Monday, January 21, 2019

Sketchbook: And not a good one at that

You've probably heard the joke, "What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? An in-vest-i-gator." And then nobody laughs.

Personally, I've never heard of anyone trying to teach an alligator anything!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

We sing as we go

Because "sacred colander" wouldn't work, that's why.

Friday, January 18, 2019

It's of ancient date

Not all Young Women are cut from the same cloth.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Companion inventory, Take 2

Missionary companions come in four types: good, better, best — and bless their heart!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Supply and demand

It's amazing how much meaning a simple piece of cloth can take on.

Personally, I have three ties that I brought home from my mission. Each holds a special place in my personal pantheon of neckwear. One was a gift from a member in my first area; another I bought at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival; and the third is about the ugliest tie I've ever seen. It's been officially retired from the office Father's Day ugly tie contest. It's that good.

One of my sons left with a dozen ties and came home with nearly 100. And one of our local missions has banned a certain style of tie (the skinny pastel floral print) because among the missionaries it became like the Sneetches and their stars.

Missionaries form a close, personal attachment to some of their ties. Not only do they help recall people, places or events, they help recall how it felt to be a missionary. Maybe that's why we hold them so dear — they're the ties that bind.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sketchbook: On a tight schedule

I've heard nothing but praise for the new church schedule from parents of small children. I wonder why that is?