A Pioneer Day Reflection on Americana at the Salt Lake Tabernacle

July 24, 2009

On July 3 my oldest daughter and I were fortunate enough to attend our Uncle Jim’s organ concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. We were in Salt Lake City for a family funeral but the Fourth of July atmosphere and its expression in the organ concert lifted our spirits as we enjoyed a fantastic performance of a variety of celebrations of America in music in what is, for us, a special place. Read the rest of this entry »


Our Dead IV

July 13, 2009

Part III, Part II ½, Part II, Part I.

Handgrip Oulton CemetaryMy great-great-great grandfather Alfred Parker Balls lived the early part of his life in a Dickensian nightmare. We celebrated Memorial Day this year in his old haunts in the Lowestoft area, England’s most easterly point, where he experienced a combination of Great Expectations, Hard Times, and Bleak House during his childhood. Read the rest of this entry »


A Note on Revelation

January 28, 2009

I have always loved the Doctrine & Covenants and am excited for this year’s focus on that book of scripture in Sunday School. Read the rest of this entry »


The Influence of Education

December 10, 2008

Kudos to a New York University journalism student in Prague for an interesting story that involves Mormons and religion (ht:T&S). Read the rest of this entry »


Drafts

December 10, 2008

It’s funny but with this new WordPress dashboard all of my drafts appear to have been redated January 1, 1970.


Early Bloomers

November 28, 2008

In England they start kids off on an activist career very young, it seems. Read the rest of this entry »


DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLKE

October 3, 2008

The Federal Republic of Germany turns eighteen today — at least in its reunified form. On October 3, 1990 the official Reunification of a country divided for 45 years by what seemed an insurmountable geopolitical estrangement took place in Berlin, the besieged city at the very heart of the Cold War. The scene played out on the steps of the famous Reichstag building upon which the words in the title of this post are inscribed just below the pediment: DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLKE — “To the German people”. Read the rest of this entry »