Thursday, February 25, 2021

There's no app for that?

My kids today wonder how anyone could have navigated the waters of dating and courtship without any electronic means whatsoever.

Those were the days.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

That face seems so familiar...

I tried a new technique with this drawing, mixing lines drawn in ink and drawn in pencil. It didn't work quite the way I had hoped, but it came out OK. And I have a better idea of what to do next time I try this.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Safety first

Unfortunately, we've had several opportunities over these past several months to test our emergency preparedness: the pandemic, wildfires and a brutal ice storm. 

Anyone want to brush up on their provident living?

Monday, February 22, 2021

Sketchbook: Scoop cut

This one just seemed a little too silly, especially when the barber is holding an ice cream scoop. The sketchbook is where this one remains.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

...and out the other

I'll leave it up to you to decide what kind of lesson it was: church, school, webinar.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hungering and thirsting, after

I was going to hold off on running this until fast Sunday... but I couldn't wait!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I hope I can remember my combination

Another argument for reopening schools!

Our district was supposed to start holding in-person classes for the lower elementary kids this week. But then we got hit with an ice storm last Thursday that took out power to a huge swath of the state. Here it is almost a week later and there are still a lot of houses without power, and classes have been canceled all week.

These past twelve months have been strange!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Though your socks be as scarlet

Actually, I've felt this way most of my life — as a missionary, as a toddler parent, and especially when I took our teenaged boys camping when I was scoutmaster!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Social distance or cold shoulder?

Valentine's Day is going to be kind of low-key for us this year. Not only are we still dealing with the pandemic, we're also in the middle of an ice storm, AND we have stake conference to boot! 

However you get to celebrate, have a good Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Taking it to the (Beehive) House

LDS cartoonists seem to pick on Brigham Young, Nephi, Moroni, Samuel the Lamanite and Captain Moroni. I really hope each of those guys has a sense of humor!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Friday, February 5, 2021

Outrageous fortunes

This idea was languishing in my notebooks with a slight change in wording: "To mask, or not to mask..." 

Then Dr. Fauci made the suggestion that we'd all be better off with double masking — and suddenly, this had new life.

Either way, let's be careful out there!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Who's in charge here?

I swear I had a half-dozen calls today from various numbers about an "unusual charge of $720" on my Amazon account.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A whole new world

As a missionary, I was in my first area for five months — a place in the northeast corner of the mission. My first transfer took me to the opposite corner of the mission. It really did seem like a completely different planet!

On a side note, I wonder if that's how it works in the Star Trek mission?

Monday, February 1, 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Looking for a strong connection

They just announced that the April General Conference will be held virtually, for the third time in a row. Can you imagine what it would look like if they filled the Conference Center with Zoom screens and we could all join in?

Friday, January 29, 2021

Tools of the trade

We had our first snow here a couple of days ago. It lasted long enough for drivers to freak out and kids to make snow persons. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Tip top shape for the field

My trainer, bless his heart, wasn't as concerned about physical fitness as he was about spiritual fitness. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Just a minor warning

Those little dogs may not be able to get through the snow, but it won't stop them from yapping!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Opening up to possibilities

I'm notorious for leaving my windows down when it rains. I'm usually a lot better about the snow!*

*I'm pretty sure Tiwi wouldn't let them get very far if they left the windows open.  

Monday, January 25, 2021

Sketchbook: You were my brother!

I was reading a Baby Blues collection the other day, and I noticed that Hammie, the little brother, reminded me an awful lot of some of my missionary companions. Sometimes it seems that they're like little brothers!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Missionary tools

I had a companion who was a baseball player. One of his favorite ways to get people to talk to was to go to the batting cages and knock the covers off the balls. He usually didn't throw things at people, unless necessary.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Improving those shining moments

I don't know how it is where you live, but in our stake we're required to wipe down the podium and microphone between speakers. They ask the speakers to clean up when they finish, but often they forget — so a member of the bishopric has to jump up and do it. It's actually quite entertaining. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

The flavor of goodness

And if I recall from my time in the Young Men's program, having girls involved is even better — at least from the boy's point of view! 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

That's the way I like it

If you find yourself troubled by our times, think about how it used to be. We may have political unrest, but at least we don't have platform shoes, plaid bell bottoms and silk shirts!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Sketchbook: What just happened?

One of the least favorite "dad lines" I use on my kids is, "At what point did you think this was a good idea?"

I have to ask that again in light of events in Washington, DC, this week.


I found a good antidote in Elder Gong's Devotional Sunday night. Give it a listen — you'll feel better!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

From a certain point of view

At work I'm doing some illustrations for a leadership seminar. This illustrates the old Sufi tale of the blind men and the elephant. Each interprets the animal from their limited point of view. 

The elephant is like:

  • a snake.
  • a spear.
  • a fan.
  • a tree trunk.
  • a wall.
  • a rope.
Then comes the question: is each one right, or are they wrong altogether? 

That's kind of where we find ourselves today. Each one is clinging their one part of the elephant, refusing to even consider that other points of view have merit, too. 

Here's hoping we can move beyond that!

Editor's Note: Have you ever noticed how many elephant metaphors there are? Elephant in the room, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, and many more. What's up with that?

Friday, January 8, 2021

No news is good news

I remember the days of being blissfully ignorant of the news for two years as a missionary.

Well, not completely ignorant. Every now and then we'd see the cover of a Time magazine in the window of a bookstore, and my dad kept me up-to-date on the important headlines — like the BYU basketball and football scores. 

I guess you could say I was mostly ignorant!

Then again, it didn't really matter. The locals were all convinced that the missionary gig was just a cover for working in the CIA anyway.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

This is a rerun from last year. It seems appropriate to run it again today.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Working overtime

I went through this a few days ago — a day full of online meetings. I just got a new set of headphones, and I had to wear a face covering because there were too many people in the office. When I went home I noticed that my ears were worn out and tired. Not like after a concert, but like they'd been carrying extra stuff all day. What a weird feeling! 

I wonder if there are exercised one can do to build up one's ear muscles?

Monday, January 4, 2021

Sketchbook: It never bothered me anyway


Welcome to the new year!

There are times when I wish I would have thought of an idea sooner, and this is one of those instances. Especially since  Bill Amend in Fox Trot had a similar punchline in his cartoon yesterday. When I saw that, I knew this would have to stay in the sketchbook.

I find it interesting how often cartoonists come up with similar ideas that run on the same day. It happens all the time in the comics pages.

What's worse is when I think of a hilarious LDS-themed gag, then as I research it I discover that the reason I think it's so funny is that Arie Van De Graaff or someone else did the exact joke years ago!

Anyway, here's to a new year! Let's make it a great one!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Top Ten: Part Two (5-1)

 As we look at 2020 in the rear view mirror, let's take a look at the rest of the Top Ten!

No. 5: We offered our share of cooking tips. Don't try this at home.

No. 4: We've all been there this year...

No. 3: More uses for the mask.

No. 2: Remember when we all met together for church?

No. 1: The briefing.