A few updates from the past few weeks:
- I published a piece at A Peculiar People today, sharing my impressions of the Pathways program my parents are overseeing as missionaries in the Bay Area. As part of my two days with them, I also had the opportunity to speak to the LDS Student Association at Stanford University.
- The week after October general conference, I participated in a Mormon Stories podcast, reviewing the efforts of the Ordain Women movement. I was honored to join Fiona Givens, Margaret Blair Young and Maxine Hanks in the discussion with John Dehlin hosting.
- That first Mormon Stories podcast was followed last week by another podcast in which I joined Kate Kelly, Heather Olson Beal and Sara Vranes. We compared and contrasted our approaches and philosophies.
What I'm Listening To (Christmas Edition):
- Luciano Pavarotti's classic O Holy Night. This is what we listened to while decorating the Christmas tree every year I was growing up. Now my kids have lived through that experience too.
- Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas. Fantastically original arrangements of favorites and more esoteric carols.
- Chanticleer's Our Favorite Carols. We heard Chanticleer live several times while living in San Francisco. Our particular favorite on this album is the previously unknown "This Have I Done for My True Love"
- Cee Lo's Magic Moment. We discovered this crazy album last year and are still loving it this year.
- The Killers' Christmas song, "Christmas in L.A." Be sure to read about how BYU animation students worked with Owen Wilson on the music video.
- And no Christmas music list is complete without something from Bing Crosby. Take your pick.