Diversions

A Dream Deferred @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Eliana:You know that poem by Langston Hughes? Even if you don't do poetry,...

Seven Tips For Giving Your Best Missionary Homecoming Talk @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Shawn Tucker:You are excited and happy to be home. Here are some ideas that might...

How, When and Why Do You Give? @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Seattle Jon:The New York Times ran an op-ed recently outlining Alicia Keys' plans...

Mormonism and Bigfoot @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Scott Heffernan:As I was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very...

Don't Edit Me, Bro! @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Kyle:This past General Conference gave plenty for people* to buzz about. Whether it...

Baptists (and Mormons) on the Road to Emmaus @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Shawn Tucker:Those who have done missionary work in the South (and perhaps other...

The Child Welfare System @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Eliana:I went to family court with a sister from my ward recently. She's working...

Low Expectations @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Reid:From The Simpsons Episode 72 "Selma's Choice" (Jan-21-93)I recently watched...

MMM Is Changing @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  First of all, thank you. Thank you for reading Modern Mormon Men. And a special thanks to...

Glengarry Gen Conf @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Donna Bardsley:It's General Conference Weekend, and for all of us LDS lifestyle...

The Joy and Sadness of a Productive Summer @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Shawn Tucker:This past summer was particularly productive. I teach at a small,...

MMM Library: Famous Mormons…or Not @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by A-Dub:Mormons love to tell non-Mormons about famous Mormons. If you’re a football...

The Holy Ghost, Right On Time @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Scott Heffernan:Scott Heffernan is a graphic designer and photographer in...

BrothersForSisters @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Seattle Jon:As you watch the video below, pretend Ms. Watson is Mormon and...

President Clark, Stewardships, and Variety @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Shawn Tucker:There is some buzz about something President Clark of BYU-Idaho posted...

Linger Longer 35 @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  Linger Longer is a series where we highlight religious and non-religious articles,...

Duty and Passion Can Co-Exist @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Dustin:In 2006 while attending grad school I stumbled upon an interesting phenomenon...

These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Reid:I recently saw a friend deploy a Jedi mind trick in an attempt to evade being...

Manhattan @ Kulturblog
  -   I’ve been watching this show for several weeks now and it just keeps getting...

Esperanto in General Conference? @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Eliana:Why I care about conference talks in non-English:Less ethnocentric. I...

LDS Perspectives on the S-Word @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Richard Tait:I was raised in an orthodox Mormon home where some words were forbidden...

MMM Library: 9-11 Remembrances @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Seattle Jon:What do you remember? Leave a comment ...Seattle JonI was an investment...

3 Mormons Left in Minors Postseason: Minors Postseason Update 3 September 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  In a week the number of Mormon players in the minors post-season games has fallen from 9...

A List I Will Stand Behind @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Melissa Condie:I know it is somewhat of a popular thing in church culture to create...

Can You Talk Good English? @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Eliana:I made friends with a woman at church several years ago, the one you do, based...

Guthrie Sharp Again: Majors Update 7 September 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  The Kansas City Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie started September with another strong start...

Back to School Tips for High School/College Students @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Shawn Tucker:We hate to see them go and we love to see them go. Just sayin’. Here...

2014 Telluride Film Festival reviews @ Eric Snider
  -  I spent Labor Day weekend in beautiful Telluride, Colo., where the 41st edition of that...

Johnson Finishes with a Flare: Minors Update 2 September 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  With the end of the minor league season this past week, it seems like some players let up...

Excellent Ellsbury: Majors Update 31 August 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  Yes, Jacoby Ellsbury is good. Even in the “off year” he has had this season,...

Gelalich Gains Ground: Minors Update 26 August 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  Jeff Gelalich improved his record for the season, and his performance with the California...

Carlos Torres is Mormon: Majors Update 24 August 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -   Just as we learned that Mets reliever Carlos Torres comes from a Mormon family Torres...

Salt Lake LDS Softball Competition, 1935 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  While the first All Church Softball Tournament was apparently held in 1938, competition...

Peterson Performs: Minors Update 19 August 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  Financial advisors often disclaim their proposals with the statement “past...

Harper’s Homerun Duo: Majors Update 17 August 2014 @ Mormon Baseball
  -  The Washington National’s Bryce Harper found a groove last week, hitting 2 home...

Jackie Robinson in the Improvement Era @ Mormon Baseball
  -  Politics is said to make strange bedfellows. While that is certainly true in a sense,...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #221: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Get on Up’ @ Eric Snider
  -  [Also on Movie B.S. this week, a round of Jeff & Eric's Excellent Adventure,...

Garrens Comedy Troupe reunion video! @ Eric Snider
  -  Remember the Garrens Comedy Troupe? Remember when we did a 20th anniversary show?...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #220: ‘Hercules,’ ‘Lucy,’ ‘Boyhood,’ and more @ Eric Snider
  -  [Also reviews of "And So It Goes," "They Came Together," and "A Most Wanted Man." It's a...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #219: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ more @ Eric Snider
  -  [There's a new "Planes" movie too, but Movie B.S. refused to dignify it by watching...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #218: ‘DOTPOTA,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Land Ho,’ etc. @ Eric Snider
  -  [We took a week off to accommodate Jeff's move to San Diego (such a diva), but Movie B.S....

Scratching on the Wall @ Linescratchers
  -  Hi all you loyal Scratchies, I know it’s been quite some time since the (first)...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #217: Our favorites of 2014 (so far) @ Eric Snider
  -  [This week's Movie B.S. has a lot of me and Jeff reminiscing on account of he's moving....

Legitimacy and legacy: Wu Tang’s new concept album @ Kulturblog
  -  Wu Tang Clan are in the process of releasing two albums. One will be standard fare and...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #215: ‘How 2 Train Your Dragon,’ ’22 Jump St’ @ Eric Snider
  -  [We've got a couple of sequels on Movie B.S. this week -- and they're good!] Episode 215:...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #214: ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Fault in Our Stars’ @ Eric Snider
  -  [Listen to Movie B.S. and watch your cares and troubles melt away.] Episode 214:...

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #213: ‘Maleficent,’ ‘A Million Ways…,” more @ Eric Snider
  -  [Plus "Cold in July" and a round of Character Casserole, all on this week's Movie...

Spring Concerts: Augustana and Band of Skulls @ Kulturblog
  -   Pretty much the only two reasons to be inside in the spring just happened in Salt Lake...

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Review @ Kulturblog
  -   So, I went to go see the new X-Men film the other day, and as is the expected course of...

Thai Fried Rice @ Section89
  -     Apparently I’m a glutton for change. I say that I like to find a good thing...

St. David’s Day @ Headlife
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Dunkery Beacon, Somerset @ Headlife
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20th Century Boys @ Kulturblog
  -  This is the best comic book I have read for years. I hesitate to call it manga. It is...

Tiny Boats – No Tiny Feat @ Linescratchers
  -   Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been digesting the album “The Broken...

House Popcorn @ Section89
  -     The first time I gave thought to the word hospitality was in 1994. I was twelve,...

10 Satisfying Moments In Films From 2013 @ Kulturblog
  -   Satisfaction is a hard thing to come by. In fact she is such a slippery mistress that...

Salad with Tarragon, Apple and Clementine @ Section89
  -   When I created this salad last night I knew it was a good idea as soon as I put it all...

2013: A Great Year for Music @ Kulturblog
  -  Seems just a few years ago there were a lot of too-serious discussions about whether...

Radish Butter @ Section89
  -     Hello again, friends. Now that you have all stared at (and hopefully made) the...

Ender’s Game – Discussion @ Kulturblog
  -   Assuming that many here have seen the movie, there will be spoilers ahead… The...

Lou Reed (1942 – 2013) @ Kulturblog
  -  Much will be written about Lou Reed, the iconic rock musician, singer and songwriter who...

Concert Review: The National w/Tame Impala, Dallas 10/12/13 @ Kulturblog
  -   Every so often, you see a band live and everything snaps into focus. While a bad live...

Who's On The Lord's Side Of This Argument Who? @ My Religious Blog
  -  "Hey guy I was arguing with earlier this week on Facebook, did you hear that talk in...

Deciding on Lindsey Stirling’s five best outfits of 2012 was such a difficult task it took eight months of careful consideration to finally decide @ Linescratchers
  -     I never said it would be easy. I only said it would be worth...

James Taylor and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir @ My Religious Blog
  -  I heard they are reworking the lyrics to some of his classic songs for this...

Interview with Scott Zuniga, Austin-based singer songwriter @ Linescratchers
  -   Scott Zuniga is an emerging songwriter who has just released his first demo...

Fried Egg and Avocado Tacos @ Section89
  -     So while I have been honest about the dire straits of my cooking during the...

Drone Strike @ Linescratchers
  -  Today a friend of mine (who I didn’t know was a Low fan) posted a link that has had...

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning… @ Linescratchers
  -  Linescratchers-Friendly Album Compilation Project Announced Driftwood Tide Music has...

Ready to Shake Things Up? Midas Whale! @ Linescratchers
  -   It usually takes years for a musician to become an “overnight sensation”....

Da Korum asks: What I$ Reality? @ Linescratchers
  -  To the joy of their fans, and the apparent dismay of their detractors, Da Korum has come...

Lolcats General Conference @ My Religious Blog
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The Ghost and the Guest: An Unexpected and Unlikely Album @ Linescratchers
  -   The Ghost and the Guest is an interesting album that was recorded in a simple bedroom...

Bosworth @ Headlife
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Linescratchers Song of the Week: Crazy Horses by The Osmonds @ Linescratchers
  -   Don’t watch the video. The video will distract you. The video has white boy...

Interview with Garrett Gibbons, visual storyteller and master of the music video @ Linescratchers
  -  Garrett Gibbons describes himself as a visual storyteller. He’s actually an autodidact...

2012 Linescratchers Awards* — Scratch and Win! @ Linescratchers
  -  We had an excellent field of candidates this year: Many of the big LDS players had new...

Did Mormons save Morrissey? @ Linescratchers
  -  Are Mormons responsible for saving Morrissey’s solo career? Kind of. Maybe. One...

VOTE! Linescratchers Awards 2012 Release of the Year @ Linescratchers
  -  Tell yer friends! Voting is now open and will close in one week (January 26th). Click on...

Linescratchers song of the week: Abinadi by GOGO13 @ Linescratchers
  -   Everybody wants to burn up down the geezer, but nobody wants to see what they have...

Horror Program @ My Religious Blog
  -  I threatened the kids on Sunday that anyone who misbehaved in church would have the...

Woe Unto The Liar @ My Religious Blog
  -  You're so glad when daddy comes home, glad as you can be? Clap your hands and shout for...

May Day @ Headlife
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LOL Cats General Conference @ My Religious Blog
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English Year Update @ Headlife
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Mountain Of The Lord @ My Religious Blog
  -  At church on Sunday the teacher asked the class why we thought Isaiah used the term...

Candlemas @ Headlife
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St. Wulfstan’s Day @ Headlife
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Plough Sunday/Monday @ Headlife
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The English Year/Twelfth Night @ Headlife
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You're Not Alone @ My Religious Blog
  -  Do you ever think about how wonderful it would be if we lived every day of the year like...

Likening The Scriptures Unto J. Lo @ My Religious Blog
  -  I just want to clear up some confusion I've been seeing around a lot lately. In the...

Burning the Guy . . . in private @ Headlife
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This Year For Halloween, We're Giving Out Mormon Laffy Taffy @ My Religious Blog
  -  Which is basically the same thing as regular Laffy Taffy, but the Halloween-themed jokes...

A Pre-General Conference Message @ My Religious Blog
  -  A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When...

Old School Of The Prophets @ My Religious Blog
  -  My patriarchal blessing is so old school that is says I am from the Tribe Called Quest.

Woe Unto The Liar @ My Religious Blog
  -  Remember, if you click the box saying you read and agree to the terms and conditions on...

The Best Two Years @ My Religious Blog
  -  A lot of people refer to their missions as the best two years of their life, but I like...

Possible Lyric Johnny Cash Might Sing During The Millennium @ My Religious Blog
  -  "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him change in the twinkling of an eye."

Puns Of Perdition @ My Religious Blog
  -  I am currently developing a new procedural drama for KBYU about a team of seminary...

Rome Temple @ My Religious Blog
  -  They just released a picture of the new Rome Temple and I for one am getting very...

LOL Cats General Conference @ My Religious Blog
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The Bea (Arthur) Attitudes @ My Religious Blog
  -  Blessed are the outspoken, middle-aged, liberal New Yorkers, for they shall ultimately be...

Translation Error @ My Religious Blog
  -  For years I was positive that when I was younger I had witnessed a really righteous old...

Articles Of Faith @ My Religious Blog
  -  In case you're interested, there's an article about me and this blog on the Salt Lake...

I Am A FULL Tithe Payer @ My Religious Blog
  -  This year instead of signing up for tithing settlement, I am just giving my bishop a link...

This Year For Halloween, We're Giving Out The New Church Pamphlet @ My Religious Blog
  -  "We solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man who has a pet lion and a woman who can...

Friday Is A Special Day @ My Religious Blog
  -  It's the day we procrastinate getting ready for Sunday.

Stupor Of Thought @ My Religious Blog
  -  The scriptures seem to place a lot of importance on mercy and being merciful. Which I...

My Thoughts on New Temple Clothing & Garments Video @ Modern Mormon Men
  -  by Seattle Jon:(1) Surprise at seeing actual temple clothing and garments on video.(2)...