"Excuse me, is that your [ego]?" Yes, yes it is…...

May 1, 2011 by

“Excuse me, is that your bag?” Is this phrase burned into your psyche? No? That could only be possible if you don’t ride the DC metro rail system where the perky recorded woman’s voice asks us to quiz our fellow commuters when we see any unattended bags.  We’re all fighting terrorism together. So if you “see something, say something.” There are other DC metro rail practices. For example, don’t be an “esca-lefter.” This means if you are standing on the escalator, stand on the right to allow those walking up a left side passage. Tourists have a difficult time with this one. If you come to visit, remember conformity to social norms isn’t always something you should resist. You guessed it. I’m not an escalator stander. And I especially feel like a champion when I’m not...

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Emotional Honesty and Spirituality...

Apr 10, 2011 by

I have the lesson today in Relief Society, which is the women’s Sunday School-ish class.  The men have the same lesson, only in their own meeting. The lesson manual focuses on the 10 commandments, found in Exodus 20,  directly related to dishonesty: Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. The lesson said we’re not to lie, cheat or steal. As the teacher, it’s my responsibility to make the lesson tailored to the sisters.  For those who long ago made a commitment to give our hearts to Christ, these basic commandments make for really boring lessons. Okay, I guess I’m just talking about myself.  I’m bored when the lesson is something that I learned when I was 10 years old and it doesn’t bring in any new insights from those first lessons....

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"Men Are Like Blowtorches, Women are Like Ovens"...

Feb 14, 2011 by

Do you agree that men are like blowtorches and women are like ovens? This Facebook conversation prompted this post: “[MollyMormon] considers it such good manners for men to smell delicious on the metro.” Brandon:  feeling a bit peckish are we? 😉 Me: By peck, do you mean ranking people in social class? I’m not one to rank people into hierarchies, but I am one to appreciate good hygiene.:) Brandon: hehe, actually i was going off of your use of “delicious” and using peckish as in hungry or feeling snacky. Me: Haha, no. That kind of hunger in women, at least this woman, is the fruit of some kind of emotional draw resulting from admiration and some degree of trust. I’ve never been hungry for a stranger. The thought is completely foreign to me. I should begin polling other...

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