Baby Blessings, Feminism, and Worldviews

Baby Blessings, Feminism, and Worldviews

Posted by in Being Dad, Religion on 14. Jan, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Mormon baby blessings are a wonderful ritual, but what does it mean if even a feminist like me overlooked simple and obvious ways to include my wife?

Finding Solace After the Newtown Tragedy

Finding Solace After the Newtown Tragedy

Posted by in Religion on 21. Dec, 2012 | No Comments Yet

As my wife and I wept while we watched the news coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, I felt so frustrated that there probably wasn’t anything resembling an obvious or simple solution to this problem. I also felt deeply pained by the spiritual implications. One anecdote shared by a journalist that night made an impact on me.

Avoiding Shady Sales Pitches When Proselyting

Posted by in Religion on 10. Nov, 2012 | No Comments Yet

When the person who’s selling a solution is the same person who’s looking for the problem, there’s a huge conflict of interest: even the honest preacher will be tempted to distort or exaggerate the problem.

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Posted by in Misc, Technology on 14. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I take a look at how cool new technology might open up sports like soccer to a new world of statistical analysis.

Mindy Smith: Clear-voiced Cantante

Mindy Smith: Clear-voiced Cantante

Posted by in Music on 13. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

This fall my wife and I hit Salt Lake City for a concert at The State Room. The main act was an artist we’ve both followed since her excellent debut album in 2004: Mindy Smith.

Obama Forgets About Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch

Obama Forgets About Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch

Posted by in Politics on 13. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

In the first debate between Romney and Obama, Romney walked out with a historic win. Obama was underprepared and unfocused. But I want to explore another factor that hurt him deeply: he forgot about Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch.

She’s Here!

She’s Here!

Posted by in Being Dad on 08. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

My precious little daughter Harper came two weeks early, healthy and happy. I wanted to quickly jot down a few simple thoughts about her first couple of days.

Parenthood: A Rewarding Sacrifice?

Posted by in Being Dad, Religion on 06. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I try to disentangle the reasons I wanted to become a dad. There are so many intertwined, contradictory, ambiguous factors. Some are selfish. Some are noble. Some are naive. Some are wise. I have faith that parenthood epitomizes the concept of “rewarding sacrifice” as well as anything else I can do in life.

Defending Muslims

Defending Muslims

Posted by in Religion on 22. Sep, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I heard a saying once that goes, “Once you get to know people, it’s impossible to hate them.” I’m not sure if this is always true on the individual level, but on the collective level it seems to be. Put in other words, there are good people everywhere.

The Works of God or the Works of Man?

The Works of God or the Works of Man?

Posted by in Religion on 22. Sep, 2012 | No Comments Yet

A beautiful area in northwestern Spain called Las M├ędulas prompted some thoughts on the implications of seeing God’s hand in everything, even if it turns out he’s not actually involved in everything, and what the pros and cons of making such an assumption are.

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