“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 inaccuracies and the November 2015 LBGTQ policy. Between that time that
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, this is even less. So what about the rich, well, the…
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. It had a surprising micron of depth that I didn’t expect,
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 was falling apart, nonetheless emitted smoke. A child’s doll haphazardly dropped
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 steps.] Boy Scouts helped me appreciate American-Indian culture more, since Scouts,
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 a back door creates a Pandora’s Box that, once leaked (which
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, Sarah, wanted in, and naturally, I had to force Emily into
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 bear coming though your camp during the night because he ate
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 and calmed from eruption. Like a mechanical John Henry, the primer
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 have committed suicide. The numbers are being tallied by Wendy and…
[Initially written 2015Dec04] I don’t know anymore if the Army is right for me. I wanted to be hooah, and learn how to shoot, how to fight, how to clear a building. I wanted to serve my country and my people. This was supposed to be character building, empowering, and teach leadership. But I haven’t
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 wrecks—you don’t want to look at them, and it’s easy to pull
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 idea; I expected the movie to be at least entertaining, if
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 military-industrial complex. A friend of mine said these all are valid
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 happening. And impossibly so, I’ve amassed a small congress of youth
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. I would consider that I was stalwart, and bold, and nigh
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 in the signal company, who are Satellite Communcations Operators/Maintainers, like myself.
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 our kids from gun nuts!” to “We need guns to protect
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.
Trying something new. Hoping for something more brown-leather with notes of paper and ink; but not too serious.