2016 may have been a crummy year in a number of ways but it was pretty productive in terms of reading. I'm happily shocked that I was able to plow through over 100 books! Here is a review of my reading this year. Nearly 30,000 pages were read-about half fiction and half non-fiction, whereas last … Continue reading 2016 Reads
While going to college I worked in a quality control lab on campus, the space rented by a nutritional supplement company. There was an eclectic group of scientists that worked there running regular tests and maintaining the analytical equipment. There were hard core conservatives, who despised global warming, and extreme liberals who saw nothing good … Continue reading Do You Really Believe That?!?
In a fascinating Charlie Rose interview/discussion from 1996 he opens with the proclamation that "a generation ago a new book by a fiction writer was anticipated with a kind of excitement and buzz that is not seen anymore. In the age of internet, information, and images many publishers doubt the younger generation reads very much." … Continue reading Who reads books these days?
Even more news coverage along with social media outrage and defenses occurred over a recent policy update to the LDS church handbook of instructions (Handbook 1 for Bishops, Stake Presidents, and Mission Presidents) than when the church published an essay on it's own website that Joseph Smith instituted polygamy with up to 40 women and one … Continue reading LDS Policygate 2015
In the LDS church twice a year a General Conference is held in which top leaders of the church speak to the general membership. More often the objective of the talks are increasing faith and providing pastoral counsel, though sometimes their comments are clearly reacting to political or social movements or events. One favorite leader … Continue reading Cynics and Skeptics
In 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird was released and quickly became a literary sensation widely acclaimed by critics and the masses alike. 55 years later in February 2015 it was announced that a newly discovered novel title Go Set a Watchman by the beloved Harper Lee would be published later this year on July 14, 2015. … Continue reading Mockingbird to Watchman
In high school I was a poor student. I didn't turn in homework on time and I didn't have passion for anything academic. I liked wood shop quite a lot, took ceramics because I wanted a decent grade for minimal cognitive effort, and took all the humanities courses because the teacher was fun and historical … Continue reading Time to Confess