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Old Nintendo Games

September 21, 2009 by


When Canon and I got Super Mario Bros. 2, it was just about the most exciting thing in the world. We were limited on Nintendo time back then, half-an-hour a day (I don’t remember if that was half-an-hour each or half-an-hour total…either way, thanks Mom, it probably saved us from becoming more of video game […]

Alanna’s First Dream

June 23, 2009 by


When Alanna wakes up in the morning, I usually ask her if she had good dreams. She says yes, but I have never been sure if she really knew what I was talking about. However, a couple of mornings ago, she woke up really excited. She ran out to tell me, “Daddy, I had a […]

Enduring Luxury

May 26, 2009 by


We had a speaker in our class last week who talked about how our sense of entitlement to luxuries is what will destroy this country’s economy. That is also a common theme in General Conference. President Monson, in 2006, taught, “avoid the philosophy that yesterday’s luxuries have become today’s necessities”. On the other hand, many […]

Alanna on the Couch with a Pencil

May 17, 2009 by


This morning Alanna, Asher, Lydia and I sat together on the couch watching Polly (one of my favorite Sunday morning shows). The kids had their handy dandy notebooks out so they could alternate between watching the show and drawing pictures. Here’s an example of Alanna’s fine artwork: And, for those in need of an interpretation, […]

The 25% Rule

April 30, 2009 by


Perhaps the wisest thing that Newt Gingrich ever said (in speaking of the Republican party) was, [W]e have to get used to fighting ourselves at times and we have to recognize that we are in the business of conflict management. We are not in the business of conflict resolution. You only resolve conflicts by kicking […]

Oregon Laverty Family Updates

April 2, 2009 by


We’ve moved to Keizer. It’s been quite a process. Still plenty to unpack, but things are settling back to normal, which is nice. It feels good. Heather has another month or so to go, and then we’ll have a new little one. We’d be counting down the days, but we don’t really know which day […]

Pick Any Two

March 12, 2009 by


When I was programming at Livermore, Brett introduced me to the 2/3 Computer Quality Principle, which says: Good, fast, or cheap. Pick any two. Thinking on that, I’ve come up with the 2/3 Presentation Parallel–the result of having sat through innumerable lectures at church, school, and work. It says: Accurate, effective, or eloquent. Pick any […]