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Last Updated May 24, 2015 07:00AM

Given the educational standards of today, I’m happy to have received my formal schooling in the ’60s. It’s the only reason I can think of as to why I have a high school diploma. Had I gone to school in the last 10 years, I would have only made it partway through the third grade. That’s still more than enough education to write a newspaper column, but not much else. The problem today would be the zero tolerance of most public schools regarding anything resembling a weapon or part of …

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A historic family Bible whose owner sadly drowned on the Titanic, handwriting lower left, is on display along with hundreds of other historic Bibles including a first edition Book of Mormon [1830], Bibles owned by Elizabeth I, George I, II, III of England, Louis XIV & XV of France, Marie Antoinette's Prayer Book [1785], Hyrum Smith's Book of Mormon [1841], Joseph Smith's vest pocket Bible [1825], Helen Keller's Bible [1947], Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty, Bibles signed by John F. Kennedy and Billy Graham, Bibles owned by soldiers of the North & South during the Civil War just to name a few. The Bibles are on display at Zion's Mercantile in Provo, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Kirby: Reading scripture behind the lines
    One of the most singular things to me is the utter lack of humor in holy scripture. I’ve read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Quran, and even Scien...
    Updated May 22 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: The name of the game is fun
    Even though I don’t care for sports, I never miss my granddaughter’s early Saturday morning volleyball games. I wouldn’t get out of bed that early for...
    Updated May 18 2015 09:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Singer Gordon Lightfoot performs during the CFL's 100th Grey Cup Championship Halftime Show at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) Kirby: Getting lucky with the wrong music
    I wasn’t a fan of Gordon Lightfoot in the early ’70s. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t aware of his work. Anyone who listened to the radio for more tha...
    Updated May 19 2015 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: The forgiving nature of Heavenly Mother
    I’ve always believed in a Mother in Heaven. The possibility isn’t something I ever studied, fretted about, or even bothered to debate with anyone. Wha...
    Updated May 15 2015 09:10 pm   |     |   Share


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    Updated Apr 19 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Apr 08 2015 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Please excuse me from the truth
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    Updated Apr 09 2015 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
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