March 2011

I’m going to miss Big Love. It’s rare that I watch a TV show that I relate to so much. Not the polygamy part, obviously. But if there is one area I feel like I have pretty good background in, it’s growing up Mormon in Sandy, Utah. I’m going to miss two things mainly:

  1. Enjoying when they get a reference right and I get to say “Yeah! We totally do eat a lot of jell-o and tell our bishops things!”
  2. Enjoying when they get thigns wrong and I get to feel smug because they mis-pronounced Melchizedek or said they were driving towards the Salt Lake Temple, but they were ACTUALLY driving away from it

That said, it was a well-written, compelling show. The Mormon connection is a happy coincidence for me. I love Six Feet Under, too, and I’ve never lived in California or buried people for a living. Good TV is good TV, you know?

Here’s a clip that summarizes the first 4 (of 5) seasons:


I realized about half way through Sacrament Meeting today that I this very thing I’m about to mention may have been happening my whole life, but I just noticed today. Is it always the case that the talks the weekend before General Conference are all about following the prophet?

Speaking of, my friend Davey pointed out this article from the Salt Lake Tribune that addresses an important question, are Mormon prophets infallible? To me the answer is obvious if you’ve read scripture or paid attention. No.. They are good men who teach wonderful things, but they are men nonetheless, and if there’s one thing Christianity teaches us all it’s that we are all men, prone to mistakes and errors throughout our lives, no matter who we are. But it’s an interesting topic in light of things like the talks that I heard at Church today where people talk about following the prophet blindly. I’m firmly of the school of thought that we need to reflect on, meditate op, and pray about the things that fill us with doubt. It’s hardly a revolutionary position, it being one of the cornerstones of Mormonism.

But on this spring Sunday when the weather has gone from snowy to sunny to cloudy, I’d like to leave you with a column by Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writers on Christianity, all about spring, and resurrection, and surrender, and hope. It’s one of my favorite things ever written. (For those sensitive to such things I will warn you that Ms. Lamott swears a few times.) Here is a excerpt I love, love, love.

Jesus said from the cross (OK, so I’m paraphrasing), “Look, you’re a human, you’re badly wired, you’re in desperate need of grace. And you will die, as I am dying up here. But we can surrender: We can commend our spirit into my father’s hands. We need to forgive everyone first, though, because we don’t want to die angry, like other people I could mention …”

Jesus opened himself up entirely to the fear and suffering even though he would have preferred a little something from Column B. He said, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me,” but he kept his eye on the prize, which was feeling loved by God, which is new life. And he let people he loved keep him company in his suffering, which is about as radical a concept as I can imagine. I don’t want people’s company when I have the flu or PMS. But when friends of mine have opened up to this willingness to have companionship at the end of their lives, or when they were losing or had lost a child, which may be the same thing, at some point they found themselves involved with material that enabled them to hook onto something bigger than the grasping, crying “I.”


Surprise, it’s a hat!

March 24, 2011

Some of are of the ilk where we clean up for company by throwing things into a box to get things looking good. Some of married people of that ilk. This approach has it’s pluses and minuses, and I’ll say no more of that right now. But sometimes there are fun surprises. Tuesday I opened […]

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There’s more than one way to hex a gon

March 23, 2011

Here is the pile in all of its glory: The plan was to make each center with an unique color combination. Since I had six colors that gave me six colors for the center, 5 colors possible for each second round, and four colors for the outer ring, giving me 120 color combinations. And I’ve […]

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A mighty wind indeed

March 22, 2011

Scully: Mulder, toads just fell from the sky! Mulder: I guess their parachutes didn’t open.   The day that we came to look at our place the next door neighbor’s rain gutter blew off. When we commented that we had picked a bad day to come by someone else said, “No, it’s just gets really […]

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Oh, all of the answers were on Lifehacker

March 21, 2011

Ah, if you’re still reading after yesterday, well, thanks. I decided a while ago that I would try to make my Sunday posts sort of thoughtful or spiritual, or something. I believe in the power of being honest about how you feel, if for no other reason then it gives others permission to feel what […]

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Seriously so…

March 20, 2011

Have I mentioned that I feel like I’m having a bit of a mid-life crisis? Yeah. Maybe it’s the change of weather, maybe it’s Daylight Savings Time, maybe it’s the crazy stressful two weeks of work. I feel poor and boring and a little bit unloved and feeling like maybe my life is somehow wasted? […]

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Time is an excellent motivator. A sale is an even better one.

March 19, 2011

For the record, blogging about whings I’m working on makes me very nervous. I worry that people will be interested and ask me a month later how the project is going. Usually because of my style of working on things (passionately for a while and then sporadically after that) I ended up feeling like I’m […]

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March 18, 2011

I suppose, to borrow a phrase from Elizabeth Zimmermann, I should blog on with hope and confidence through all crises, but lately I kind of suck at it. (Not pointing out that I normally suck at it is much appreciated, friends.) I blog so sporadically that every time I start again I am disgusted by […]

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