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Kissing under the mistletoe

A few years ago, I had no idea that I had decorated my Christmas Day dinner table with the product of bird dung on a twig. We sat around talking about the mistletoe I had snipped out of the tree on my hike through the oaks. Our discussion evolved into the source of my mistletoe — Where does it grow, […]

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The history of the candy cane

I was curious about the candy cane. How did we get this tradition for Christmas? Turns out that a long time ago — in 1670 — in a cathedral far away — a choirmaster wanted to keep a bunch of wiggly kids quiet during Christmas church services. The kids couldn’t sit still during the living creche celebrations in the Cologne Cathedral. […]

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Why remember the Sabbath

I love good online learning. So, I have to share this video from Dennis Prager, in his series of learning vids from Prager University. It’s Dennis’s way of teaching and sharing what you won’t get in school (where they talk a lot about gender, diversity, & feminists studies.) Although we get a little guidance about how to spend our Sabbath […]

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The Thin Man on Christmas morning

Well, I don’t know what to say about this Christmas morning shot, but I love the Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy and that dog, Asta. I love that Nora obviously bought her own Christmas gift. I have a friend that does that (you know who you are!) Nora is so calm. It’s a cute scene — […]

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Trust God

God is omniscient, He sees all-time at one-time.  I try to remember that when things go inexplicably wrong. For example, He commanded the early Mormons to build the Nauvoo Temple — only for them to leave it behind and see it destroyed. In a mortal world, that would not be a good investment. Especially if you could see into the future. […]

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By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Nobody wants to serve up their pet turkey for Thanksgiving. Especially Wesley. So he doesn’t. But he still has to bring back a turkey from the butcher. “By The Light of The Silvery Moon”is a classic 1953 film that revolves around the Thanksgiving holiday. Doris Day plays Marjorie Winfield who teams up with Bill Sherman played by Gordon MacRae. The […]

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How to identify leather video

Here’s my pick for your eLearning video of the week:  Leather 101 — Full Grain, Top Grain, Genuine, and Bonded Leather Explanation. How about that leather chair, or leather bag you purchased — is it quality leather? Have you ever wondered why some leathers wear out, some last long, and some, well, they turn out to be plastic with little leather […]

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Mormons and Catholics in 1870 comics

In the 1870s political cartoonist Thomas Nast, an implacable foe of both Mormons and Irish Catholics, penned the question in Harper’s Weekly —  “Religious Liberty is Guaranteed–But Can We Allow Foreign Reptiles To Crawl All Over US?”  He branded both religions as “foreign” threats to liberty — The Roman Catholic Church depicted as a crocodile and The Mormon LDS Church as a […]

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Hugh Nibley Humor — “And Bring the Brush”

Here’s Hugh Nibley, classic humor, reminiscing about his days in the military on the Eve of Thanksgiving: My first assignment — it was so typically Army you must hear about it: It was the eve of Thanksgiving, and I was scrubbing toilets out with a big brush, with a big scrubbing brush. I was busy scrubbing these latrines out and […]

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A Manual for the After-Life

Here’s a pillow for your head, when you’re dead. If you were royalty in ancient Egypt, and newly dead, the “temple” workers would place this round pillow-papyrus thing under your head — after they removed your organs and wrapped you up mummy style. Meant to supply “life giving fire” to the head of the dead, it was a manual for the after-life. It was […]

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