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About Okrahomer

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  1. I really like what you say here. I struggle with the same thing, especially when I'm the one giving voice to "the words." One small correction: We won't actually "fall back" to Standard time until 6 November--and we will "spring forward" again on 12 March. I have to remind myself that Daylight Savings Time was extended by 4 weeks (2 weeks for each change) in 2007. Prior to that, we would often be reminded during the Saturday evening General Priesthood Session to adjust our clocks before going to bed. That all changed a few years ago.
  2. BYU 19. Utah 20 Great game, but the agony continues... Props to the Utes for another exciting win.
  3. Here on the eve (or sleepless early morning) of the "Rivalry":.. BYU by 7 -----> Running for cover!
  4. I was sad to learn of the death of Gene Wilder today. I loved his semi-crazy yet lovable movie characters. When Gilda Radner passed away, I felt terribly sorry for him. I heard a "faith-promoting rumor" several years ago that quoted Gene Wilder with this:. "Well, I'm a Jewish-Buddhist-Mormon, I guess." But as it turns out, he actually said:. "Well, I'm a Jewish-Buddhist-Atheist, I guess.". Kind of big difference. But then, apparently he had had some kind of experience with Mormonism. He published a book of short stories What Is This Thing Called Love. One of those stories entitled The Flirt begins with the following: "She pretended to be a big flirt, and I knew she really wasn't. How did I know? I found out from one of my close friends, who knew from one of her close friends, that Lolly Adams had been raised up in a Mormon family." God bless Gene Wilder. I have no idea what he really thought of Mormons or Mormonism--probably not much; nevertheless, I did enjoy his comic genius and admired what seemed to me to be his very gentle soul.
  5. I'm with you, Cal. The makeup of the membership of the Church is changing, and the next 20 years will be very interesting and very exciting.
  6. This article by Janan Graham-Russell is simultaneously inspiring and heart-breaking. It hurts to know that someone--anyone, anywhere--would use the "n" word, especially in an LDS Temple setting. And then there is this: "'The African American experience in the LDS Church is one filled with its share of joy. Devan Mitchell, an African American Mormon living in Renton, Washington, told me about an experience with another black convert after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July. “I found her in the chapel and we held each other and cried,” Mitchell said. “As a result of this expression of our pain, something wonderful happened. The members of our ward came together, they embraced us as well, and they prayed with us, they mourned with us.'”
  7. YIKES! Sorry, I probably should have known that. I hope you heal up soon, Cal. By the way, I'm putting everyone out of their collective misery and letting the Pun thread die.
  8. Excuse me!!!! Did you, Cal, actually just make a pun??!!!
  9. You might enjoy this history of Jello salad in the U.S. I'm intrigued by one of the blogs cited in the article "Gallery of Regrettable Foods"--ha! And then there's this terrific closing line: "In its heyday, Jell-O salad was ubiquitous across the United States. Today it is, in the words of Perfection Salad author Laura Shapiro, "a once-loved dish safely congealed in the decorative mold of history."
  10. How about UVU? Our son went to UVU and majored in Philosophy. He loved it. Some of his roommates were at BYU and others were just working. Having BYU and UVU in such close proximity means there are about 65,000 college students in Provo/Orem, most of whom are LDS.
  11. Joseph attended various churches and read the Bible. We know that for sure. His vocabulary grew from his experience. Given his youthful familiarity with the Methodists and other religions in the area, it would be surprising if he was not familiar with words and concepts like “dissenters” or “heaven and hell”. I suppose it’s possible that he had delved into Calvin and Bunyan, but I find difficult to believe. But even if he had, I fail to see why this is necessarily an anachronism. Joseph had a pre-existing vocabulary, and he used it. So, where you see Joseph creating a parody of Reformed theology, I see him describing how the Zoramites mocked the Nephite religion, denied the prophecies of the coming Christ, and rejected the need to obey the Law of Moses--the real religion of the Zoramites was the accumulation of wealth. Where you see Joseph inserting the history of the “English Dissenters”, I see him using his vocabulary to show that the Zoramites were political rebels harboring deep-seated hatred of the Nephite nation. Where you see him plagiarizing “double predestination”, I see him using words he was familiar with to communicate how the Zoramites had twisted the idea of the "elected or chosen" people of God in order to justify themselves. Where you see a crafty and extremely well-read Joseph, I see a humble Joseph struggling to find the right words—wherever he could find them--to convey concepts God revealed to him.
  12. I did get your humor. I was just kidding you back. Looks like mine misfired as well. Apologies.
  13. I just realized I posted and linked to a different recipe. This is the one I used--there are a few differences. Edit to Add: I also read (somewhere) that using the entire orange might make the cake a little bitter--the suggestion (which I took) was to add a little bit of vanilla. I added a teaspoon. I think it probably helped...no bitter taste at all.
  14. I've had a certain level of cognitive dissonance over this post:. Should it go into the "Last Movie" thread, or the "Recipes" thread? After long and serious reflection over the the course of about 2 minutes, I've come to the conclusion that this personal tidbit of culinary insight--which originated with the 2013 movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"--most definitely belongs here. There is a subplot in the movie having to do with a cake that Walter Mitty's mother makes. The cake is called Clementine Cake. First of all, I liked the film. The cinematography is wonderful and the message about embracing life is inspiring. But this subplot made me wonder if there really was such a thing as "Clementine Cake", and if there was: what did it taste like? So I looked it up. Sure enough, there is actually a thing called Clementine Cake. In fact, it's apparently quite an old recipe with origins among the Sephardic Jews. I was intrigued. So I decided to give it a go. It was delicious. CLEMENTINE CAKE Ingredients: 4 to 5 unpeeled clementines (about 1 pound total weight) [FYI: I used Halos] 6 eggs 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 2 1/3 cups of ground almonds [FYI: I used Almond meal] 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder Directions: Put unpeeled clementines in a pot with cold water to cover, bring to a boil and cook for 2 hours. Drain and when cool, cut each clementine in half and remove the seeds. Chop everything finely — skins, pith, fruits — in a blender or food processor. Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter and line with parchment an 8-inch springform pan. Beat eggs. Add sugar, almonds and baking powder. Mix well and add chopped clementines. Pour cake mixture into prepared pan and bake for an hour, when a skewer comes out clean. You might want to cover the cake with foil after about 30 to 40 minutes to stop the top from browning too dark. Remove from oven and leave to cool, on a rack, but in the pan. When the cake’s cold, take it out of the pan. The cake tastes even better after sitting for a day. Makes 8 servings.