Category Archives: Reflections

Is There Meaning in Life Without Religion?

One of the things we hear a lot at church is that the gospel brings meaning to life. It answers the questions dealing with who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. And, of course, faith, the gospel, church, religion, or whatever you call it can bring meaning to your life. But… Continue Reading

Something to Think About this Memorial Day

We often talk about honoring our troops but do we put our collective public money where our mouths are? Is it lip service only that we pay to our veterans? Even though the number of homeless veterans has decreased in recent years, we probably aren’t doing enough. We talk about those who have fallen in service… Continue Reading

In Which I Share My Feelings about Terry Pratchett

A few days ago this happened: We feel the loss of our cultural icons. They are touchstones that influence who we are. We may never meet them. But they shape us. They give us ourselves. I see myself in many of Terry Pratchett’s characters. (Sometimes I don’t like what I see.) Pratchett’s books, particularly the Discworld… Continue Reading

Mormonism in Context: Section 1- Introduction

I’ve been reading  as part of one of my projects this year. My reading is ahead of the lesson plan for the Mormonism in Context course, so before I could tackle the first section, I had to go back, re-read the introduction to the “textbook,” and then work with the other materials, which include an overview… Continue Reading

Two Fun Mormon Projects for the Coming Year

One of my three goals for the coming year is writing-related, and it involves making an effort to post more on this site. In order to get me fired up with ideas and explorations, I’m getting involved with to fun (to me, at least) Mormon projects.   1. Self-Directed Mormon Sociology Course One of the… Continue Reading

On Discontent

I refuse to be content. We’re told to learn contentment, and there is virtue in being content with your situation, or with your lot in life. However, at the same time, I’m not sure that complete contentment is the way to go. It so often turns into complacency. While I don’t think that there’s a… Continue Reading

On My Fresh-ish Start

It’s been a crazy few months. It’s been non-stop, one thing after another. And not in in the way Miranda’s Summer of Awesome was a few years ago. This year, it’s been more like a train careening out of control. There’s been a lot going on, and most of it’s been stressful. Some of it’s… Continue Reading

As Long As It’s Not Someone You Know

“Let’s say it wasn’t my heart. Not me. Just a star you didn’t know.” This quote is from one of my all-time favorite movies, Stardust. (The movie is based on the book of the same name by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, although the book and movie are quite different.) In it, Yvaine is a star,… Continue Reading

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