Honoring the potential in even apparently unpromising people

    “I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.”  James A. Garfield   [Read more…]

“How Faith-Based Groups Power the U.S. Economy”

    A bit more on that recent report suggesting that, as a matter of fact, religion may actually not “poison everything”:   “How Faith-Based Groups Power the U.S. Economy”     [Read more…]

“Hanks and Eastwood Bring the Right Stuff to Sully’s Tale”

    My wife and I saw Sully a few days ago, and I concur with this review by John Podhoretz:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/hanks-and-eastwood-bring-the-right-stuff-to-sullys-tale/article/2004445   I recommend it.  It’s a good film.   It didn’t make me feel any better about insurance companies, though.   Last week, we discovered a very slow leak in some of [Read More…]

“Donald Trump Cannot Save Our Republic”

    This, I think, is a serious article that goes far beyond the quite obvious problems of Mr. Donald J. Trump as an individual.  It merits a reading, if you can access it:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/donald-trump-cannot-save-our-republic/article/2004461     [Read more…]

A new ugliness in American political life

    Alden Weight called this disturbing item to my attention.   It involves Rina Shah, a Republican of Indian background who is the communications director for Evan McMullin’s independent presidential campaign.   Warning:  It’s vile.  And, although the worst words have been bleeped out, it’s not difficult to know what they were:   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/09/21/a-trump-supporter-left-a-racist-voicemail-for-a-mcmullin-staffer-so-the-candidate-made-it-an-ad/ [Read More…]

“An ancient American book, dismissed as a fraud, proves to be genuine”

    My Thursday Deseret News column for this week is now up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663001/An-ancient-American-book-dismissed-as-a-fraud-proves-to-be-genuine.html     [Read more…]

“Have a curry leaf tree or a lime bush in your garden? Then you sure would have spotted the Common Mormon.”

    An article in The Hindu, entitled “Fluttering Black Beauties”:   http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/fluttering-black-beauties/article9131920.ece     [Read more…]

“Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?”

    https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/     [Read more…]

Two Quotations on Humility

    Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.  (C. S. Lewis)   One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.  (Madeleine L’Engle)     [Read more…]

“BYU Humanities Professor Commended by the Foreign Minister of Japan”

    I’m really pleased to see this richly deserved recognition come to my friend, colleague, former department chair, and former dean, Van Gessel:   https://news.byu.edu/news/byu-humanities-professor-commended-foreign-minister-japan       [Read more…]