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June 04, 2014
On Reading and Language (or, notes on what I have learned from literary theory)
There are at least two very important things that I learned from literary theory, especially...
May 18, 2014
I guess it must be the approaching milestone of turning fifty, but I am in...
May 04, 2014
Waiting on the Lord
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh...
April 04, 2014
The Blessings of Service: Lessons from Guatemala
Service opens the world to us. That, anyway, is what I have experienced in Guatemala...
March 09, 2014
Anger, Forgiveness, and Community
I have been blogging here for two years, and throughout this time, I have...
February 09, 2014
Agreeing to Disagree: Political Differences in a Community of Faith
Can people of faith be one even or especially if we aren’t in agreement on...
February 02, 2014
Mormons and Public Transportation
Recently an article in the Salt Lake Tribune raised the timely question, Is air pollution...
January 23, 2014
Chile Journal #5: The Hope of Nature
Pablo Neruda once said that if you didn’t know southern Chile and the Chilean forest,...
January 20, 2014
Chile Journal #4: What Courage Looks Like
"Why were they imprisoned, your parents?" I asked my new friend, Tito, who was introduced...
January 13, 2014
Chile Journal #3: Serendipity and Second Chances
Twenty-six years ago, I was a student in a study abroad program in West Berlin....
January 10, 2014
Chile Journal #2
It has been an overwhelming week thus far, and it will be hard to summarize...
January 06, 2014
Chile Journal #1
I am currently on a research trip to Chile for a novel that I am...
December 29, 2013
The Biggest LDS News of 2013
It has been an eventful year in the LDS community and in Utah. I think...
December 23, 2013
Let us suppose that the rich young man who came to Jesus to ask what...
December 10, 2013
Why Working For Conservation Is Good For Democracy
Today it was my immense honor to receive the Nature Conservancy of Utah's Conservation Partner of...
November 28, 2013
Grateful To Be An “Unworthy Creature”
As usual at this time of year, I find myself reflecting on the blessings of...
November 24, 2013
The Poetry of Everyday
I remember my daughter, Camilla, all of six years old when we were on a...
November 10, 2013
The Quest for Great Mormon Literature
When I was in college, I had the privilege of listening to a reading by...
October 31, 2013
On Science and Religion
The great artist Andy Goldsworthy in the documentary about his work, Rivers and Tides, is...
October 20, 2013
There Are Many Gifts
The requirements of gospel living are really very simple. Jesus taught us that it boils...
October 13, 2013
Fishing for Metaphors
Fishers are compulsive storytellers. Maybe it is because they have spent so many hours for...
October 06, 2013
Mental Illness and the Atonement
Inspired by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s masterful talk on mental illness, I have been reflecting...
September 29, 2013
Bishops, Lay Clergy, and the Quest for Community
Several experiences lately have caused me to reflect on the nature of a lay clergy...
September 15, 2013
On Poetry and Politics, or Why We Can’t Seem to Stop Fighting
In honor of Seamus Heaney’s life so well lived, I revisited one of my favorite...
September 08, 2013
On Music and Community
Last night I had the unusual opportunity to hear James Taylor sing with the Mormon...
September 01, 2013
Science, Faith, and Policy
Living in Utah provides interesting up-close observations of tensions that are being worked out within...
August 25, 2013
Reading Literature as a Religious Practice
A course devoted to reading the Book of Mormon as literature made headlines recently....
August 15, 2013
An Appeal To Those Concerned But Not Yet Alarmed By Climate Change
(This is cross-posted at ) According to a recent study done at Yale University only 13% of Americans...
August 11, 2013
A Mormon Sense of Place, as Seen by a Non-Mormon
Mark Twain was perhaps the first of outside visitors to Mormon Utah, arriving with pen...
August 04, 2013
Love and Losses
I recently had the unique opportunity to hear recordings made on cassette tape over thirty...
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