Shadow Children and Government Control

I recently just finished the Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The first in the series is Among the Hidden. In this book Luke Gardner is the third born child to his parents in a society where parents are only legally allowed to have two children. This law is enforced by the death of all people who are third born. This law was create in response to a drought which meant that there was very little food for the people. A group of politicians decided that if they reduce the number of children per couple to 2 children, then

2 for 2

Okay, this is not about the recent Jazz wins. Sorry Jazz Fans, but I am not a big follower of Sports, except for baseball. Instead I just wanted to brag a bit. Well, I don’t know if this is something to be proud of, because some times those who write Letters to the Editors can be a little loopy. However, I have written only two Letters to the Deseret News (or any other newspaper). Of those two letter, exactly two have been published. The main reason that I mention this is because I considered writing here about the Deseret News’

Marriage and the Big G

Almost two years ago, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary by attending Education Week at Brigham Young University.  Yeah, I wanted to do something more exciting like at a lake or on a cruise, but my wife won out.  Good thing she did. While I didn’t really want to go, there were a couple of classes that really struck my interest.  One was on finance and retirement savings and it ended up being a great class and very entertaining and informative.  The other was Brett Latimer‘s course on American Culture.  This four-part course discussed American History and how

Broken TV – Marriage

One more thought on bent and broken television before I move on.  I was originally going to include this with my discussion of Without a Trace, but it didn’t seem to fit, and I now feel that it merits it’s own entry. How many television dramas portray happily married couples? As I am writing this the only show that I can think of is Seventh Heaven.  I am sure there are others, but contrast my list to this next one. How man television dramas portray discontent marriages or divorces? My list is: Without a Trace, Law and Order, CSI, Desperate

Broken TV – Without a Trace

I loved this show.  A year ago if you had asked me what my favorite show on TV was I would have said the Amazing Race, but this was a close second. However, it was about a year ago that this show started going down hill.  I remember writing a letter to CBS telling them that one of the reasons that I watched TV was for a little entertainment and to see that good does happen in the world.  Then I explained to them that Without a Trace was starting to focus too much on the evil, and not providing

Bent TV – CSI

I used to watch CSI.  I probably gave it more time then it was worth during the first couple of years. During that time, one thing consistently bothered me.  Crime Scene Investigators don’t make arrests!  Yet, Grisham always ended the show in glory, by being at the arrest and flaunting his glorious mind. I started to give up on the show because of that, but its bent direction finally turned me away for good. Admittedly, I haven’t watch CSI for years.  I really have no idea what is going on with each character, and I really don’t care.  Thus, all