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I am a vader.

On Sept 8, my own name day, my first child and daughter, Saoirse Faye, was borne. I want to be hyperbolic, but it seems irreverent. The real word I’m looking for is “awesome,” because I’m literally filled with awe at my responsibility, the reality…

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I read a draft

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Oof, #TaraWestover whatchoo done to me, girl?

“Educated” has me shook. Jesus Christ, I can’t remember a book that hit so home and was so disturbing to me. I was raised Mormon, served two years as a missionary, and gradually found myself out of the Church after learning about Church historical…

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Medieval Reading and Writing

Originally posted on theculturegirl:
Reading The majority of people during the medieval period were illiterate; this goes for men, women and children, rich and poor. For the poor, there was almost little or no chance of learning to read or write, as a woman,…

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“Tomb Raider” 2018 review

Took this straight out of a Facebook thread A while ago friend made a comment about the new Tomb Raider movie, and I finally saw it last night. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, and it was better than most video game adaptations….

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Fragmented Scribbles: The Witches #NanoWriMo2016

The witches A grimy hovel squatted in the oaks and ashes. It was built into the base of a great and tall tree. A horribly thatched roof. Round windows. Ivy nearly covered them. Walls with copious moss wedged between cobble stones. A chimney that…

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Are #NativeAmerican #reservations really sovereign? (First 100 Days in Office, 2036, Bill #3)

Since I was a kid I thought Native-American culture was pretty dang rad. I enjoyed the idea of living off the land, being in touch with Mother Earth, tribal garb, and being skilled at stealth. [Call that stereotyping, but I was a kid. Baby…

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Gov’t vs criminals = gov’t vs all of us (eventually) #Apple

  Forgive me if this is old news, but the Apple vs. FBI dispute is poignant, and more than I think the average person realizes. Apple is taking a decisive stance on liberty, and we should pay attention.  Tim Cook says creating an iOS with…

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Food review #1: DeLong’s Deluxe

 So, for a couple months I’ve been meaning to start a book club with my friend, TWagus, and we’ve had several books we’ve considered starting with, having a weird range that goes from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, to Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity. Similar, right? Emily’s friend,…

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How to be a BAMF boy: Boy Scouts of America

I love Scouts so much. As a kid I dug it because it gave me adventures that the normal kid didn’t. I learned how to stay the night and cook in the woods, how to shoot a rifle, how to recognize evidence of a…

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Fiction draft 2

Four walls peremptorily shouted back the round’s thunderous crack into the muzzle. Gaseous and ruthless power pulled the round backward with all the gentleness of an angry god, and simultaneously its respective cartridge case shrank, unplugging the breech. Propellant followed suit of the primer…

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Numbers Tell the Story

Originally posted on Life Outside The Book of Mormon Belt:
On November 5, 2015 the policy change to LDS Handbook 1 regarding homosexual members became known to the public. Since then, in the US, 34 LDS LGBT young people between the ages of 14 and 20…

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#StarWars #TheForceAwakens review

Gah, what to write, what to write first, what to say that hasn’t been said? When I heard that there was a new Star Wars film coming out, I was reticent because of the heaping pooh that the prequels are. They’re not even train…

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#KrampusMovie

Good Gandhi, I’m really starting to love the horror-comedy genre! Last night, my wife and I went to go see Krampus, and we took our friend specifically because she would be that person to laugh inappropriately when a movie sucks. Well, actually, Emily had that…

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Let’s change America, but respectfully, how?

Man. Wow, this broaches so many subjects. First of all, he never specifically says he’s addressing America, but he makes some implications. The main thesis of it is that the American economic and political systems propagate environmental destruction, taking advantage of laborers, and the…

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I’m a mentor? F***. I mean, fooey.

So I guess for the past decade I’ve been old enough to give advice, and hang out with kids and teens and it somehow be counted as meaningful. How I’m qualified for that, I doubt, but by the will of some pagan gods it’s…

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Deceive the very elect

First, I should avoid hubris and be clear that I do not imagine myself to be the very elect (Luke 24:24), but I would have never considered myself to ever doubt the Church. I have reason to suspect that few others would have imagined such….

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Silver lining

Today was the best day I’ve had in the real Army, since graduating Advanced Individual Training. And while not also the worst day, it did have stark contrast with prior events.  So, we’re in a Field Training Exercise, and today I’m told to shadow soldiers…

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Gun safety taught like we teach sex ed.

Mass shooting have become commonplace. It didn’t take long for me to get there, since the media and politicians want to politicize them (which, as an opportunist, myself, I don’t blame them). And the debate pretty much goes from “We need laws to protect…

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Halloween flicks

I can’t get enough of the Halloween-dedicated movie. It seeks the cultured soul to focus on something other than murderers, zombies, and the like.

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