Category Archives: Philosophy

Donations for the Homeless

Kip Yost, who was formerly homeless, makes the following suggestions on what not to give and what to donate to the homeless: ”Postage stamp” blankets. They sell these things by the boatload at Walmart, they’re soft, cute and utterly worthless … Continue reading

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All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?

In a recent blog post at, Angela C. (aka hawkgrrrl) quoted the words to “Eleanor Rigby.”  That song moves me everytime I hear it.  Unfortunately, Angela didn’t quote the refrain which gave me the title for this post Two … Continue reading

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The Recent Unfortunate Experience of Lavina Fielding Anderson

Lavina Fielding Anderson was recently denied rebaptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints.  As background (from Jana Reiss): Lavina Fielding Anderson was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1993.  Her excommunication was … Continue reading

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How Important Is It to Obey Laws and/or Rules?

I respect the fictional Robin Hood.  In a system skewed toward the rich, how far should we go (in the way of rule breaking) to assist the poor, damaged, incapacitated, mentally afflicted, etc. I tend to push the system.  But … Continue reading

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Assisting Refugees on Our Southern Border

By Steven Burt ( Today, thousands of women and children are fleeing Central America and seeking asylum in the United States.  I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s representing some of them at the South Texas Family Residential … Continue reading

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Magnificat: A Beautiful Song from the New Testament

The Washington Post recently ran a lengthy story on the Magnificat, the song that Mary sings in Luke 1: 46-55.  The song is more than 2,000 years old and has been an important part of Christian liturgy for nearly all of those years.  … Continue reading

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Concerns About LDS Service Missionaries

I have long advocated that more emphasis be placed on service as it relates to LDS missions.  So I was encouraged when the Church decided to highlight service missions.  According to QnAs in the Ensign (January 2019): Where do they live?  At … Continue reading

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