Half and Half

My parents met at a race riot. On opposite sides. My mom, the Hispanic beauty queen, was on the side trying to get the LaRaza flag raised on her campus in East LA. My dad, the Vietnam vet (recently returned), was on the side of the MP’s, trying to keep order. He asked her to […]

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Rough Stone Rolling

The prophet Joseph Smith said that he felt worn and shaped like a rough stone rolling, with all the rough edges knocked off of him.  I feel like that a lot – like a rock in a tumbler, with no control over who/what I hit in the process or where I will rebound.  How strange […]

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The Information Is Out There

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on each on the other for their mutual and surest support? – James Madison Information leads to freedom. It has always been so. When North Korean Concentration camp prisoner, Shin Dong-hyuk, decided to try and escape, it was […]

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What Happened to Common Sense?

When Thomas Paine wrote his book “Common Sense,” no one disputed what common sense actually meant.  While some may have objected to Paine’s application of some common sense to political actions, no one argued that his actions were common sense.  The argument at the time was, much like it is now, that common sense must […]

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