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Object Lesson for Bill, my senile husband, and other stories

Bill and I have been behind since I got really sick after dental implant surgery.  And then there was the remodel which lasted all summer–and the subsequent painting projects.

So I wanted to simplify for Christmas.  I told Bill I was going to buy a tree with the lights already on it.

“No!”  He ordered.  “Don’t do that.  We can’t afford it.”

“Okay,” I said meekly.

Yeah, right, Buster. Read more »


Things I Did Instead of Writing a Post:

  • Cleaned out my inbox. 107 unread messages. 230 unreturned messages. I’m down to 10. Read more »
Object Proposal: Fear Clock

The clock in our bedroom sits on my wife’s nightstand. Because of this she has control over it and it is purposely set incorrectly. I’m not sure how far off it is, but I’d guess that it is 10 to 15 minutes fast. At least I think it is set incorrectly. She certainly thinks it is set properly and would like to set all the clocks in the house the same way. Unfortunately for her she can’t set the time on her cell phone. In my mind the cell phone has it right. It tells the correct time. But my wife apparently doesn’t want to know what time it is when she looks at a clock. What she wants is a clock that will scare her into thinking that she’s late and motivate her to move faster.

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Question for Mitt: “Do You Believe Every Word in This Book?”

Bill and I watched the Republican debates last night, missing a bit here and there as we wandered around.  Mitt did okay, I feel he has a lot more going on under the surface, but hasn’t mastered the art of making his point in as few words as possible.  At times he seemed frustrated and lost.  I don’t agree with Bill Bennett that he “won.”

 I loved Fred Thompson’s manner and his answer about his guns:  “I have guns, but I’m not going to tell you how many or where I keep them.”

(Dan Ellsworth and I posted on the same topic, we’re combining here)

Here’s the link Dan gave.

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Notes on atonement, the nature of God, and a different Jesus

Over at BCC, JNS uses the work of the political theorist W. B. Gallie to describe the debate over Mormonism’s Christianity as a struggle between Mormons and the rest of Christendom over the legitimizing title of “Christian.” This is useful because it reminds us that the conflict at its core isn’t based in misunderstanding or bigotry (despite the shallow grasp of the issues that some polemicists like Jack Chick have), but on real theological distinctions.

This holds true, I believe, even for the term “a different Jesus.” Read more »

My theory of eternity

Stephen of Ethesis fame did a thought-provoking post on what will matter to us in eternity–how will we act, what will be important to us when survival isn’t the first priority.

He said it better than I can:

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Borrowed Light – name that test

Heber C. Kimball is quoted as saying the following in 1856:

The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?

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Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

This past Sunday I had my first experience teaching a lesson in the ward nursery. The lesson came from the Primary 1 manual (appropriately called “I Am A Child of God”). The manual description (found at the LDS.org website) reads:

“For teaching children ages 18 months through 3 years, including suggestions for adapting the manual for use in the nursery.”

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Wholesome TV

Bill and I love to watch TV. Bill even loves to watch the Academy Awards with me, he’s a funny guy. We’ve loved Law & Order, CSI, and Cold Case especially.

But those shows are getting to be downers, just always negative and depressing with really ugly story lines. Maybe it’s a God thing, or maybe it’s just us, but we’ve started to avoid them. Read more »

The United Order: A Cure for Global Warming?

I opened Drudge Report to find this as the headline: “Warming Warning of ‘Unrecognizable’ Earth” http://www.drudgereport.com/ and I got to thinking about all the talks we’ve had on global warming on the bloggernacle and all the times I’ve infuriated people by blindly sticking by my man (in this case, God) and coming across unconcerned about this possible global crisis. Read more »

The Spiritual Gong Show (Or Sacrament Meeting)

I have been in some great Sacrament meetings, both spiritual and funny. A convert to the Church called Sacrament Meeting a “Spiritual Gong Show”, except we just need a gong to stop people sometimes. I wanted to share a couple of those experiences that just make up for those non-Spiritual Sundays that we (okay maybe it is an I here) have sometimes in the Church.

1) We had a member in a ward I attended who thought of himself as the “urban cowboy”. He was very nice although a little bit on the eccentric side. He loved to play his guitar and was quite good at it. He finally talked to Bishop into letting him play his guitar one Sunday during Sacrament Meeting. I don’t remember what the song was, but it was not a Spiritual song at all but a mix of a western and a polka sung while he was wearing a cowboy hat, boots and a bolo tie. By the end I could not look at my wife as we were both holding in some serious laughter.

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A kaleidoscopic report on the Princeton conference

I attended the Princeton conference, mostly. The following is based on memory rather than notes.


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The Stair-Stepper and the Prophets

Consider this a follow-up to Devyn’s fantastic post on The Lottery of Spiritual Experiences.  In that post, Devyn refers to hiking in the mountains as a context for spiritual experiences, which really resonated with me.  I have come to believe over time that a lot of the pride that keeps us from having spiritual experiences is made possible and/or facilitated by brain chemistry. Read more »

In Which Annegb goes to prison and meets a career criminal

I started looking into a local judge a couple of months ago, anticipating writing an op-ed for the paper about this judge’s previous skill as a defense attorney and how as a judge, he is still a damn good defense attorney.

In the course of my research, I came upon a case that has intrigued me.  These are the facts:

A 17 year old kid (just a couple of months shy of his 18th birthday) escaped a youth correctional facility (where he was a long term-er) with his 15 year old girlfriend,  planning to go to Mexico.  They made their way up Cedar Mountain and went to the remote home of an elder couple who lived cabin near a popular mountain restaurant. Read more »

Judah and Jerusalem

Last year I wrote a post about “Studying Scripture As A Couple” … my wife and I had been reading the Book of Mormon together and had decided we would begin reading the Old Testament. We generally read a single chapter in the morning and we’ve been moving along at that pace for some time. A few mornings ago we finished 2 Kings and moved into 1 Chronicles. Read more »

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My Personal Impersonal GA Experience

I was a counselor in a Bishopric ten years ago in a ward, that had recently been “promoted” from branch status, with a Bishop who was a year older than me (27). The ward was made up of a few students, a few young working families/couples, and a large group of converts – many of them young and inexperienced in the Church (in fact, that year we had 115 converts in five months with 15 over the age of 18 – that is another story). It was a fun, dynamic ward where the youth were nearly all new converts with a lot of excitement for the Gospel (we could have 30 or more kids at Mutual nights).
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Getting to Know YOU! Share with us :)

 I changed the title, guys, hope I didn’t confuse you.    I’m going to use this to get to know new people as they crop up.  Please tell us a little about yourselves :)

I am so curious about all you guys, but don’t have the time to interview you all, Thanksgiving coming and all.

So this is a post for you to answer all our questions about you and help us get to know you. It always bothers me when I see a new name that comes on, argues, then leaves. I worry they feel rejected and leave without giving us a real chance to make friends. Read more »

Should You Accelerate Your Mortagage?

Disclaimer:  I am not a personal financial planner.  But neither is the person who is trying to sell you a mortgage acceleration product.

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Fast Sunday Shout-Out

“Fast Sunday” is a bit of a misnomer. After all, fast Sunday begins on Saturday – either Saturday noon or Saturday evening. Read more »

No-Sugar November

[Fantasy Football Stats: Nerds of Titanium: 6 and 2] 

Whereby Naomi Frandsen Sloan pledges to eschew: 

Cookies, candy, ice cream, and sugary foods, including: jam, sugary cereals, muffins, juice, and other things such as she knows are not good for her. 

Which means that as I write this post, I am without my usual stimulant of semi-sweet chocolate chips, consumed by the handful every time I stop to think.

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