Saturday, April 28, 2018

I Have My Own Definition of Friendship

The New York Times, among other characteristics, notes that friendship means "having a common enemy".

Personally, I define a "friend" as "an acquaintance with whom you share a secret".

Not sure what the dictionary definition is.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

It's Not the Time Together, It's the Commitment to the Time Together

Regarding the Atlantic's "Mormons’ Weekly Family Ritual Is an Antidote to Fast-Paced Living", I notice that they see the effect, but miss the cause.

Yes, family time is beneficial, and any family that practiced it weekly would grow closer.

The thing is, there's ALWAYS a reason to skip Family Home Evening. It's always a pain to gather everyone in the same room for an event that doesn't revolve around a video screen. Everyone is always tired, or hungry, or busy, or not in the mood. Nobody really feels like doing it... until they start doing it.

It's just so much easier not to do it, that I can't imagine a family that hasn't been commanded to do it by someone they trust and respect (like the leaders of the church they attend every week), would ever have the commitment and determination to do it when its hard and uncomfortable.

Which it is every single week.

Maybe the authors of the article should attend a few Latter Day Saint church services and figure out the REAL reason people believe it's worth the effort.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Document It or Experience It - Pick One

via Mental Floss

Want to Remember Your Vacation? Take Fewer Photos

My opinion - sunsets never look as good in pictures because it's the panoramic experience of them filling your vision that makes you tingle.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lessons From the Big Screen

(As told to me by my blogless brother Tom)

My rules for surviving in a horror movie:

1. Always have a good flash light with a freshly charged battery or two.
2. Always have a gun and several spare magazines.
3. Never go into the basement in your underwear when you hear a strange sound and the light isn't working.
4. When in doubt, always empty the magazine into the monster's head BEFORE you chop it off and bury it in a 20'
deep hole and fill it with concrete... on holy ground.
5. Finally ALWAYS look In the back seat BEFORE you get into a car.

(With thanks to every 80's horror movie ever)