Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two Memorial Day Weekend Books for Busy Latter-day Saints | Meridian Magazine

Two Memorial Day Weekend Books for Busy Latter-day Saints | Meridian Magazine

I am blogging this so as to remember that I want to read these two books.   And here is why:

New perspectives can be self-perfecting, leading to heightened understanding of our own obstacles.
Or so writes the author of this brief, but not short,  review, Ashby Boyle. 

I am all about looking for new perspectives. 

One book is about the Apostle Paul or else a delivery of two diverse attitudes about Paul's theology.  Salvation with or without works?  I wonder if the treatise includes the amazing works of Paul and his mission?  Will have to read the book to find out.

The other recommended read is regarding the late scientist, Mormon educator, and theologian, Henry Eyring, Sr.'s book, Reflections of a Scientist.  Did Eyring come to his faith through intellect, despite intellect, or because of intellect?  A question I will consider when I have read the material. 

One thing is for sure, I will be glad for the day when our latter-day faith takes media from the foreground of its concerns as if millions were asking us to explain, defend, or justify our beliefs.  Who is the target of that media buzz?  The membership themselves?  Thoughtful, sincere individuals will seek the truth and we will not hide it from them.  The light on the hill is not the press, the Internet's light shining through the night, nor the didactic tweet of member trolls.  That Light on the Hill is Jesus Christ, our Savior, as represented by our example and our living of the basic truths of His gospel.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Microsoft Word - Why Should I Visit the Family History Center.docx - Why-Should-I-Visit-the-Family-History-Center.pdf

Microsoft Word - Why Should I Visit the Family History Center.docx - Why-Should-I-Visit-the-Family-History-Center.pdf

This is an excellent article!  I think even a family history consultant on the Family History Staff would agree with my estimation.

If you do choose to read this, expect to learn more than you expected about research, about having a dedicated place to go and do your family history, (dedicated times, as well), and about the value of having other people listen to you talk about your genealogy.  Not just your challenges and brick walls, but they will listen to your triumphs and care!  And then there's the old maxim about: "Two heads are better than one".  

Monday, May 04, 2015

In the middle of our porridge plates
There was a blue butterfly painted
And each morning we tried who should reach the
butterfly first.
Then the Grandmother said: "Do not eat the poor
That made us laugh.
Always she said it and 
always it started us laughing.
It seemed such a sweet little joke.
I was certain that one fine morning
The butterfly would fly out of our plates,
Laughing the teeniest laugh in the world,
And perch on the Grandmother's lap.
Click to Mix and Solve

Monday, April 20, 2015

Not exercise, but movement

Health and Mobility are my desired companions.  I want to be able to get about, just in case there is a good reason to do so. 

For example, tonight I am catching a ride to an activity in a city 40 miles away.  My fifty-year old son and his younger wife, along with my grandson, Torin, are in a one-act play.  The event is actually a series of seven, one-act plays.  You will laugh, perhaps, that I consider the ride over, the time I spend there, and the ride back to be an exertion that merits any consideration in my daily list of challenges.

Getting out of my current domicile is essential to my goal for mobility and at the same time, I must have mobility to get out and about.  "Get out"? you ask.  As if someone is holding me prisoner.  I hold myself prisoner, sometimes.  Tonight will be a "leave", a "pass", that I will award myself.  I will enjoy the plays.  I will enjoy the company; I will not miss my Monday night TV shows. 

In preparation, I have run a couple of errands.  Reasons to get up, get dressed, not sit on my bum all day or take a nap.  The errands are exertion, this morning.  The walk out to the car, getting in and out of the car, going in the K-Mart and picking up a necessary medication, acquiring a smattering of snacks for the "trip" tonight...these are all exercise to me.  Mobility choices. 

I "made" myself go to Chick Fil-A, after the K-Mart jaunt; I needed protein, after all.  My first meal of the day is consumed after noon, but then, as my friends who know me well, will tell you, I slept in this morning. 

My final stop is the produce market where I spend $5.67 for 4 pieces of fruit and a tray of blueberries (not yet in season for our local area, but available through the auspices of Dole and their tropical reach, maybe).

For many years, my mother didn't have to attend exercise classes.  She was a busy bee at home and in the community.   She hung her clothes out on a clothesline, she worked in the yard, she fed the family, mended and sewed and in general, kept herself fit because she was raised/reared to be this person.  Then she "celebrated" a birthday that put her over the hill.  We kids left home and there wasn't as much to do that engaged her attention.  And pounds were threatening to decimate her wardrobe.  My mother was nothing if not well dressed (at least when she went out in public).

So mother and dad purchased a membership (lifetime) at the local YMCA, (now defunct).  Mother, true to form, wasn't really into exercise per Se, but she was interested in dancing.  She faithfully attended Libby McSheehy's aerobic dancing//jazz-er-size and fought for the rest of her life the battle of the bulge.

I'm not my mother's child in energetic first responding to weight gain and mobility.  I realize that it cost her something, that she displayed courage, was the original commitment maker, and that she was so far beyond me in self-discipline it makes my feeble efforts to keep moving, pale beside her example. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials | TheHill

Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials | TheHill

The Iranians are sending America a message.  A bold and open action that says, "We are calling your bluff, America".   

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sultan Knish: The Deconstruction of Marriage

Sultan Knish: The Deconstruction of Marriage

It is Satan (and those who get tricked by his lies) who want us to become slaves, ideological dummies, with our souls a clean slate that can be imprinted upon by others. 

WE should support those who believe in family, in the institution of marriage, and in the right of the individual to not only have religious beliefs but be able to express them and live them without fear of recrimination or persecution.