Not My Kid

mfranti - March 31, 2011

There’s a story in the SL Tribune about an Alta High School student who wore a white hood -with eye holes- that looked [coincidentally] like a KKK hood.

And mommy is making excuses for him:

The Alta High mother said her son found a shortened, white pillowcase with eye holes sitting on the bleachers and donned it when his friends encouraged a “whiteout.” He didn’t make the mask or bring it to school. When he ran onto the gym floor raising his arms in the air, she said, he was taunting seniors — not making a “Heil, Hitler” salute. (more…)

Love Wins

Christian J - March 30, 2011

I love a good family fight. Grievances get aired, pain is expressed and, hopefully, questions are answered and wounds healed – from those we love most. In-fighting can be a good thing. So I’ve watched with interest, the swirl of conflict surrounding Love Wins, a new book from Rob Bell. (more…)

Mess makers

mfranti - March 29, 2011

Not wanting to cause trouble (yet), I thought I’d start off with something light….

On my way to the kitchen yesterday, the always closed door to my daughter’s bedroom was wide open exposing me to filth and chaos on levels only seen on the Hoarders. The piles of clothes and shoes and paper and wrappers made it impossible to pass. I waded two feet into the mess and was forced to retreat. For my own health and safety. Even her bed was piled high with clothes, both dirty and clean. Where is this kid sleeping? (more…)

Jacob, Prophet and Poet

MCQ -

Reading from Jacob in the Book of Mormon tonight, we were struck by this verse, near the end of Jacob’s writings, just before he dies:

And it came to pass that I, Jacob, began to be old; and the record of this people being kept on the other plates of Nephi, wherefore, I conclude this record, declaring that I have written according to the best of my knowledge, by saying that the time passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream, we being a lonesome and a solemn people, wanderers, cast out from Jerusalem, born in tribulation, in a wilderness, and hated of our brethren, which caused wars and contentions; wherefore, we did mourn out our days.

I don’t know why I never noticed this verse before, but tonight it hit us like a brick, my wife and I in particular. Maybe because we’re finally getting close to the age Jacob might have been when he wrote it, or maybe we just know a little more about what Jacob is talking about now, or maybe we’re just getting sappy, but the epic sadness of it just cried out from the page for the first time. My wife started crying while reading and had to stop. (more…)

When Feminists and Nine Moons Collide. I Mean Collude. Welcome Mfranti!

Rusty - March 28, 2011

Do you remember when Babe Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox? Of course you don’t, you only remember watching him play in rival Yankee pinstripes. So in the spirit of poaching a rival’s superstar, Nine Moons (a.k.a. Haters of all things misogynistic) is pleased to announce that we have acquired our Babe. Welcome to the team mfranti!!

As you know, mfranti has been hanging around the ‘nacle for years and writing at Feminist Mormon Housewives since 2008 (and has since left. We didn’t actually steal her, she was the top free agent on the market.) We’re not only excited for her thoughts and ideas but hopefully we can pick up some of the coveted “you go girl!” traffic we are so low on here at Nine Moons.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, that adding another perma will overwhelm our readers with too much content. But I would like to assuage your fears. I have personally asked everyone but MCQ to cut their posting frequency from “Pretty Much Never” to “Who?” which will open up the bandwidth so we can all enjoy mfranti’s posts without distraction.

Join me in welcoming mfranti!!

Musical Snobbery – UPDATED Now with Worshipful Axework

MCQ - March 22, 2011

As Mormons, we are musical snobs.  There is approved music and unapproved music.  The borders of the musical promised land and the musical slums are as hard and fast as any railroad tracks that separate the good part of town from the bad, and that extends to instruments as well.  Or at least that has been the case within my memory.  You don’t get to play much music other than Hymns in the chapel.  And no matter what you play, you better play it on an approved instrument.  The list of instruments that you have heard in your chapel is probably as short as the list of instruments I have heard in mine: organ, piano, violin or viola, cello.  Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ve heard an occasional flute or bass viol, but not much else.  Is there a good reason for this? (more…)

BYU’s Honor Code Strikes Again

MCQ - March 3, 2011

As has now been widely reported, one of the key players (who I won’t name here) on the BYU basketball team has been dismissed from the team for doing something that most college students (perhaps especially athletes) consider to be a normal part of college life (had consensual sex with his girlfriend, according to ESPN).  This player was raised in Provo, so he knew what he was getting into at BYU, but that doesn’t make his fate any less tragic for him or his team. (more…)