Author Archives: rogerdhansen

Easy to Maintain Double-Rail Playground Slide

In developing countries, standard metal slides can be a serious problem.  The sheet metal that the children slide on can: have rough joints, get hot during intemperate weather, and be subject to rusting in humid climes. For these reasons, I’ve … Continue reading

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Installing a Playground High in the Peruvian Andes

On May 5, the Cardenas-Torres family (Andean Quechua World Organization) travelled high into the Andes to install a playground at a village school high in the Andes.  The Peruvian village of  Sipasqanch provides porters for mountaineers from around the world … Continue reading

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Why Do Mormon’s Keep Throwing God “Under the Bus”?

We Mormons (particularly LDS leaders) still haven’t admitted that it was Brigham Young’s (uninspired) prejudice that initiated the black priesthood/temple ban.  And that it was subsequent (uninspired) presidents of the Church who continued the practice.  How many times were we … Continue reading

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How Dim Were the Dark Ages?

By Daniel Peterson (sic et non): Here’s a passage from The Victory of Reason:  How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, a brilliant and provocative book by Rodney Stark. Dr. Stark, now in his mid-eighties, is a famous sociologist of … Continue reading

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Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes in California

According to Daniel Peterson, an impressive place to visit is Wayfarers Chapel in southern California: [If you can’t have Frank Lloyd Wright design your celestial home], there’s always his son, Lloyd Wright (1890-1978), who himself wasn’t too bad.  Among other … Continue reading

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Brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright

By Daniel Peterson (sic et non) In my youth, I had a passing desire to be an architect.  The principal factor that dissuaded me from that ambition was my utter and absolute lack of any relevant talent. My main inspiration … Continue reading

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Looking for Anasazi Ruins on Cedar Mesa

On a recent family vacation to southern Utah, we explored areas on Cedar Mesa.  We took a road west of the highway, across from the road to Cigarette Spring.  The first day, we explored a canyon just off Government Trail.  … Continue reading

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