Whadda Kid

Dylan has had a fabulous weekend to shine. As Daria has noted Dylan had a breakthrough in his basketball. I was mega-impressed. Dylan had an even greater accomplishment this Sunday as he delivered a talk to his children’s church group on the First Vision which marked the beginning of the Restoration of precious truths to the earth. What I found most impressive was Dylan’s initiative. After learning about his assignment to speak I gave him a copy of the book Our Heritage, and told him it would be a good place to start researching his talk. Well that 11-year old of mine did just that and read the source material and prepared a summary in his own words of the history of Joseph Smith leading up to and including the First Vision. Last night he came down to...

Modest is Hottest

I have four boys and I worry about the influence our immodest world may have on them (and on me). It is a rare to find a store that doesn’t stock magazines adorned in flesh. Inevitably this translates into a flesh revealing world. Perhaps this is one of the benefits of living in Canada—most months are too cool for exposed skin. Why do I worry? I worry how the constant image and presentation of immodesty affects their view of women, and that its prevalence may dull them to values I hold dear: the sanctity of womanhood and the body. I admire the musician, actor, or anyone, who excels based on their talent instead of offering up their body in saddening compensation. Apparently there are some who agree with me. Enter Chelsea Rippy. Rippy designed her own...

Dream Houses

Every once and awhile I fantasize about a home of our own—the Muirhead Kingdom castleHouse of Muirhead, if you will. As the son of a distinguished architect, I can’t just simply take up residence in some cookie cutter house (at least permanently) it would be against principle. Occasionally I drive to school and park a few blocks from the University. I love the homes surrounding the campus, they are all unique in design and ornament, they have history and character and design. They seem worthy of the title “home.” As a Apple enthusiast I crave ease of use, interface, simplicity and innovation. I want a smart home that I can control from my bedroom, laptop/desktop or cellphone. Envision my programmed master bedroom: The sun pierces the...

Belinda How Could You?

Our lovely corrupt Liberal government has managed to score a powerful blow to the opposition party by courting over one of the Conservative party’s leading stars, Belinda Stronach. “I had to do some real soul-searching,” Belinda said in an interview. Yeah, the Human Resource Minister post, in the Prime Minister’s cabinet, probably had nothing to do with it. I’m shocked and at the same time not surprised at all. Shocked that someone who recently ran for the Conservative Party Leadership, and was also dating high-ranking Conservative party MP, Peter McKay, could up and switch sides. But not surprised at all that the Liberals, desperate to pass their budget, would go to such depths. I wouldn’t be surprised if they coached her...

Who do they think they are kidding?

I’ve been craving a laptop for awhile now, and holding myself back pretty well, I might add. But when I saw a flyer from London Drugs advertising a monthly rate for the iBook I’d like to buy, I thought to myself: Maybe if I spread the purchase out over time it would be even cheaper than buying one outright with my student discount and ensuing interest. So I went in today hoping they’d tell me “Why, yes Mr. Muirhead, just sign here and with no money down and no interest you can have your computer today!” Or at least something half-decent. Instead they told me their plan was 18-24% interest a month over 24-48 months. Oooh what a deal, would you like my first-born as collateral? Who do they think is actually going to take them up on...

Longing for a Tent Trailer

I want to explore the province this summer as it will probably be our last here before the frozen wasteland returns. I’d like to do a bunch of overnight camping trips with our herd of boys. I wonder if they would enjoy it? I wonder if we could actually survive to tell our exploring stories? Saskatchewan, I’m told, has thousands of lakes (apparently) the largest active sand surface in Canada (dunes) and gorgeous parks. The parks and recreation department has created a contest that involves visiting a certain number of parks up to as many as possible with prizes for the winners. You have to get your “passport” stamped at each location. Has anyone been around Saskatchewans parks? I’ve got to start asking the natives here where the must...

The Life I’d like to Live

I love wisdom and good counsel. Lately, I’m drawn to it like my mother is to fabric. Like this quote by Adlai Stevenson (U.S. presidential Candidate 52′, 56′), put into context by Elder Dallin H. Oaks : “‘What we need are not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the steady and tranquil dedication of a lifetime.’ This steady, tranquil dedication, when translated into gospel living, means living the gospel by becoming a 100-percent Latter-day Saint 100 percent of the time” So often, it seems, our attention is drawn to outbursts of improvement. In a world replete with revolving-door success stories and instant everything it’s all to easy to be drawn to ‘easy’. I love this quote, and I want to live a...

Discussion Has It’s Place

I teach a Sunday School class each week, and I try to make it an uplifting, enjoyable, informative and Spirit [capital S] filled 45 minutes. If you were to ask me what I hoped to accomplish in that 45 minutes my answer would be commitment and action. Foremost, I want to feel inspired and renewed in my covenants; I think it a necessity to align yourself with a principle to effectively teach it1. I also truly hope that others feel similarly moved to change, or endure or improve their own gospel living. I read an article this week on Bruce R. McConkie, a remarkable champion for Christ and the Restoration, and modern day apostle. His son makes an important point about teaching, in the article, and pointed out a glaring error in my ways: In recent years, we have heard...

Summer Plans

This summer I will be working at the school again, but this time in a different capacity-as a Dentist! Our provincial licensing body allows for a temporary license for dental students between their 3rd and 4th year, under the provision that a dentist be supervising (or in other words on-site for any needed consultation). This will be a true eye opener in many regards as we can begin, commence and finish treatment without the checkpoints of dental school. The onus will be on us to ensure the best treatment. I expect it will make me a better clinician knowing that unless asked I will have the final say. The position offered has been 5 days a week, however, I’d like to work 4. I proposed this alteration and they are amenable to it. I want this extra day to...

Virtually Exam Time

In response to Nicole, exams are nearly upon me. They start May 16th—however, there are about 13 of them and a two papers due. I’m studying a lot write now to prepare for the dominoe experience of almost every weekday for 3 weeks. I’ve been away from home an inordinate amount of evenings as a result. When I get home for dinner each day that 1.5 hours before I return is so meaningful. I make an effort to connect with everyone before I go (and eat some grub). Daria has been so very supportive, and I’m sure Dylan has been helping out in my absence. My sweet mother sent some home made cookies as well to aid the studying process. Delicous, moist and fabulous as always, I think my average will go up as a result. Thanks...