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Jonathan Max Wilson
poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else
poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else

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"He who knows the precepts and neglects to obey them is like one that lights a candle in the darkness and then closes his eyes."

- Apostle Hugh B. Brown, 1969

#lds #mormon #quotes

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Sometimes the complexities of government and law that are meant to benefit us have tragic unintended consequences. Long but worth your time:

"...somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25-million books and nobody is allowed to read them. It’s like that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie where they put the Ark of the Covenant back on a shelf somewhere, lost in the chaos of a vast warehouse. It’s there. The books are there. People have been trying to build a library like this for ages—to do so, they’ve said, would be to erect one of the great humanitarian artifacts of all time—and here we’ve done the work to make it real and we were about to give it to the world and now, instead, it’s 50 or 60 petabytes on disk, and the only people who can see it are half a dozen engineers on the project who happen to have access because they’re the ones responsible for locking it up."

Other than brief encounters in passing, I have not watched cable or broadcast TV since 1994.

We have never watched either cable or broadcast television in our home. I've seen clips now and then posted on the internet. Every once in a while we have checked it out as a kind of novelty when we have stayed in a hotel.

I know of the various news, commentary, comedy, and celebrity personalities. But I have not watched their shows.

We used to rent videos. Now we steam from Netflix or Amazon or Plex. Our kids hardly understand commercial breaks. The idea of watching whatever is currently on is utterly foreign to them. We choose what we want to consume.

I believe this choice has been a very positive thing for our family.


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Nice rainbow on an otherwise stressful day. 

Happy Easter!

"Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved."

- The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:6-9

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Apple and pear trees are blossoming. Spent the morning spraying the fruit trees with neem oil as an alternative to pesticides. Hoping for healthy trees and a lot of delicious fruit in the fall.
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Song of the Day: Get Busy by Too Many Zooz

I've been digging this song for weeks now. You can also catch the band busking in the NY subway which they often stream live on Facebook.

#music #songoftheday #brasshouse

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Excited to read some new books that arrived for me today:

A Reason For Faith
edited by Laura Hales

The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking
by James Matthew Wilson (no relation)

The High House
The False House
by James Stoddard

#books #reading


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The official English text for all the talks from last weekend's general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now available at and will appear in the Gospel Library mobile app on Wednesday.

#lds #mormon #ldsconf

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Join us this weekend as we listen to the words of living prophets and apostles of Jesus Christ speaking at the annual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Many options are available for streaming video and audio:

#lds #mormon #ldsconf #jesuschrist
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