City of Writes

Here is my new feature published in the Washington Independent Review of Books with a personal profile of the writing community of Washington, DC, and my own work on the Thai-Mormon narrative history I am writing. “A literary friend bans the mere mention of career and the two-fingered clasp of that must-carry calling card. A self-proclaimed […]


Review: The Castaway’s War

Check out my most recent review at the Washington Independent Review of Books

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Top 3 Posts Published in May 2016

My article made the top three posts polished in May 2016 at Washington Independent Review of Books! Check out the announcement! 5 Most Popular Posts: May 2016

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Meet the Press: May 2016

Hoopoe Specializes in Stories from the Middle East and North Africa. Published in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Excerpt: Discover the Arab world’s most dynamic novels now available in English thanks to Hoopoe — from the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press — a new imprint spotlighting Arab novels, the kind that already top the stacks on nightstands […]

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Boots in the Temple: A Collection

Boots in the Temple: A Collection Boots in the Temple Mormon missionary Levi Savage did not succeed in Burma, and that was better in 1853. In late September in the outer recesses of the pointed gold-laced Shwedagon pagoda on a hilltop in Yangon, wide forehead, warm-eyed Savage jotted a few lines about his struggles. Cicadas […]

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Response to the JMH “Roundtable”


It so happens that I am the “irate” audience member to whom Elise Boxer referred in her comments on page 259 within the section, “Roundtable Discussion: Challenging Mormon Race Scholarship” of the Journal of Mormon History.  So dramatic an adjective certainly heightened my interest in her and others’ comments in the section.  I generally agree […]

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Thai Foundations: When a Missionary Arrived in 1854

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Mormon History Association Conference paper (Incorporating Feedback from Commentator Casey Griffiths) June 2015 A letter arrived at the Grand Palace of Bangkok, Siam on April 5, 1854 from Colonel Butterworth, governor of Singapore. It matches the timing of Butterworth’s request to deal with an unsatisfactory situation to the King of Siam; King Phra Bat Somdet […]

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Sacrament Meeting Disrupted

CHURCH NEWS Blaine, Minnesota The Blaine Lakeside Ward’s sacrament meeting was disrupted Sunday by the appearance of a family of ducks that apparently came for the bread but had no intention of staying for the talks. The duck family, which consisted of a drake, a hen, and eight ducklings, arrived during the opening song, seating […]

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Beast Hands


Characteristically to the side of the large stage sits our interpreter dressed in black, trained only recently at a Julliard […]

Levi Savage Spots an Error

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Seventy-three year old Levi Savage was catching up on the Salt Lake papers when he comes across the obituary of […]

Grandma’s Gadget

When grandma phoned me I could hear her, she just couldn’t hear me.  It was her first real attempt to […]

My Provo Dog

Ty ate chocolate and I thought it was ok until my neighbors told me chocolate poisons dogs.  We lived in […]

Opening Scene

“Thy name shall not be lost.” Joseph Smith, Sr. to Elam Luddington, Nauvoo, Illinois, September 7, 1842 Wood creaked, its […]