A New Decade

August 29, 2009
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2:15 on a Saturday afternoon is probably as good a time for reflection as any. I’ve just turned 30, and that’s kind of a milestone. As I see it, my 20’s were my “checklist years”. The decade started out like a scavenger hunt. I had a list of things I wanted to do. Some were […]

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Geeks Again

August 26, 2009
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I was recently called to be the priests quorum teacher in our ward. This means that I get to teach the 16 to 18-year-old young men at church. It also means that I get to attend the Wednesday night youth activities. The young men in our ward are pretty typical of young men in the […]

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Reverence

August 25, 2009
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I received an email today, entitled “Reverence is more than just quietly sitting…”, that included the following quote on reverence: Reverence has more to do with politics than with religion. We can easily imagine religion without reverence; we see it, for example, wherever religion leads people into aggressive war or violence. But power without reverence […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Give Up Ignorance?

August 23, 2009
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There are certain fields that I love — church history, psychology, game design, etc. — but refuse to study in depth. The problem is, I have my own opinions and beliefs in each of those fields. I’m afraid that if I start studying, I’ll discover (a) how wrong I am, and (b) how much I’d […]

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Alanna’s First Dream

June 23, 2009
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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 […]

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The Mart of Nations

June 13, 2009
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Imagine a very long hallway with doors running down both sides, kind of like this: Behind each door is some kind of pleasant diversion. If you could, you might spend your whole life traveling the hallway and discovering the hidden joys behind each door. Of course, you have physical needs, so the hallway would need […]

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What’s Up(state)?

May 29, 2009
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Why does northern New York get called “upstate New York”? I’ve never heard anyone refer to upstate California or upstate Utah…

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