“Christian authors and other experts are trying to kickstart a ‘revolution of kindness’ across the country”

    I like this.  I like the idea of trying to be more deliberately kind.  To make it a resolution to do specific acts of non-habitual kindness on a regular basis, both for family members and friends and for strangers.   This May Be the Key to Happier, Healthier Lives   Posted from the [Read More…]

“Eyes to See and Ears to Hear”

    A very nice three-minute “Mormon Message,” based upon a conference address by Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-01-6000-eyes-to-see-and-ears-to-hear?category=topics/jesus-christ&lang=eng&cid=HP_FR_23-6-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyL1-A_   I did a short devotional for our group this evening — Church policy no longer permits onboard sacrament meetings — about the testimony given by New Testament women concerning the resurrection [Read More…]

“Chemists unravel why humans aren’t constantly bursting into flames”

      From the Royal Society of Chemistry:   https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/chemists-unravel-why-humans-arent-constantly-bursting-into-flames/3007617.article   I remember, from perhaps somewhere in my very early teens, reading frightening stories of spontaneous human combustion.  I haven’t thought about it since, but apparently it doesn’t happen and can’t happen  What a relief!   Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

“Surplus good deeds and Martin Luther’s rebellion”

    Another Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News article inspired by the fact that this year marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865683578/Surplus-good-deeds-and-Martin-Luthers-rebellion.html   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“How Religious Literacy Can Save Lives”

    An interesting angle that, I suspect, won’t have occurred to everybody:   How religious literacy can save lives   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

A Venetian voice

    “Pius X, in 1906, right here in Rome, had beatified the sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne, martyrs during the French revolution. During the trial they were condemned ‘to death for fanaticism.’ And one of them asked in her simplicity: ‘Your Honour, what does fanaticism mean?’ And the judge: ‘It is your foolish membership of [Read More…]

“Book of Mormon Names No Fiction Writer Would Choose”

    An interesting blog entry from the prolific Robert Boylan:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com.es/2017/06/book-of-mormon-names-no-fiction-writer.html   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“Iraqi Christians Detained by ICE Shouldn’t Be Deported”

    This should stop.   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448941/iraqi-christians-deportation-ice-refugees-trump   Contact Senator Mike Lee   Contact Senator Orrin Hatch   Contact the White House   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“The Ascent of the Blessed”

    This painting by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), which apparently belongs to a four-part altarpiece, hangs today in the Doge’s Palace in Venice, which I can see from where I’m sitting right now.   I don’t know whether or not I’ll get a chance to see the painting this time around. [Read More…]

“Nervous about your Muslim neighbors? Then invite them over for dinner”

      “Nervous about your Muslim neighbors? Then invite them over for dinner”   I love this idea, and I hope that it spreads.  And not only for Mormons and Muslims:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865683507/Nervous-about-your-Muslim-neighbors-Then-invite-them-over-for-dinner.html   I think that it could work between Democrats and Republicans — Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of [Read More…]