Category Archives: Books

Book Review (Sort of): “The Legend of Hermana Plunge”

I was curious to read Angela Liscom Clayton’s (aka Angela C. and Hawkgrrrl on the Internet) memoir Hermana Plunge, which provides detailed recollections and opinions regarding her LDS proselytizing mission to the Canary Islands.  I was interested in comparing her experiences … 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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Book of Ecclesiastes Misinterpreted (by Me)

For years, one of the guiding principle in my life has been the Book of Ecclesiastes 11:1 (King James Version or KJV): Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. I took the passage … Continue reading

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Tom Christofferson: The Strange Odyssey of a Gay Mormon

Tom Christofferson is the brother of LDS Apostle D. Todd Christofferson.  He is gay and 60.  When he and his partner moved to Connecticut, Tom started to renew his interest in Mormonism.  (He had previously left the Church feeling he … Continue reading

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Brief Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

This most recent installment (Apes III) of the reborn Planet of the Apes movie series is a mess.  As much as I would like to recommend it, I can’t. Through the years, I’ve observed three of the four varieties of … Continue reading

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Homage to Dian Fossey

By Elizabeth Royte, NG, Sep 2017 On an overcast morning, with temperatures in the mid-50s, it takes me nearly two hours to hike from the outskirts of Bisate [Rwanda] through calf-deep mud and shoulder-high nettles to the research site established … Continue reading

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Thomas Crapper and the Word “Crap”

By Mark Forsyth (edited), excerpt from The Etymologicon What is the real relationship between Thomas Crapper and the word “crap” (or “crapper”)? Thomas Crapper was born in Yorkshire in 1836.  In 1853, a year after Edward Jennings’ patented his version of … Continue reading

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