Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tonight, I was working on my computer at my desk and noticed that Bauer was going to go into his room, which isn't uncommon because that is where his food and bed are. This time, though, he froze at the doorway at started a long, low growl which transformed into some barks. Now, he very rarely barks, in fact the last time I really heard him bark like that was at his own reflection. He was stiff as a board with his eyes peeled on whatever was in the room. I have to admit that I was a little nervous to peek in there because I didn't know what I would see. Would it be a burglar, a monster, or maybe death itself? I thought of that Far Side comic where the little wiener dog is watching a terrifying alien/monster come in through the window and the dog thinks to himself, "Whoa! Maybe I'll just pass on my usual barking frenzy." Anyway, when I peeked into the room, I saw an Abercrombie bag sitting on my roommates bed with one of those typical Abercrombie models. You the ones: sculpted pecs, spiky hair, and a smug look on their face. I guess Bauer did not appreciate the smug look and he was going to let everyone know.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Seriously though, I'm very pleased how this picture turned out. You would never guess how cold it was that day when we took these. The boys took turns enduring the cold long enough for a few pictures before hopping back in the warm car. It's the type of cold that would make Canadians glad they lived in Canada. Alright, it wasn't that cold, but it was close.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
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Friday, December 2, 2011
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Sunday, November 6, 2011
This is a picture from September. I don't really do a lot of new born pictures, I guess you could say that it's really not my thing. However, I do like taking pictures of my cute nieces and nephews, and Brielle is no exception.
My creativity in the baby picture department is very limited. Luckily Emily was in town and was able to hook me up with some example baby pictures from Pinterist on her phone. I didn't know a whole lot about Pinterest before she showed me some pictures on there. I was very impressed, in fact I may just have to sign up.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Also, one hundred years ago, our food was a lot closer to us that it is now. Let me explain. Today, we go to the grocery store and pick up some milk and bread along with the rest of the items on our list without much thought of how much rain we got recently or what kind of condition the herd is in. Today, food comes from the grocery store. A century ago or more, people were well aware of any droughts because their crops grew more slowly without adequate water. You see, food came from the ground back then and without water, there was no food. We are a few steps away from our food source today, while our fore bearers had field dirt under their fingernails while they were eating their evening meat and potatoes.
Why does this matter? I'm not writing this as a plea for organic food or anything like that. I'm writing this because with our separation from our food sources and obscured view of the majestic heavens, society is becoming more apathetic towards God. Like my experience above, when someone has the chance to truly see how many stars are up there, they will feel something. I say "something" because I'm sure it's different for everyone, but one thing for sure is that they will have a different outlook on the life they live everyday. It's hard to look up there and think that everything is there by chance. Likewise, many years ago a family might pray for God to bless the land with rain, or protect the crops from insects, or other problems affecting their fields so that they might have enough food for the winter. When was the last time you heard of a child or community make a plea like that? To put it a little differently, when people don't know where their food comes from and when they can't see the stars at night they stop believing in God.
Now obviously, I'm not a farmer and I can't see the stars very well at night. I still have a strong belief in God because I work on it. Faith isn't something that comes naturally, I've realized, it's something that must be enforced everyday or else it will begin to slip away. All I'm saying is we have to work a little harder on our faith and belief these days because we don't have those two main reminders: food source and stars at night. Also the number of people going to church these days is dramatically less compared to our parents' and grandparents' generations. Could these events be related? I think so. If people are going to church less they are probably not working so hard on their faith. When they don't depend on the Lord for their food, I can see why He gets put on the back burner. The same ABC article sited above mentions that 5 to 10 percent of people during our grandparents' generation didn't have a religious affiliation, today, up to 40 percent of the younger generation don't affiliate with a religion. It's scary because where are people going to be taught moral codes? Check out this TED talk for more on this.
Lastly, I must mention that I was talking to a dairy farmer's wife in Morgan many months ago, and she was telling me about an article in an agriculture journal (I think it was a journal, maybe another article in some publication) about how the author came to to the same conclusion as I: People don't believe in God when they don't know where their food comes from and when they can't see the stars at night. I tried to find it online, but couldn't. A belief in God will help people love their neighbor a little more and treat people the way they want to be treated. Christians know this well. Albert Einstein said:
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools. Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force." -"Moral Decay" (1937); Later published in Out of My Later Years (1950)
If you've read this far, thanks. I'm really trying to write more and become better at it. It's a skill that I feel I'm a little behind on. I've had these thoughts for years, as a few of you probably know as I've talked to you about this. The picture above is a favorite of a cow. I love cows!
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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
I missed Amber while I was down in Texas because they were in Washington for some important matters. Not only was it sad not being able to spend time with all three Rowes, but that I didn't get to take any photos of Lincoln. Luckily, before Amber goes back to Texas, I was able to see them both and take a few pictures. What a beautiful mother and son.
It was an incredibly beautiful weekend up in Morgan. The trees are changing colors and the air has a little bite to it at nights. It's a wonderful time of year, perhaps my favorite. Although, that sometimes changes throughout the year, depending upon my mood I guess. Babies are incredible. Looking at their small and delicate bodies, I can't help but feel a reverence for life. I'm proud of Amber and Dave for being so natural and such good parents with their first child. It's not an easy thing, they don't come with manuals. I know it's nothing new, young parents for thousands of years have looked at each other in frustration when trying to figure out how to raise their little baby. A newly wed couple walking out of the temple yesterday will undoubtedly wonder if they are ready to be parents-- I know I would. But somehow, someway it all works out. Whether it's instinct, or the example of someone's parents, or just the values and type of person someone is it transforms into your own distinct and surprisingly good parenting style. I'm grateful for my parents and siblings who have been such good examples of parents. I'm always amazed by what they do for their kids. I'm writing this because of how impressed I was with my younger sister; who, even though is younger than I, is someone I look up to a lot. If you have just gotten married, or know someone who has, just know that everything will work out- it always does, just have courage and press on. Lloyd Newell put it well:
It’s remarkable what we can accomplish if we have courage, if we refuse to be afraid. Fear is a toxic feeling that can consume self-confidence, dampen hope, and keep us from doing our best or sometimes even trying at all.
Courage, however, can bring out the best in us. It doesn’t mean we will always win. Courageous people learn how to grow from unsuccessful efforts. They succeed more often and at higher levels because they are willing to try—and then to keep trying. (Source)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It was really good to see my family down in Texas. One good thing about the U is that they have fall break. An entire week off to do whatever you want-- besides science that is. At BYU, I got accustomed to going to school for an entire semester and have very few (if any) days off. Spring or fall break? What's that?!
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Here is a picture of my partner while we were watching the game. We cheered during the good times, and wallowed in sorrow during the bad. She even came with me to another football field to watch Seth's game. She was a good date.
Some shoes illuminated by the lights of the football field. The girls were a little more interested in being models for the camera than watching the game. The night was beautiful and cool, which is a novelty for Texas--a welcomed change.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I've said it before, but man, these dogs are pretty animals. I wonder what he's thinking and what goes through dog's minds in general everyday. They are loving, compassionate animals. By default, I believe, they are good animals; it takes cruelty and negative reinforcement to turn them into mean animals. Cats, dogs, cows, horses, and all the domesticated animals of the American west are more than just pets, they are companions and friends. I'm grateful for the animals around me in my life, even the frogs!
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Monday, September 19, 2011
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
With BYU being independent, Utah in the Pac12, and me going to the University of Utah now, things are a little different this year. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an avid Cougar, but it will be interesting where this rival goes in the next couple years. I hope that it is as strong as ever, I think it's healthy and makes both schools better.
Looking at this picture makes me miss my time down at BYU. The education, my friends, and the beautiful scenery like this picture all are sweet memories. My favorite times were walking to BYU football games with our All-sports pass group, walking out of the testing center after finals, economics with Dr. Kearl, seeing campus after a fresh snow fall, and many, many others. My time down there has definitely shaped me as a person. I'm continuing to get shaped here at the U, but in different ways. A maturity difference, place in life, and other circumstances tend to give me a different perspective on education and life. The Talmage building has a plaque when you walk in the south entrance that said, "Mathematics will draw the soul towards truth -- Plato". I might have misquoted it, but that is the general gist of it. Math and science are intriguing in their very nature. The fundamental facts of science are either truth, or will eventually guide us toward truth. Sure science is changing, but look at the things we learn along the way.
With that caveat, I hope the game is a good one today. I wish I was down in LeVell Edwards Stadium today watching the game. I love the atmosphere down there. I loved the football I watched and my good friends and family that I watched it with.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
On this memorial day, I can't help but think of the things that have transpired throughout the years since 2001. I have to admit that I have forgotten, among the frivolous duties of my life, the thoughts and especially the feelings that I had so long ago. Although it is an absolute tragedy of what happened that day, I can use it for introspection and hopefully a transformation of my life. It can serve as a reminder of the great people in my life that love and support me which mean so much to me. It can serve as a reminder that the things that I see are important now are probably not as important as I deem them to be. And most importantly, it can help people take their eyes off themselves to be able to look outward and upward. It can help us look with faith towards God while helping us lend a hand to those around us that have had a disproportional load placed on their backs. To all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the events of September 11th, I will not forget.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
This wildflower was found while hiking up Mt. Timpanogos. It wasn't the only one, there were thousands of them in a meadow before you hike up to the saddle. It was my first time hiking it, and I'm very glad that I did it. I'm extremely blessed to have a body working and able to climb a mountain, and the great friends to hike it with.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
By popular demand, here is another dog picture. I can only stand looking at all the emails rolling in demanding more dog pictures for so long. I'm totally kidding, I've never received such emails. I do like this picture, however, and thought I would share. Consider it a freebie.
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Friday, August 12, 2011
In celebration of our Stake Championship, I decided to dig out my baseball and snap a few pictures. It's a beautiful object, don't you think? Few things are more American than baseball, apple pie, blue jeans, rock and roll, or a golden retriever riding down a country road in the back of an old pick-up truck. So this picture is for all the greats who played the game they loved--Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Satchel Paige, and of course Babe Ruth along with many others. Dust off your glove and go play catch. Get a few tickets to your local minor league team and enjoy a cool evening (assuming you aren't in Texas) watching the game. So instead of asking in frustration why Baseball Tonight seems to be on non-stop during the summer, celebrate the incredible catches, the long hits, and incredible plays that occur around our nation's ballparks every day.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This picture is a panoramic shot from downtown Salt Lake at about 6th East. The middle of the three buildings on your left is the Wells Fargo building at Gallivan Center. Whenever I'm around there, I remember the night I had dinner down there with a fish bone in my throat. I really couldn't think of anything else that night, but now I wish I would have manned up and enjoyed the wonderful evening. Funny how a lousy train ride, fear of elevators, or fish bone in your throat will distract you from the more important things in life.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
TED talks and have been pretty intrigued on some talks on world poverty. It's very interesting to hear statistics about the world geography. It's a very intriguing subject. Anyway, another talk was about the power of a smile and the speaker mentioned that kids on average smile 400 times a day. Adults, on the other hand, smile substantially less. Here is a picture of one of Erin's smiles. From all the subjects I've study, perhaps slowing life down to smile with friends and family is the most important. I read a study that the New York Times highlighted a while back about where people are when they are happy. He concluded this:
So when you think about all the conditions that need to be in place in order for you to be happy, just focus on your thoughts and attitude. Don't get me wrong, I love vacations but most of our lives aren't lived on holiday - now are they? I'm mainly speaking to my myself, by the way.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Something to Believe In. I just can't get enough of it. I saw them perform it live a month or so ago and I remember it being pretty catchy. I guess time and distance has made my heart grow fonder because when I heard it today while going to our ward's softball game, I just loved it. Check it out, you just might like it.
This picture is of the rain, as if you needed an explanation. It has pretty shallow depth of field which explains why most of the picture is blurry. I love summer rains.
This picture is of the rain, as if you needed an explanation. It has pretty shallow depth of field which explains why most of the picture is blurry. I love summer rains.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Some of the best things in life are found in the freezer aisle at the store. I can't remember if I have mentioned this particular brand of ice cream, but it's definitely worth mentioning again if I have. It's Blue Bell's sentimental value that makes it so good - along with the taste, of course. If you haven't tried it, don't worry they will ship you 2 gallons of their delicious ice cream anywhere in the country for the low price of $129.
Lastly, I'm falling in love with summer. The American flag, a baseball game, Blue Bell ice cream, barbecues, parks, summer nights, and playing fetch with dogs are just some of the things I love about this time of year. They are all very American and very awesome at the same time. I enjoy hearing good things about good people in our country. For example, I read a little about the Yankee's HOPE week that they are putting on again- this being their second year. It's a program where the franchise chooses five different organizations to have a few players spend some time with this next week. I was impressed to learn that every Yankee player is volunteering hours of their time to be with someone who life has given him or her a back break. I like how the author put his closing remarks in the article:
Yankee HOPE Week has been such a lovely success that this year, the Minnesota Twins have also instituted a similar program.Yeah, of course, sports is a business. And the best players make millions, and the worst among them are terrible people. But some of them are really nice guys. And sometimes, as the song from the old musical Damn Yankees has it, "You've gotta have heart."And yes, many of them, damn Yankees and otherwise, really do.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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