What I have been up to:
- I made my son a sackboy costume for Halloween. When I was in high school my mom wanted me to take
sewing. I opted for Spanish, anatomy and orchestra. I think in the long run those classes have served me well, but the week before Halloween I was really wishing that I had a better idea of what I was doing. However, it turned out descent and he loved it so much he wants to wear it next year for Halloween too.
- Visited some friends on the Wasatch front.
- I made salsa that exploded when I canned it. That’s never happened before.
- I made spiced applesauce. I love the way it makes my house smell.
- Ran a breast cancer awareness 5K with my good buddy who just finished her chemo and radiation. I’m proud of her for kicking her cancer and coming this far. I’m also relieved for her and her little family.
- My husband and I went bouldering for the first time. Supposedly, if you do this on a regular basis, it is ‘magic’ for your arms and abs. I believe it, but after 30 minutes I got to the point where I felt like my hands and forearms would no longer work, let alone help me hold keep me vertical on a wall.
- Oh and my share of homework. Some of the articles are pretty dull, but we’ve also been watching some TED talks about innovations in health care that are exciting.
What I’ve been reading/listening to/watching:
PFLAG Presentation on Preliminary Findings for LDS / Mormon SSA Study– A presentation study about the LDS LGBT community and their perceptions. I found it eye-opening. I think that anyone who thinks that mixed orientation marriages should watch this presentation. It dispells many myths I have heard about mixed-orientation marriages and LGBT’s in general.
Quotes on War From People Who Know What They Are Talking About– Here are a few quotations on war, from people who have fought, saying why we should avoid it.
Elizabeth Smart Says Abstinence Only Programs Hurt Women I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I admire this woman and what she is trying to do to help young people and make the public more aware of rape culture. You sing it sister!
The Problem with ‘Boys will be boys’ I really liked this. I think it shows that if we want to make a difference in society we need to teach our kids how important it is to be nice to people. And it is not okay to teach our sons that they can abuse other people, by brushing aside their bad behavior with ‘boys will be boys’.
Kung Fu Piano The Piano Guys take their cello and piano to the Great Wall of China and create awesome!
Christopher Columbus vs Bartome de las Casas Apparently Christopher Columbus was a real douche. There are other people in history who are more worthy of our admiration
To Love At All– Zen Pencils illustrates some great thoughts by C.S. Lewis on loving and trusting others.
Karrie Brown, Wet Seal Model This is the story of a 17 year-old girl with Down Syndrome who wanted to be a clothing model and the company who gave her the opportunity. This story was beautiful. I cried, it made me have more faith in mankind. And I love that this girl has so much self-esteem and is comfortable with her body. I bet she has an amazing mom.
Who is Mark Hoffman? The Truth Behind the Salamander Letter Bombings Part1, Part 2 and Part 3 I’ve always been curious about the whole Salamander Letter incident, but I hadn’t ever previously done any research on it. This series of podcasts goes over the facts of the forgeries, the bombings, talks about the kind of person Mark Hoffman was (creepy, greedy homicidal scumbag) and discusses why these incidents were significant. And it kept me entertained why I spend hours making the sackboy costume.
Kyle Pederson vs. Dallin H. Oaks One man wrote an apostle a letter concerning his recent comments about gay marriage, and got back a surprising response.
Terrible real estate agent photos I laughed until I cried and then I laughed some more. Dry British humor meets awful real estate photos.
Sons of Perdition– This documentary, available on Netflix, is about some teenage boys who have been
kicked out of (or ran away from) the Warren Jeff’s FLDS community. It follows their story and how being raised FLDS effected them, what made them decide to leave and of one boy repeatedly trying to rescue his mom and siblings from the abuse. The viewer deeply feels for these boys and what they have been through. (It is rated R for teen drug use, but it’s not promoting it, it just shows them experimenting and then getting in trouble for it. Can you be surprised that orphaned teenagers that were raised in a strict fundamentalist environment would experiment with forbidden things once they were liberated?)
Kumare– This one seriously makes you think about blind faith. I highly recommend it to anyone. From the
editorial review “A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, KUMARE is an insightful look at faith and belief. ” Also found on Netflix