Quotes and Accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin

In Honor of his Birthday: January 17, 1706 “The First American,” “The Man Who Saved the Revolution,” “Founding Grandfather,” “Doctor Franklin," "Universal Genius" Benjamin Franklin is one of my heroes. Ever since I read his biography in sixth grade and wrote a term paper on his life, he has had a place in my personal … Continue reading Quotes and Accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin

The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

"Sunday Sermon" There are two falls from grace.  The first is the fall of Adam and Eve.  The second is our own personal fall. The Fall Brought Physical and Spiritual Death The fall of Adam and Eve brought two kinds of death into the world: physical death and spiritual death.  Death is a separation. Physical … Continue reading The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

“Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Book Review Essay and Commentary "Eve and the Choice Made in Eden," by Beverly Campbell Restoring Eve to her rightful place Latter-day Saints can’t wait to give Mother Eve a big hug, and thank her for her courage and her vital role in the plan of happiness.  She selflessly chose death, pain, suffering, and the … Continue reading “Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories

"Saturday Sermon" and "Doctrinal Commentary" The Genesis Account Genesis in unique among ancient creation stories. The Genesis is poetic and beautiful.  It is sophisticated and inspirational. In Genesis mankind is God’s masterpiece. Men and women are the crown of creation.  Humans are made in the very image of God. The Genesis author’s theme and purpose … Continue reading Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories

Case of the Illegal Hog Farm in Urban Irvine

"Court Case Friday" I spent 10 years as a D.A. prosecuting criminal cases and over 30 years as a judge presiding over them. Most of the thousands of cases I dealt with are very routine, like shop lifting, DUI, and drugs. So, I get excited when something new comes up. One morning, during my misdemeanor … Continue reading Case of the Illegal Hog Farm in Urban Irvine

Words of the Prophet – Russell M. Nelson

"Sunday Sermon" President Russell M. Nelson has given inspired and inspiring counsel to the saints and the world. As the living Prophet, we must hear him and follow him, as he hears and follows the Lord. "In this, there is safety and peace." Those who "follow the prophet" are always blessed. Here are some of … Continue reading Words of the Prophet – Russell M. Nelson

“The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African American writer, poet, and civil rights activist. He was a leader of the NAACP, and the first African American professor at New York University where he taught creative literature and writing.  President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as U.S. Consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua. (As with most of my … Continue reading “The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

The Most Creative Traffic Ticket Cheat

"Court Case Friday" Some people go to great lengths to avoid getting traffic tickets, like using radar detectors or car pool lane dummies. A few traffic ticket cheaters are very creative and go to extreme measures. A motorcycle officer shared the following story with me. The motor cop saw a woman speeding. He turned on his emergency … Continue reading The Most Creative Traffic Ticket Cheat