Monthly Archives: April 2012

International Travel Tips

I greatly enjoy traveling.  Here are a few random tips you might want to consider before heading aboard, particularly to developing countries (the list is not exhaustive and contains only suggestions): Leave your expensive jewelry, watches, clothing, etc. at home.  Unless … Continue reading

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Mother in Heaven

Janice Allred, a Mormon feminist, in the Mar 2012 Sunstone writes: “Is Heavenly Mother a member of the Godhead?” is the crucial question.  Is she God the Mother or simply our Mother in Heaven?  To answer this question it is, … Continue reading

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Etang de Montady, France

The Etang de Montady is an agricultural marvel that was created from a former freshwater wetland.  It was constructed by Cistercian monks (a major civil engineering group in the late Middle Ages) during the second half of the 13th century.  … Continue reading

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The Mormon Concept of Heaven

Time magazine (16 Apr 2012) has a recent cover story by Jon Meacham (unfortunately you have to pay to read it online) titled:  “Rethinking Heaven.”  The author states that, even in the wake of the Enlightenment and the scientific revolution, the vast … Continue reading

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Do Grandparents Matter?

M. Sue Bergin, writing in BYU Magazine (Spring 2012), thinks so.  She reminded me that as the grandfather of 11 grandchildren, I do have responsibilities.  What those responsibilities are, however, seems necessarily vague, which opens up all kinds of possibilities. … Continue reading

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Genesis 1-3 as Myth

According to David Williams writing on, Is Genesis a myth?  Ever since George Smith discovered and published the ancient Babylonian creation story, Enuma Elish, theologians, biblical scholars and informed lay people have been aware of the fact that the … Continue reading

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Panhandlers: A Personal Thought

Nate Oman, writing for T&S (6 Apr 2012), states:  “For many people, being confronted by a panhandler presents a moment of profound moral choice.  I think these people are confused.”  Oman’s solution:  Don’t give, there is no moral conundrum.  “Giving … Continue reading

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