Gratitude #3

 In this third gratitude essay, I focus on my dad. I have written many essays about him and his influence in my life, which you can find by simply googling his name—Robert Wallace Blair.  Or look here.I am grateful that Dad’s heart was always good, that his fidelity was constant. He has expressed regret that he wasn’t fully present for us kids as we were growing up, though I remember him as very much a presence. Perhaps as he settled into his professorship, he spent too many hours aw … [Read more...]

Every Word

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 This is a guest post by my nephew, Josh Sabey, about a fascinating project for Biblical studies. This project attempts to increase interfaith interaction and cohesion by creating a crowdsourced study Bible. The website works like this: Users may post their own interpretations, as well as videos, music, books, or other resources relevant to a particular passage of scripture. Results may then be filtered by religion, author, medium, and so on. By crowdsourcing Biblical commentary, … [Read more...]

The Future of Mormonism (the Next Five Years)

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Mormonism. Read other perspectives here.Despite claims that the sky is falling and multiple reproductions of trumpeting Moroni are toppling from various spires, the future of Mormonism is bright. We are on a bridge. The past five years include the LDS Church's huge step into transparency.  The hard historical issues visited by official essays were shocking to some, validating to others, and ign … [Read more...]

Death, Thou Shalt Die!

 This blog will be periodically edited.  It will contain my reflections on my father's final days on earth. … [Read more...]

Three Doors (A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Post)

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The Waiting Rooms in the Great Beyond Peter may indeed wait at the Pearly Gates, but there is another gate for people who die harboring hurt feelings.  The greeter is female and wears diaphanous white robes with a crown of light which you might mistake for a Santa Lucia wreath, until you realize that there are no actual candles, just the light—haloing her head, each light a sun.  You have to squint to see her face.  It is surprising that you can see anything in the midst of such brig … [Read more...]

He is Risen! She is Risen!

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It is a triumphant song.  I have loved it since I was a child.  I even composed my own, majestic arrangement of it during my teen yers.  it's the sort of song you could imagine being sung at a coronation.It has many more meanings to me now than it had when I created my own version of it all those years ago.He is risen:My brother, Bobby. On Dad's birthday in 1982, my brother (his son) was pinned to the earth, his hips crushed, by a falling stadium gate.  When my mother entered the ER, … [Read more...]

Invisible Women and The Winter’s Tale

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The best role for a female Shakespearean actor is Hermione in The Winter's Tale.  Hermione, though absent for much of the play, dominates it with her nobility and grace.  Unlike Rosalind or Portia or others of Shakespeare's strong women, Hermione never puts on a man's clothes to show her power.  She is already empowered.  She states it herself when she is brought to trial for adultery, of which she is innocent. Since what I am to say must be but that Which contradicts my accusation and The tes … [Read more...]