Masks

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Lunch Detention

I found myself in the principal’s office this morning. Sitting across the desk in my University of Utah hoodie, I explained how my son had been bullied by another student this past week. At least I think he’d been bullied. My son is in first grade, and he loves to tell stories about how he’s been wronged on the playground. My job as his father is to believe his version of the … [Read more...]

Mormonthink Responds to Plural Marriage Essay

Mormonthink released a response to the LDS church’s essay titled “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo”, and it’s well worth reading if you're interested in the early history of the mormon church. The details about Helen Mar Kimball are especially tragic. "Joseph told Heber (Helen's father) he needed to surrender his wife to Joseph in marriage. Then, after 3 days of agonizing over this, … [Read more...]

Learning to Wet Shave

I purchased my first Braun electric razor in 1987 while I was living in Germany. Up until that time I shaved using cheap disposable razors. That’s what I watched my father use, and I figured I’d continue the tradition of blue Gillette razors and gooey aerosol shaving cream. My father told me I’d eventually want to move to an electric razor because it would be easier to navigate the numerous chin … [Read more...]

The Path of Least Resistance

I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I … [Read more...]

Haircuts

A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters … [Read more...]

Controlling God

I used to believe that I could control God. I know that sounds odd. It feels strange to write it out and read it, but it’s the truth. From a young age I was taught that god was watching my every move. Not only was he watching what I did and said, but he could read my thoughts. Based on that information, god would divvy out rewards based on how closely they matched his rule book. His rule … [Read more...]

Tactile Joy

From Scott Adams review of the iPhone 6 My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection. Simply touching the product or its associated packaging is a tactile joy. A textbook example of … [Read more...]