Sunday, February 16, 2014

Copperton, UT

Today we went for a drive through Copperton, Utah. Founded in 1926, it is a unique, tucked-away, almost time-forgotten township. Here are some pictures of some of the unique architecture of its homes (click on each photo to enlarge).









Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book - The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brain

I agree with so much of what Nicholas Carr says in his book about how the Internet is changing the way we think. The Internet has splintered my thinking and my attention span. I think in snippets, and I jump around in my reading. I am less patient than before, because now I can find essentially any information on any topic in a matter of moments on the Internet. That immediacy does not allow time for reflective, deep, or complex thought.
            Before the Internet, I used to read more books and I was physically much more active. Now I often sit on my can and whittle away my time on mindless cyber searches.
            Before remote controls, I used to have to get up and change the channel manually, personally. And back then we only had about five channels. Now I flit from channel to channel, often spending more time hunting for something interesting to watch instead of actually watching something.
            Before the shuffle function on iTunes, I used to listen to albums in order, in their entirety. Now I only listen to songs. Gone are the days of listening to an entire album as a complete piece.
            Before cell phones, I used to enjoy solitary time where I could do an activity without physical or mental interruption. Now I feel leashed to elsewhere at all times. My ability to plan in advance is also diminishing, because I can simply phone whomever to inform them of my oft-changing plans.
Before texting, I used to interact with people face-to-face. Now we bow our heads and face a screen. 

         All of this has made me a more superficial, uncreative, flabby, unreflective person.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

"The Second Coming," by William Butler Yeats


    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are fullof passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hello. Is there anybody out there?

Nobody visits my blog any more, which is nice. I can safely publish my thoughts and feelings for an audience that isn't there. I can blare my horn in the forest, and nobody responds.

Like a journal.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Five Siblings All Wed The Same Day at the Temple

I like the way these couples come across as wholesome and jubilant. What a wonderful day for the family. Here's their story.


Monday, August 06, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brothers Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith

Today my family and I visited the LDS Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City. Of an interesting note were the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith:

 (click on each photo to enlarge)

We also saw a touching painting about his death:


Here is the plaque to the side of the painting:


For more information about Joseph Smith, click here.

And for information about how he was killed, click here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

John Rowe Moyle

Today my family and I visited the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum. Among the fascinating artifacts we saw was the prosthetic foot of John Rowe Moyle:




(click on each photo to enlarge)


What a story of determination, faith, and focus.

Click here to read a speech about his life.

Here is his Find a Grave site.

And here is a wonderful video about his life:


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Doldrums

Doldrums must be fought against. Doldrums will eventually suck you down. Combat them with faith, structure, and effort.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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I grow tired of the same. There must be sincerity and variety.

Oppressed? Really?

Sometimes I feel very oppressed to say what I truly feel. On the other hand, that is probably a good thing. Much of what I feel or think is fleeting, anyway, and if said would only hurt and cause regret.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Oppression

There are times when I feel oppressed by negative, deprecatory voices that would have me shut up, lower my head, and let them bash my beliefs.

I will fight that feeling.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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There is nothing more to say at this time.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Twitter

Twitter can be dangerous because one's words are limited and impulsiveness is increased. People often say things they don't mean, and readers often misunderstand the intended meaning.

Poetry

People should write more poetry, and contemplate it more. It is art with words. It is liberating, profound, and insightful.

Open criticism

I tire when people constantly harangue my culture, my religion, my ethnicity, my beliefs, my practices. There needs to be more acceptance, more tolerance, more zipped mouths. To think it is one thing; to say it is another, and those words, once spoken, are very difficult to take back. Makes me think I need to keep my mouth shut more often too.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Five Smooth Stones

A wonderful blessing today:

I had the occasion to teach the young men today, and our topic was "Faith in Jesus Christ." Part of our lesson was to read and discuss the fight between David and Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:40, we read that David picked up five smooth stones to use with his sling.

We discussed the rest of the story. I wanted to apply it to our lives, equating Goliath to any challenge or obstacle we face. Spontaneously I asked our bishop about his work with members who face "Goliaths," or in other words, challenges or obstacles. I asked him: What is the difference between those members who successfully overcome their challenges versus those who don't? His answer: the successful ones do five things:

1) study the scriptures daily
2) pray daily
3) attend church regularly
4) attend the temple regularly
5) hold Family Home Evening regularly

On the spot, it came together in my mind. The five smooth stones David picked up have symbolic significance. They can represent the five things the bishop mentioned that help members overcome challenges or obstacles. If we are to conquer our Goliaths, we need those five stones in our pouch.

This was a spiritual experience for me. Unplanned for. Unanticipated. Wonderful.