The Right Now Paradox

Time is a funny thing. Or maybe it’s the way we think about time and make choices around time that are strange. Tomato, tomahto. For example, sometimes we think there is plenty of time to put off that due-in-a-few-days task. We watch the show, stay up later than we should, and say to ourselves “I’ve … Continue reading The Right Now Paradox

A Coronavirus Meme-Check

A meme has been making its way around social media recently. Perhaps you’ve seen it. The reaction has been predictable. Many have passed it on in the hopes that it encourages people to wear a mask and avoid gatherings. Others have dismissed it, pointing out inaccuracies in the data. Seeing the lack of dates and … Continue reading A Coronavirus Meme-Check

Maya Angelou on Complaining

I get a weekly newsletter from James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, which lives up to its claim of being the “most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.” (If you’re interested in seeing his latest, you can scroll to the bottom click here A recent quotation from the newsletter was good enough … Continue reading Maya Angelou on Complaining

Hope in the Desert

In need of a little motivation? My brother, Neal Spackman, recently finished a decade-long endeavor, The Al Baydha Project, in Saudi Arabia. The goal was to turn a desert into an oasis. He describes it like this in the linked youtube video: “The climate is hyper-arid, and the land is non-arable. The ecological degradation is … Continue reading Hope in the Desert

Achieving Flight: Discerning Between Correlation And Causality in American Healthcare

In the opening chapters of How Will You Measure Your Life, Clayton Christensen illustrates why hundreds of years of attempts to fly were unsuccessful and what changed that got the Wright Brothers off of the ground. “Early researchers observed strong correlations between being able to fly and having feathers and wings. Stories of men attempting … Continue reading Achieving Flight: Discerning Between Correlation And Causality in American Healthcare

Unemployment, An Update

Published Friday, May 1, 2020 as an update to the post Visualizing the Unprecedented Speed and Size of Unemployment. Unemployment numbers from the last two weeks are in. According to the department of labor, as reported by CBS, the week of April 18th saw 4.4 million claims, and the week of April 25th saw 3.8 … Continue reading Unemployment, An Update

“Youth” by Samuel Ullman

I receive a brilliant (and short!) email newsletter from James Clear every Thursday. A poem from this week’s email is too good to not share. It captures how I want to think about aging as I near the completion of my fourth decade. Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of … Continue reading “Youth” by Samuel Ullman

“This dark stormy hour”

I found a new song that alleviated, for me, a little of the existential dread that accompanies the uncertainty of a global pandemic.

Locus Iste and Sacred Spaces

During high school, I developed a deep appreciation of choral music. Part of it was that I felt it connected me to divinity, to those around me, and to the past. Singing the same songs in the same places hundreds of years later seemed to create a bridge through time, connecting my experience with holiness … Continue reading Locus Iste and Sacred Spaces

The Completeness Assumption

I recently came across a post by Ben Spackman (who excels at being my older brother, among other things) about seer stones, and noticed something new.  “While on my mission in France, I learned about Joseph’s use of the seerstone, along with the Urim and Thummim/ Nephite “interpreters,” and eventually nothing at all, in translating … Continue reading The Completeness Assumption

Maps, Models, and Mormonism

Note: I wrote this on Facebook and needed to publish it somewhere. Originally written July 18, 2018 I shared this in a combined lesson to the 12-18 year olds at church today. The video is six minutes and it’ll take 5-10 to read through my ramblings. These are rough-draft ideas, so feel free to pick … Continue reading Maps, Models, and Mormonism

Demons, Pain, and Strength

This is one of the best podcasts/interviews I’ve ever heard.  It’s Tim Ferriss (of Four Hour Workweek fame) interviewing Amanda Palmer on Creativity, Pain, and Art. Topics range from watching a friend die, to delivering her own stillborn child ALONE, to pain and the power it can bring, to the different types of pain.  Favorite … Continue reading Demons, Pain, and Strength

Spiritual Experiences Are Subjective

Maybe this is obvious. But maybe it’s not. The spirituality of an experience is subjective, not objective.  Three examples:  Sometimes hear people say, “I really felt the spirit” in a meeting/lesson that I have found particularly lackluster. Other times, I’ll have a deep, intense experience in a sacrament meeting and look around to see that … Continue reading Spiritual Experiences Are Subjective

A Young Father’s Fear

Having trouble converting ideas from brain to blinking cursor, I shall forego any commentary and simply quote the following, from Jeffrey R. Holland:  Thirty years ago last month, a little family set out to cross the United States to attend graduate school—no money, an old car, every earthly possession they owned packed into less than half the … Continue reading A Young Father’s Fear

Context and the Death of Mosiah

My favorite section of the Book of Mormon is from Mosiah 11 to Alma 43. There is so much detail in the storyline, from Abinadi to Alma I to Alma II and Amulek, from Aaron and Ammon and Ammonihah. Apparently, it’s also a treasure trove of place and person names that begin with the letter … Continue reading Context and the Death of Mosiah


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