Sabbath Night at the Jefferson Memorial...

Sep 29, 2013 by

  I’m to the point in my thesis writing (eek! the deadline is fast approaching!) where I’m writing about Thomas Jefferson’s views on religion. So, tonight for a nice Sabbath activity, I went downtown to visit him at his memorial. Here’s a view of the under-construction Washington Monument from the Jefferson Memorial.   And this is the Jefferson from the Martin Luther King Memorial.    ...

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Fourth of July in Washington, DC...

Jul 5, 2012 by

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 after...

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

Jul 3, 2012 by

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,  prefers...

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Jenny Oaks Baker Looks Amazing on the Red Carpet, Modesty is So Beautiful...

Feb 13, 2012 by

Jenny Oaks Baker is graceful, talented, beautiful and full of faith. Let’s now add Grammy-nominated to that list. A few years ago I attended a fireside (an infrequent evening Church meeting) in the northern Virginia area for LDS young single adults that featured Jenny. Before she came in, I was disagreeing with a friend who insisted Jenny Oaks Baker has four kids. There’s no way she has four kids, she’s way too young, I told him. What I didn’t say was there’s no way that petite woman has four children. I met her once before for a work event where she played at the New York Historical Society. Turns out, he was right. Part of the fireside included each of her four adorable children playing their instruments. I run into Jenny every now and then...

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"Magic Mormon Underwear" gets a mention at The Believing Brain discussion...

Jun 12, 2011 by

  Tonight I attended a lecture at sixth&iwhere Michael Shermer talked about his new book, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts to Gods to Politics and Conspiracies.It was a full house with at least 200 people in attendance, maybe 300.  In it, he argues that the brain naturally looks for patterns as it processes its environment.   The brain then forms these patterns into belief that people confirm with self selected proof, ignoring evidence to the contrary.  Further, through these beliefs, the brain can even produce experiences perceived as supernatural, especially when the social human is alone or sleep deprived. My friend invited me to attend with him. This was a response to my prior invite for him to attend a panel discussion with me at the Religious Freedom Education Project out of the Newseum. I don’t...

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Duck Beach is….

Jun 5, 2011 by

This last weekend close to a thousand Latter-day Saint young adults descended on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Legend has it, the genesis of this phenomenon grew out of a small group of singles from the Washington, D.C. area who pooled their money and rented a large house on the coast. What this group calls “Duck Beach,” though it’s actually Corolla Beach, has expanded to draw young single adults from New York, Boston, Huntington Beach, Palo Alto, Provo , and other hubs of Mormon single-dom. This year, I met a group of 20 newbies to the Duck scene from Phoenix. There were also some LDS locals hitting the beach. The house rentals vary in size and splendor. Duck Beach is….recently hitting headlines A few weeks ago, I had the thought to post about Duck. After all,...

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