Rosmersholm by Ibsen

Most plays are hard for me to read and infer tone and inflection.

Rosmershom’s philosophical inferences kept me going. This book’s themes will keep me reflecting for a long time.

I thought of the following teachers and writers: Jesus, Paul, Leon Kass, Hans Jonas, Milton, Nietzsche, Hawthorne, Lenin, Kierkegaard, Joseph Smith, Friedan.

Again, I am indebted to Arthur Henry King’s Reading List for a Lifetime for pointing me to this fine work.

How to Give a Bad Talk

How to Give a Bad Talk

(On some of these points, sadly, I am writing from experience.)

Apologize for not preparing

Tell the story of how you were asked to give the talk

Talk about the talk, its evolution in your mind

Read anything for longer than eight seconds

Tell people what to do, be preachy

Tell no stories, except about being asked to give the talk

Give general principles and doctrines

Explain how a doctrine works


Set yourself above the hearer

Do not speak from the heart

Avoid basics

Don’t ask others how you may improve the talk

Don’t practice

Don’t time your talk

Talk longer than assigned

Public speaking

Original Music at my YouTube Channel

Here’s how to listen to recent postings of my compositions.

Moliere: The Would-be Gentleman

This is a hilarious play I just read. Seeing it live would be one of the rewards of living in New York or London where theater productions proliferate. Alas.

The Sun Has Burst the Sky

An original composition.


Mountain Romance Waltz

I composed this tune a few years back and dedicated it to my sister and brother-in-law and their family.

Peace as a River

Peace as a River An original composition of mine at YouTube.

Red Bull Drink Relies on Food Stamps

How is Red Bull paid for?

About half the time, food stamps pays.

About a quarter of the time consumers use debit or credit,

and about a quarter of the time they use cash.

Red Bull Arne Museler

 Red Bull

“How do they pay?”

Type                Index

Cash                145

Credit              65

Debit               109

Food Stamps   301

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Red Bull is an energy drink sold by Austrian company Red Bull GmbH, created in 1987. In terms of market share, Red Bull is the most popular energy drink in the world, with 5.2 billion cans sold in 2012. Wikipedia. Image by Arne Museler on Wikimedia.

Scripture Teasers Part II

Words, Names and Concepts Part II


Immanuel means ________________


Parse “condescension” (I Nephi 11) ______________________


Relate the two terms above:


What is the “better country” in Hebrews 11:16?


Relate prophecy, the spirit of revelation, and testimony of Christ.


How can a veil be both a portal and a barrier? Hebrews 10: 20


How can a person’s flesh be a veil?


Testament= _________________


What, to you personally, is the most endearing of all the names Jesus Christ has?


Salvation is free (Isa. 55) but not spiritual welfare? How so?

Scripture Teasers

Words, Names and Concepts from the Scriptures and Hymns Part I


List, wist, feller, fuller, suffer, sware, the provocation, thence, vanity, stripes, remission


In There is a Green Hill Far Away, replace the word “without”


Who is paired with, proximate to, Zenos?


What was their common teaching?


From the Book of Mormon, name the inactive that bore testimony.


How does a word become a tree? Al. 33-34


How does the diversion to Jerusalem in I Nephi: 11 seem extraneous, compared to I Nephi 8? Why is it not?