A number of events over the past couple of weeks has me contemplating the importance of truth. Specifically, how important is truth when it comes to storytelling, history or religion. A few weeks ago, Kim and I attended an event where Carol Lynn Pearson discussed her book, Ghost of Eternal Polygamy. I haven't read the … Continue reading Is Truth Optional?
From 1987 to 1989 I left my home in Ogden, Utah and served a mission in Germany for the Mormon church. I made a number of friends, visited dozens of lush German towns, and began to question everything I’d been taught about God. The nature of God has been something I’ve pondered since I was … Continue reading Thoughts About God
From the Age of Ignorance by Charles Simic: In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as “Real Americans” defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews … Continue reading The Age of Ignorance
Over the past month I’ve discovered a few things about myself. I do my best work under pressure. The writing I’m most proud of uncovers pain. Joy begins with being honest with myself. Faking it hurts me more than anyone else. Saying something is true doesn’t make it so. Question everything. Respect everyone. Be skeptical … Continue reading Recently Learned
Everyone is dealing with something. Often it’s something noticeable like eating healthier or quitting a bad habit like smoking. A few years back I decided to exercise each day and eat a healthier diet. Over a few months I dropped nearly 60 lbs. The change I had made to myself was easy to recognize. Friends … Continue reading Nothing of Consequence
A German once told me that a person never has more friends than fingers on one hand. To a 20-year old, that seemed absurdly low. But today it feels on the high side because I recently lost a friend. Recently, is my interpretation because it’s possible this person checked out a while back, and I … Continue reading Losing a Friend