse of some Islamic architecture

This would be stunning.

  When I was much, much younger, I dreamed of being an architect.  The only thing that kept me from going that direction was an utter and absolute lack of even the slightest visual talent -- though, obviously, that hasn't prevented a lot of people from entering the profession nonetheless. I'm still completely smitten with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead (loosely based on Wright and his mentor Louis Sullivan) powerfully affected m … [Read more...]

Two new articles from “Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture”

World Mark, Depoe Bay

  Sorry to be so late with this.  It's difficult to post blog entries while driving winding coastal roads, walking on a beach, driving further southward on winding coastal roads, crabbing at Nehalem Bay, driving still more winding coastal roads, eating a grilled cheese sandwich along with a chocolate milk shake at the Tillamook Cheese factory, and then, for a change, driving yet more winding coastal roads. But I'm back online. For, I think, at l … [Read more...]