I just added a note to the right sidebar of “links to Gently Hew Stone.” Ardis at Keepapitchinin has included me in her collection of interesting links again, bringing her total of recommendations of me to five, making her by far my most frequent sponsor. I’ve enjoyed tons of hits from visitors directed from Ardis.
It’s a foregone conclusion that most, if not all, of my readers are familiar with Keepapitchinin. In case not, it’s a smorgasbord of writings from throughout Mormon history that show what our culture used to be like. Ardis is a terrific historian who finds old journals and periodicals and mines them for everything from jokes to embarrassing mistakes to inspiring ideas that we’ve forgotten. Her blog constitutes the Latter-day Saints’ most varied, reliable, and useful mirror of its face today and window into its past.
So why in the world is she deigning to bestow her grace upon this blog? Near as I can tell, all we have in common is that we’re carbon-based life forms who happen to be Mormon and who have roots in Southern Nevada.
Perhaps Ardis wants to encourage the growth of smaller, needy blogs. Maybe she is using the power accumulated by her work to foster the development of less fortunate writers. Struggling artists in the Renaissance had the Medici family; I have Ardis.
Well, then, I lament that I do not have a great artistic achievement to offer as a tribute to my patron’s honor, but I do have something that might tickle her fancy and offer an appropriate thank you: in 2002, I was called as ward librarian for the Lindell and Sahara chapel here in Vegas (I’m still the only male ward librarian I’ve ever heard of). Ours was the only ward in the building at the time, and I was given marching orders by the bishop to organize or clean out decades of outdated, unused materials. I took to the task with aplomb. Below is a list from my journal, only partially recording some of the gems I came across in the drawers, shelves, and cabinets of that old chapel’s Amazonian jungle collection:
- building blueprints
- two lb. barbell
- orange plush pumpkin
- service log for unspecified equipment, last entry dated 7/93
- office supply store catalog, 1986
- Primary flannel boards and records (45s), dated 1963-1969
- ten pair of left handed scissors, all in original packaging, priced 49¢ each
- Relief Society cultural refinement kit, 1978
- cassette recorder stiil in box, with K-Mart price tag, $25
- one copy of paperback self help book, Waiting…, apparently for girls whose boyfriends were on missions, 1981
- Ensign index, 1981-1985
- Portrait of First Presidency and Twelve Apostles, under Joseph Fielding Smith
- And my favorite: two cardboard covered wagons (presumably made in Primary) made with menus from the Sands casino. Menus dated 1959.