Monthly Archives: October 2011

St. Francis and the Kearns’ Statue

An injured welder recently donated a large statue of St. Francis to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kearns, Utah.  Michael Peery spent 2 years creating the statue and 13 years trying to sell it.  According to Mike Gorrell, writing in … Continue reading

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St. Francis, President Kimball, and Birds

When I was on my Mormon mission in France, I developed a deep affection for St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), one of the most venerated of all Catholic saints.  In fact, I purchased a biography of the saint and read it … Continue reading

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Grey Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda.  A cartoon version of the crane appears on the Ugandan national flag. During my frequent visits to Uganda, I have seen several of pairs.  According to a Canon ad in … Continue reading

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The Elusive Okapi

Years ago, my daughter and I visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  As far as zoos go, I enjoyed it.  I have two distinct memories of our visit, one is of the Bornean Orangutans and the other … Continue reading

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Science, Religion, and Politics

According to a Lisa Randall (professor of physics at Harvard) op-ed piece in Time magazine (3 Oct 2011): Today’s politicians seem more comfortable invoking God and religion than they do presenting facts or numbers.  Of course, everyone is entitled to his or … Continue reading

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Is “Dexter” Finding Religion?

I love the Showtime hit drama “Dexter.”  The trials of America’s favorite serial killer are very intoxicating to watch.  The language is rough, the violence is mostly implied, and the sex and nudity by today’s standards are fairly tame. The trouble is … Continue reading

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Bud Rusho and the Legend of Everett Ruess

The Sunday SLTrib (2 Oct 2011) had an article by Ben Fulton on “Works that capture Utah:  Here’s our list of the top 10 books that explain this extraordinary place.”  One of the books on the list was written by … Continue reading

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