Men, My Pandora and Crazy Ladies...

Sep 9, 2013 by

Tweet Last week I received an email from Pandora with a summary report of how many thumbs up I gave on a particular radio station. It made me think of men. What? Yes, it made me think of men, who are more analytically on my mind because I’m reading the book Wife for Life. It’s written by a woman I knew as a teenager. She was a youth leader at the stake level, meaning she ministered to the young women in several wards (congregations). I only knew her from a distance, but I always admired her. Even at 14, I recognized that she was someone who expressed love easily and it made me want to be that way. My mission president’s wife also had that quality. Because of that influence, I started to try...

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End of Summer :(

Sep 8, 2013 by

Tweet I can’t believe the summer is coming to a close. To not let it pass us by over Labor Day weekend, some friends and I went camping near Jamestown settlement and played at Virginia Beach. I came down later so I could get some writing done since it turns out I didn’t actually start composing my thesis until I was released as Relief Society president. I read a great deal and formed some ideas, but didn’t start the writing process. Things would always come up and I had lead time to do it.  Now I’m essentially in crisis mode because the ultimate deadline is upon me. Some of the content I’m cranking out now isn’t half bad. I just wish I’d left enough time for myself to rewrite and make it good. At...

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Committed Love Is Not Inevitable...

Jul 24, 2013 by

Tweet Hey there! I’m not really back to blogging, but the last month or so I’ve had two posts swimming in my head. I have almost a day on a plane and bus, so I have a little time. One post would include reflections of my most recent stint as Relief Society president in my singles ward. I was recently “released” from the position as we call it.  In this same post I want to write about an evening I attended addressing surveys of Church members experiencing faith crisis. The New York Times just published a piece on the man who prompted the survey and who I heard speak. See that article at “Some Members Search the Web and Find Doubt.” I appreciated journalist McKay Coppins’  response “Why the Internet Hasn’t Shattered My Mormon Faith.”  I’d...

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Dresses, Suits and Loans, Oh My!...

May 4, 2013 by

Tweet Next week I’m attending a white tie ball as a work obligation. I know, I know, it’s tough. I only have cocktail dresses, but the convention for a gala is for women to wear gowns to the floor. I haven’t made it a priority to find a dress since as staff I would easily be excused in the minds of the attendees for the length of my dress. Plus, with the help of my tax return and a chunk of savings, I recently paid off my student loan with the highest interest rate. It’s a loan I mentioned before that I acquired when I was partially employed and when I offered up the faith to the Lord that I would put serving Him first and trust everything would work out.   Because of this...

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Responding to “Immigration, Equality and the Public Opinions of Mormons” on HuffPo...

May 1, 2013 by

Tweet   Sheesh, I couldn’t remember my password to login into my own blog. It’s been a long time. I took the time to respond to this HuffPo religion post Immigration, Equality and the Public Opinions of Mormons.  Here’s my response, which will only make sense if you first go to that link. Disclosure: This commenter is a Mormon who is friends with the author and worships in his same ward (congregation) in the DC Metro area. Writing as a Mormon very involved in our faith community, Peterson leads me to scratch my head. It’s true that many members view opposition to the marriage equality movement as living the value to “follow the prophet.” However, he asks why many of these same members disagree with Obama’s immigration plan with the same passion. Really? Most of...

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It’s Not You. It’s Me. I Just Need Some Space: 2 Semesters of a Blogging Break...

Aug 25, 2012 by

Tweet Hi! Thanks so much for reading this blog. I appreciate that someone actually reads it! I started this venture a few years ago. For a while there it was a billboard in the desert. Then BAM! The Mormon Moment happened and there was much more to say. Er, write. And lots more interested people. I’ve been trying to get it to be a billboard in the city. Right now it’s hanging out somewhere in the suburbs. But, I’m about to stall its momentum. You see, blogging is a lot of work. You have to think up stuff and then compose that stuff into some readable form. Some people can crank out substantial content like it’s no big deal. Good for them. It takes me a bit. When I started this project I was...

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More FB Discussion, This time ab the NYT article “Racism in the Mormon Church”...

Aug 25, 2012 by

Tweet Update Aug 30, 2012: This HuffPo article by Samuel Brown “Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters” is very good. It shows the complicated position for Church leaders to repudiate racial views of the past while not disrespecting Church leaders believed to be modern prophets. This is my second to last post for a while. Here I’m sharing the discussion on my Facebook page regarding the New York Times recent op ed by John Turner “Racism in the Mormon Church.”  You see it here for several reasons. One, it’s good content that I didn’t have to create; shameless, I know. But more so, it’s worth a glimpse into the varied perspectives from bright faithful Mormons on the topic. I realized by the end of the discussion that I didn’t communicate well exactly what my grievances...

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Holy Mega FB Thread, Batman! Reaction to SLTrib Article...

Aug 19, 2012 by

Tweet The Salt Lake Tribune published an article Friday with bullet point suggestions to involve women more fully in the operations of the Church. Currently, only men hold the priesthood. Some women, such as many of the authors of the blog Feminist Mormon Housewives,  insist that women should be ordained to the priesthood just as men. They cite a great deal of historical evidence where women early in the Church administered ordinances and operated the Relief Society women’s organization as a completely independent entity. It was only in the 1950s  with the implementation of “correlation” that the Relief Society was moved as a subordinate to the First Presidency of the Church. Before correlation, the general Relief Society presidency made final decisions for leading the women of the Church. Now, they need approval from the...

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Channeling the Duchess: Kate Middleton and the Modesty Trend...

Aug 15, 2012 by

Tweet I got this dress for $20 at TJ Maxx when I returned from Florence. I planned to buy a dress in Italy, but couldn’t find anything I wanted to bring home with me that wasn’t 1,000 euros or more. When my roommate saw me wearing it, she said I was “channeling the Duchess of Cambridge.” I was terribly flattered.:)   Kate Middleton is the epitome of a woman with class. I’m in an intense lace phase as evidenced by one of my Pinterest boards  and she stars in it quite a bit. There’s her creme lace dress, along with her blue lace dress.  It isn’t just in lace where she looks fabulous. There’s this lovely golden dress as an evening gown and this springy yellow dress during the day. And I absolutely want to wear this...

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Cher Doesn’t Get the Underwear Concept Anyway...

Jul 7, 2012 by

Tweet The singer Cher stirred controversy for her anti-Romney tweet.  The Supreme Court’s healthcare decision mobilized a large number of voters to rally around the not-Obama candidate, Mitt Romney, for his promise to lead the repeal of nationalized healthcare if elected. In just the four hour period following the Supreme Court’s announcement, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised $1 million.   Cher’s concern led her to Twitter to warn her fans. About Obama she wrote: “I Feel if he doesn’t get all his DUCKS IN A ROW we’ll b forced 2 listen 2Uncaring Richy Rich! The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH.”  I’m glad to see that Cher is a concerned citizen. My first reactions: Is anyone forced to listen to the US president? Isn’t Cher white? Is a white man in the White House a...

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Fourth of July in Washington, DC...

Jul 5, 2012 by

Tweet My brother, sister-in-law and four year old niece visited for the Fourth of July. We told the little one we were going to our country’s birthday party.   It was extremely entertaining and satisfying to see her get so excited about our independence. When we saw the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, my brother told her that was our country’s first birthday card. We were amused, to say the least. I’ve been on the Mall for the Fourth several times before. The crowd of 400,000 people in the dead of summer is crazy business. We set up on the Arlington Cemetery side of the Memorial Bridge this time. It’s close to Arlington Cemetery Metro stop, which is further down on the blue line from the rest of those leaving the Mall...

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Pending Zombie Apocalypse? You Better Befriend a Mormon...

Jul 3, 2012 by

Tweet Friday Chief Justice Roberts upset the weather gods with his healthcare decision surprise. Kidding, kidding.  The timing and wrath of Zeus of the severe storm that pelted the DC Metro area at least makes me smirk about it.  Check out the Capital Weather Gang’s pic of the action. As I was coming home for the evening on Friday, my date had to swerve to miss fallen limbs in the road. I might have screamed a little. I lost electricity just for one day, but others are still without it. The Washington Post is currently hosting a contest to name the derecho storm that pounced so quickly. It seems we’re setting a tradition for naming storms as we did in 2010 with Snowmaggeddon and Snowpacalypse  My fav is in the lead: Derechosaurus Wrecks My friend, @kgaglione,...

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My Rendezvous with General George Washington...

Jun 25, 2012 by

Tweet Yorktown Battlefield, site of the decisive battle that led to the end of the American War for...

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Calzoni Guts

Jun 16, 2012 by

Tweet Remember Cristian and our climbing of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence? After we climbed the dome, he took me to lunch in Ponte Vecchio. The restaurant had a modern decor. Plastic legs are modern, are they not?     This was the view from our table. I had a calzoni. Its guts were delicious.  ...

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Sleeves on the Midnight Blue Dress? Sold...

Jun 11, 2012 by

Tweet During my recent visit with my sis in South Carolina, we went shopping.  (She’s holding true to our southern roots, while my current location brings my loyalty into question. However, I do technically live south of Robert E. Lee’s homestead so I’m in the clear.) My role was to entertain the little munchkin while my sister shopped. We make a good team. I like it that way. I enjoy the liberty of shopping whenever I feel like it, so I’m happy to provide my sister the same freedom when I can. I like that we’re close. I’ve almost forgotten her betrayal in the form of getting married when I was a missionary and replacing me behind my back, but that’s a story for another time. Having a little one makes it difficult to...

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Celebrating Rebirth with Child Exploitation...

Jun 7, 2012 by

Tweet I’m not above exploiting the labor of my 18 month old niece. As part of the family, she needs to learn to pull her own weight once in a while. A friend of mine is on a spiritual retreat in India. His birthday arrived while he’s been away on this temporary trek. I thought we would bake him a cake, take pictures of it and send the pics to him. Then I remembered my pencil skirts are still too snug thanks to all that pasta and gelato I ate in Italy. I knew I’d eat more than my own share of that cake we would photograph. Instead, I went for plan b and employed the services of my adorable niece to create a cake to celebrate. (As a general rule, I don’t share...

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Florentine Transportation: Little Trucks, Insy Cars, and Countless Motorcycles...

Jun 4, 2012 by

Tweet   I’m reevaluating my own carbon footprint at this...

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Morning Scripture Study on the Terrace Overlooking Florence...

May 30, 2012 by

Tweet Looks something like this. Morning scripture study almost looked like this, but the rain wet the seats. Villa de Balze Fiesole, Tuscany,...

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It turns out, pigeons are a nuisance in Italy too....

May 24, 2012 by

Tweet Just ask this guy. Siena, Tuscany, Italy Fountain in Piazza del...

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Climbing Brunelleschi’s Dome...

May 23, 2012 by

Tweet The dome on the Duomo (Cathedral) in Florence is a Renaissance marvel. Florentine leaders adopted the ambitious design for the dome in 1367. If it could be raised, it would be the largest dome built since antiquity; even larger than the Roman Pantheon. By 1418, the dome was still not built, but every year architects and wardens swore an oath on the Bible that they would build the dome exactly as the model of the chosen design portrayed. (Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ross King, 10) In the usual Florentine custom, the patrons of the city opened a competition in 1418 to accomplish the feat. Filippo Brunelleschi submitted his model. This temperamental goldsmith and clockmaker spent 5 years researching Roman architecture with a young Donatello after his loss to Ghiberti in the Baptistery doors competition of 1401....

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This made me laugh

May 23, 2012 by

Tweet It’s a do not enter sign to which someone made an...

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