Category Archives: Personal

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Science of Shakespeare”


The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe. By Dan Falk. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’ Press, 2014. I had never before considered the scientific worldview of William Shakespeare. Like almost every other American I had … Continue reading

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The Apollo Program and the Idea of Progress


It is somewhat trite to suggest that America was founded on the idea of progress and that it remains both an amorphous concept and one central to American national identity. In the 1830s an astute French interpreter of United States … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma”


Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. By Kostya Kennedy. New York: Sports Illustrated Books, 2014. Pete Rose is an icon, despite all that has happened to him over the years. A player more dedicated than talented he still reigns as the … Continue reading

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Remembering Fred Ordway (1927-2014)


I drink a toast today to a fine gentleman, a gentle man, Frederick I. Ordway III, who passed away last week at the age of 87. Many in the space community know and counted as a good friend Fred. He was … Continue reading

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The Esoteric Mormon Doctrine of Baptism for the Dead


Many have all wondered about it in Washington, D.C., at one time or another while driving around the Beltway and see the Mormon Temple rising before us like the Emerald City out of Oz. What do the Mormons do in there? … Continue reading

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Stunning Performance: Something Fun for a Friday


If you have not seen this performance of “Glitter in the Air” by P!nk at the Grammys in 2010 you are in for a treat. It is really memorable.

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”


The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. By Matt Taibbi. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2014. I have appreciated the reporting of Matt Taibbi since he published “The Great Derangement” in 2009. His very human reaction … Continue reading

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Is There a New Mormon History?


Is there a “New Mormon History?” D. Michael Quinn, one of the foremost practitioners of the type of work distinguished as the “New Mormon History,” certainly thinks so. He assembled more than two decades ago The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Joseph Smith Jr.: Meanings and Interpretations


I was at a local party the other night and ended up in conversation with a professor who teaches early nineteenth century history about Joseph Smith Jr. and early Mormonism. Our conversation turned to Smith’s assassination at Carthage, Illinois, on … Continue reading

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“Charmer” Music Video by Aimee Mann


Something fun for a Friday morning. Here is the video of Aimee Mann’s “Charmer” (2012). With Laura Linney. Enjoy.

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