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    Twelfth Lunch

    November 11th, 2010 I gave away the last lunch (somehow, the story of the eleventh lunch was never recorded and has been lost to the mists of time).  It had...
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    The Joys of Parenthood

    Why do we have such a hard time admitting to the realities of parenthood? This morning a dear friend of mine who has just given birth to her second baby...
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    Get Lost

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what we mean when we talk about “losing ourselves in a good book.”
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    Pausing for a Moment of Silence

    When my children had outgrown their need for a nap, but I had not yet outgrown my need to have them nap, we instituted “quiet time” where they could play...
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    Ren’s (former) Ride to the Winter Quarters, Nebraska Temple

    Today’s Ride to Church post comes from Ren (who now lives in Minnesota): I used to live in Omaha, Nebraska and this is my former ride to the Winter Quarters...
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    Earn This

    By Dan A long favorite movie scene of mine comes near the close of “Saving Private Ryan.” Capt. John Miller, the character played by Tom Hanks, lies dying in the...
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    The Good Book

    I love getting books in the mail. No seriously: I feel like no one could possibly understand how much I love it. It doesn’t happen often enough, but when we...
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    A Spoonful of Sugar

    Or how the ‘Making of Mary Poppins’ documentary included on the 25th Anniversary DVD restored my hope and sweetened my attitude toward life in general. A few years ago, my...
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    Emergency: Lunches 9 and 10

    On a drizzly day last fall, at the familiar corner near the Carter Center where I gave away the very first lunch, lunches #9 and #10 found homes with two...
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    Book Worm Love

    The books people love and the way they talk about them can be quite revealing about the way they view the world. Or not.
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    Fff… family

    I just read this today and loved it: A great reminder that not all families look alike (which clearly we should not need reminding) and that for some people,...
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    Worshipping WITH the World

    Last Sunday I was in New Orleans for a conference. As much as I love the volunteer work I do every Sunday as the primary chorister (children’s music leader, for...
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    Surely We Were Blessed

    We were a wreck. The basses and tenors were supposed to be singing a unison line—yet I kept hearing a variety of notes, none of them correct. I’d moved two...
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    Paula’s Prius Ride to Church

    Today’s Ride to Church hails from Paula in Encinitas, California.   The LDS Chapel on Lake Street in Encinitas, CA is our destination today.  Encinitas is a town of 65,000...
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    “Come to Zion”

    ‘Zion’ has become a dirty word in our world: now it is shorthand for the displacement of native peoples from their homelands, and a justification for the flexing of military...
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    Natural Coastline Ecosystems

    This is a photo I took on a short (half a day) trip to the beach over Spring Break.  Behind me is the Atlantic Ocean.  I was in Florida visiting...
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    Before Sunset

    For Jesse and Céline these questions are embodied in a single night and in each other. But the question of how we balance our passion, our need to continue living...
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    Helping an Orphanage in Ethiopia

    One of my dearest and oldest friends (one of two friends without whom I would not have survived high school) and her husband are adopting two babies from Ethiopia. She...
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    Find Your Tribe

    Over a decade ago I read this article in Mothering Magazine about a woman who is far from family and friends and meets up with another woman to share household...
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    Bayou Courtableau, Louisiana

    Alina Taylor writes: These images were taken on Bayou Courtableau in St Landry Parish, Louisiana near Port Barre right off 190. It is a town steeped in Louisiana bayou charm...
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    Mormon Matters Podcast 27: Mormons and their Leaders

    I really enjoyed getting to be a part of this dialogue with Joanna Brooks, Dan Wotherspoon, and Charles Randall Paul regarding the way Mormons regard our church leaders. It gave...
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    The Grass is Always Greener

    I just got back from a fancy schmantzy conference for educational researchers in New Orleans. I submit proposals every year and hope to get one in—even though I know I’m...
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    MM 23: The KJV and Changes to Race-Related Book of Mormon Chapter Headings

    I spent 15 hours driving this weekend and so had a lot of listening time.  I enjoyed this Mormon Matters podcast–especially after reading Ed’s post here about his first Bible:...
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    Just Too Good to be True

    Context can be everything in art. Hearing those songs again, in a fresh context, I was actually listening to them for the first time.
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    Salvador, Brazil

    I gotta love Facebook because it allowed me to re-connect with Kim Allen, who was my roommate while I was on study abroad in Spain.  Kim is a great photographer...
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    Cafeteria Style

    In last week’s LDS General Conference session. Elder Nelson, a prominent priesthood leader, said,“ Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to...
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    Sterling’s Taiwanese Ride to Church

    Today’s Ride to Church comes to us from Sterling Swallow–all the way from Taiwan. Sterling writes: Taoyuan, Taiwan is not only the site of three LDS wards, but it’s also...
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    Time’s Fractal Line

    ‘I wish I had more time in my life.’ A friend wrote this on his Facebook wall yesterday. It’s a problem I can certainly relate to: I often feel the...
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    Before Sunrise

    An American man meets a French woman on a train in Europe. They connect and get off together in Vienna where they spend the night walking around the city and...
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    Delousing the Kids

    This beautiful poem was written by my dear friend, Dayna Patterson, after patiently listening to me whine about our 2010 lice-capade.  It will be published later this year in a...
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    An Unlikely Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Last summer, Brent and Stuart went to get a haircut. While there, the stylist discovered that Stuart had lice (gasp!). We soon discovered that Marin also had it (double gasp!)....
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    Bicycle Playlist

    “Bicycles move with the flow of the earth …”
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    Cleared for Take Off

    “Does anyone smell smoke?” Not exactly the words you want to hear at 36,000 feet in the air halfway through a cross-country flight. Shortly after the flight attendant asked us...
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    James’ Bike Ride to Church in Suffolk and Essex

    Come see James’ bike ride to his favourite church just outside Suffolk, England, where James grew up and now works as a primary school teacher. This is not the Quaker...
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    Reach Out and Touch Someone

    He blazed up the wide middle aisle of our repurposed Presbyterian sanctuary, passing the stained glass depictions of Biblical scenes on his way to the pulpit to speak at the...
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    The West

    Yesterday on ‘Rogue Cinema’ I wrote about one of my Granddad’s favourite films, the 1955 version of Oklahoma!, and pondered how this representation of the American West appealed to his...
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    Boise Trees

    DaLyn took these beautiful pictures in or around Boise, Idaho.  Thanks for sharing them with us, DaLyn.  
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    The first part of a two-post analysis of the dream of the American West, through a particularly successful 1955 movie adaptation of the Broadway hit. Six years ago, my paternal...
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    Glastonbury Tor

    When we lived in Bristol, we went a few times to the nearby and ancient town of Glastonbury, where, on top of a sharp and very prominent hill, a strange-looking...
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    Woman can’t close eyes due to plastic surgery

    I just read this sad article about a woman who can no longer close her eyes due to a plastic surgery procedure.  And if you’ve been reading here this week,...
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    Kids and Calamities

    I watched the Twin Towers fall on TV, my oldest child safely ensconced in her kindergarten class.  My toddler was playing with blocks nearby…. building towers and knocking them down. ...
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    More college “hookups” but more virgins

    I just read this article re: the sexual behavior of college students. This article reports on research done by Mark Regnerus, who wrote Forbidden Fruit that I wrote about several...
  • Advanced Style


    The willingness to spend tons of money and time grooming or getting surgery is born of a desire to control outcomes, to dictate the potentially unpredictable vicissitudes of desire and...
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    I’m Not Fancy

      “At fifty, every man has the face he deserves.  To erase the lines and change the contours of one’s face is a way of obliterating one’s history.” –George Orwell...
  • Bobby Lopez

    An interview with Bobby Lopez, co-creator of the Book of Mormon musical

    I thought this was a great interview.  I loved it when he said he liked the Mormon practice of having weekly “Family Home Evening” and hoped his kids were having...
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    Pay to Pray: Going Green for God

    The flickering of the candles drew me in as if they were the wish at end of a birthday celebration. . . when I found out that money was tied...
  • peace

    As is the atom, so is the universe…

    Part 1: My poor kids have a Yogi-Buddhist-Pacifist (and Christian leaning) Mom. This does not bode well if you are a 15-year old boy who loves video games. Have you...
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    Let’s Walk Together

    It’s easy to be unconscious about our consciousness. The stories that we tell ourselves make up our world, but it’s natural to be unaware of the huge potential power that...
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    My Oldest Possession

    Forty years ago today I received a gift, an item I’ve owned longer, and used more often, than any other possession
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    Rural Washington

    This beautiful picture is a shot of the view Brent (married to Doves-and-Serpents-Heather) woke up to every morning growing up in rural Washington state. The picture was taken by Brent’s...