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Worth a Look

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Really Cool * I LOVE this classical music mash-up:



Politics * A Primer for Understanding Conservatives"For the conservative, no amount of institutions can ever make man right because man is inherently flawed. We can only hope to mitigate man’s negative impulses, and any attempt to mitigate one negative impulse has the possibility of encouraging another. So we have to ask of any law or program: Are the positives of this legislation going to outweigh any negatives it might introduce? Or, as Sowell puts it, “At what cost?” 


Hilarious: * Life Accordian According to Trump.  SO funny, no matter your political persuasion! Inspiring * Identical Twins, Separated at Birth and adopted by two different families, are reunited:




* At the first of last year, a new site launched called Book of Mormon Central.  It is intended to be central gathering place of all research on the Book of Mormon.  They have an excellent blog I've followed from the beginning called "KnoWhy," which gives…

Favorite Landscapes from 2016

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I recently wanted to print some of my landscapes for my walls and I started feeling a little sad because this year I felt as though I haven't really had as much time to take pictures as I've wanted.  It feels like forever since I've been out to watch a sunset, and I didn't get much of a chance to drive around this fall like I wanted.

But then I remembered our trip to Yellowstone this fall, some photos from California in January and December, and I realized that while I don't have a lot in quantity, I definitely have enough keepers to make a top ten list.  So I posted my top 25 favorites on Facebook and asked my friends to help me narrow it down to the top ten.

Favorites from 2015 are here
Favorites from 2014 are here
Top Ten Favorite Landscapes from 2016:
1. Sunset after a Christmas Day Snowfall

2.  The Earth Speaks, Grand Prismatic Springs, Yellowstone

3. Misty Morning at Crystal Cove 


4. Phoenix in the Snow, Provo City Center Temple


5. The Mountains are Calling, Gr…

2016 Reading and Photography

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Reading In 2016, I read 21 books, exactly half of what I read in 2015 (when pregnancy and nursing gave me a lot more time just sitting).  Some were great and some were duds. I still stalk the "new nonfiction" section at the library for a lot of my reading, but I've also been checking out more books online for my kindle.

A few of the books that stood out to me: 1. The Great Divorce.  I always learn something new when I re-read C.S. Lewis.  The premise of this short book is that a man in hell is able to take a bus trip to heaven, where the beings from hell cannot exist in the way that they are. They are ghostly shadows who can't even bend the blades of grass with their feet. But loving heavenly beings who are solid and bright and friends from life come to meet the bus' passengers, inviting them to stay and trying to help them make the necessary changes. Through the many interactions, Lewis teaches about the many lies we tell to justify ourselves and our behavior. P…