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Introducing danithew

Daniel H. Bartholomew lives with his wife Diane in New York City. He likes to read, draw rather strange abstract artwork, toss around a frisbee and eat oatmeal raisin cookies.

He comments under the moniker “danithew”.

121 Posts
Killer Instinct Jun. 11th, 2011 at 9:21 am

The most famous and successful professional athletes often share a similar characteristic – a killer instinct.   The player with a killer instinct will use physical advantages and prowess to win the current game but also is seeking to achieve some kind of symbolic action that will permamently embed fear and doubt in the opponent’s psyche – so as to dominate that same opponent in future competition. Read more »

A Poem Mar. 4th, 2011 at 6:24 am

I have been reading about the close (too close for some) relationship that exists between religion and anthropomorphism and in the process I stumbled across a few lines from a poem quoted in a article – lines that I felt contained quite a profound message.   Having read a part, I wanted to read the entire poem.  It took a little bit of online searching to find it, but now that I see the entire poem, I think it is more than just a little worthwhile.  The author is Thomas Hodgkin.

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Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Israel, Mormons and Ma’aser (Tithing) Jan. 31st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Ze’ev Jabotinsky never attained the position of prime minister in Israel – but despite this he is one of the most influential (and controversial) people in Israeli history. Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir and Benjamin Netanyahu – all men who might be considered disciples or followers of revisionist Zionism (the political movement Jabotinsky founded) did become prime minister of Israel and have attempted to implement some of Jabotinsky’s ideas in one way or another. It could also be argued that David Ben-Gurion, who was Jabotinksy’s main political rival, ended up largely adopting and implementing Jabotinsky’s policy of “the Iron Wall” (see also here) – though he never would have conceded being influenced by Jabotinsky’s ideas. Read more »

Jimmer Fredette Answers A Question Jan. 28th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Among other things, ESPN’s John Buccigross asks Jimmer Fredette:

“How old were you when you made that decision and why did you choose to be a Mormon?”

Christopher Hitchens vs. Mormons Jan. 18th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

In Facebook, a friend of mine posted a link to video of a debate that happened between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens back in November 2010.  You can watch the video here:


The debate was in regards to the following resolution: “be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world.Read more »

Adventures in Hometeaching and the Concept of Tithing Time Dec. 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 am

Steve Crandall is a scientist and a physicist and is one of the most intelligent people I know. I am not sure I have ever met someone who so fully embodies and represents the joys of learning and understanding things. Read more »

“My Heavenly Father Loves Me” Dec. 12th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Sometimes the elders in our area are allowed to play their own musical instruments that they brought along with them. Two of them, named Elder Montuy and Elder Kafu, recently sang “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” at a baptism, which one of the elders accompanied on a ukelele.  I liked their version so much, I asked them if I could record a video of them performing the song.  They were happy to oblige me. Here it is:

Music by Mark Abernathy and the Sabre Rattlers Dec. 2nd, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Mark Abernathy is the lead musician and singer of a band called the Sabre Rattlers. They just put out an album titled “Twixt Me and the Peaceful Rest.” It is an album of LDS hymn covers, played in a southern or country style, that you will want to listen to. Please also note that the renowned and beloved D. Fletcher has been involved in some of the recordings as well.

Here you can get a free download of the Sabre Rattlers performing “Come, Come Ye Saints.”.

If you like that cut you can go on to download the entire album for $9.50 or you can order a compact disc and have it mailed to you for $11.50 (those who order the compact disc will be able to download the music as well).

You can also find information about the Sabre Rattlers at http://www.facebook.com/sabre.rattlers or at their own web-site: http://www.sabre-rattlers.com


“Candlelight” by the Maccabeats Dec. 2nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

A friend of mine who works at Yeshiva College sent me a link to this video for a song called “Candlelight” that was put together by a YC student singing group called the Maccabeats.

It’s a Channukah-inspired parody of the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

Thought my friends in the ‘Nacle might enjoy seeing this one. It strikes me as a brilliant merger of a religious story with pop culture.

Happy Channukah!

65% Nov. 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

A few weeks ago in a sacrament meeting talk, I heard someone (who I expect would know) say that 65% of the members of our stake are adult singles.

That statistic initially surprised me.  I had no idea.

He then went on to point out that many different kinds of people fall into this category – some have never married, some have.  They are old and young.  Many of them have children.  Etc.

I am now wondering what the statistic of adult singles might be in other stakes or perhaps even throughout the church.  Is there a source of data out there on the subject?

LBJ and David O. McKay Nov. 9th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I’ve been re-reading the book “David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism” and became interested in the warm relationship that existed between President Lyndon B. Johnson and President David O. McKay, which is described in the book, along with many other interesting things.

I was googling around a bit to see what else might come up about these two men and their interactions with each other and didn’t find much that I hadn’t already read in the book – but I was surprised to find that there is an mp3 (or WAV format) recording of a phone conversation between them. Read more »

The Perils of Simultaneous Translation Oct. 28th, 2010 at 9:46 am

This past weekend was our stake conference, which was broadcast from the stake center to other chapels in the area. I was attending the Spanish speaking ward and was keeping an eye on the screen while listening to Spanish language translation of the talks and prayers which were given in English.

I quickly realized that our translator faced a bit of a quandary. He was listening to a talk and then speaking the words into a microphone – but while he was speaking the translation the speaker of the talk was continuing to give the talk – which meant the translator was not going to hear some things that were said. Consequently, those attending the meeting were only hearing bits and pieces of some talks that were given, depending on the speed of the speaker’s delivery. Read more »

Funk’s Lake / Palisade Park Oct. 21st, 2010 at 10:54 am

Last July my family went to southern Utah to visit a number of places (gravesites, homes, etc.) that had a connection to our family history.  One of these places was Palisade Park.  I had heard many times the story that one of our ancestors, a man named Daniel Buckley Funk (his picture above), had created a lake.

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Patheos Focuses on “the Future of Mormonism” Aug. 10th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

This week Patheos is focusing on the future of Mormonism, with posts written by Philip Barlow, Tresa Edmunds, Kristine Haglund, Brian Hales, Grant Hardy, Bridget Jack Jeffries, Richard T. Livingston, Armand Mauss, Neylan McBaine, Blake Ostler, Michael Otterson, Seth Perry, Boyd Petersen, Aaron Reeves, Jana Riess, Jan Shipps, David Stewart, Stephen Taysom, Walter van Beek, and Margaret Blair Young & Darius Aidan Gray.

Check it out here.

Pre-Registration For Sunstone + Raffle Jul. 26th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Over at Times and Seasons, Kaimipono Wenger has posted about the opportunity to pre-register for Sunstone 2010 between July 26th and July 30th and simultaneously enter a raffle for some pretty cool prizes.

Check it out!

When Family History and Church History Collide Jul. 20th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Yesterday before walking into the Orem, Utah library (to visit an aunt who works there) I called my parents. They asked me rather urgently if I could pick up a book for them: “Stories From the Life of Porter Rockwell” by John W. Rockwell and Jerry Borrowman. Read more »

Craigslist Jul. 9th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I was looking at various items on Craigslist. On a whim I punched in the word “Mormon” and was amused to see this: Read more »

Summary Scriptures Jun. 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

There are some scriptural passages that succinctly get to the point, telling us in one way or another what is crucial – what is most important.

Here’s a number of summary scriptures: Read more »

Sitzfleisch Jun. 18th, 2010 at 10:36 am

This past week I heard someone use a Yiddish word I had never heard before: sitzfleisch.

I asked that person what the word means and was told:

“sitzfleisch means the ability to sit down and learn, to study, for extended periods of time.   It is the opposite of ADD.”

Literally translated into English, the word means “sit flesh” – a phrase that conjures quite the image of what the word is about.

Looking it up further online, I came up with a few more meanings that were also very interesting:

“The ability to endure or carry on with an activity.”

“A term used in chess to indicate winning by use of the glutei muscles–the habit of remaining stolid in one’s seat hour by hour, making moves that are sound but uninspired, until one’s opponent blunders through boredom.”

Old School Priesthood Blessings and Pronouncements Jun. 3rd, 2010 at 5:45 am

In the Old Testament and Book of Mormon, there are instances when a patriarch (father) gathers his children and descendants together and give them blessings. Some of these blessings are profound and beautiful – yet in a number of cases the blessings sound more like pronouncements than blessings. That is, the words spoken are less than favorable, acknowledge a serious problem or are in fact negative assessments/forecasts for the person(s) being blessed.

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