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  1. Why2017/12/20
    In some way or other, we’re all looking for the answers to the secrets of the universe. It’s the unending quest of the infinitely curious human species. But sometimes in our quest for that destination that is the answer to our question, we lose sight of the fact that it’s our journey for the answer […]
  2. The Dark2017/11/20
    This piece came to me after several agonizing months doing nothing with music. I understand the concept of the tortured artist, because I’ve lived it. The constant struggle for acceptance and success takes it’s toll when living your dream always feels just barely out of reach. I once heard a quote that got me thinking […]
  3. 0105: Why Am I Doing What I’m Doing?2017/06/04
    It’s a question that can be either toxic or empowering, depending on your attitude. Regardless, it’s a question we all consider.
  4. Join the Away Team!2017/05/23
    It’s the way to have access to ALL of the downloadable content from ChasHathaway.com. I’ve always kind of liked the idea of Patreon, where people contribute monthly “pledges” to the artists they really like, and as a thank you, the artist sends the patrons cool stuff, inside gigs, and basically gives them a chance to be a […]
  5. 0106-Overtones: GMO vs Hybrid vs Heirloom Plants and Foods2017/04/27
    What does GMO mean? Is it the same as hybrid species? What are heirloom seeds/plants, and what is the difference between the three?
  6. 0105-Overtones: Second Level Agency2017/04/13
    I had another dream this morning around 8am where I was presented (again, without any real context—the idea just “occurred” to me, if you will) with an idea. In this case, it was the idea that there are two levels of agency. The first level is the basic level that we all have—the capacity to […]
  7. 0104-Overtones: The Poverty Experiment2017/04/10
    I had a dream last night where I was given an interesting idea for an experiment. The idea was given without the context of a situation–I didn’t see the experiment taking place, and I don’t even remember being in any particular situation. But I was asleep, and this idea came to me. It was called the poverty […]
  8. 0103-Overtones: The Life Review in the Near-Death Experience2017/04/07
    In this episode, we discuss a most interesting aspect to the near-death experience: the life review. And lest you think it’s simply your life flashing before your eyes–just listen, you may be surprised.
  9. 0102-Overtones: The 10,000 Hour Rule and the Definition of Insanity2017/04/06
    In this episode, we discuss: The difference between writers/musicians/artists who “make it” vs. those who don’t The 10,000 hour rule and the definition of insanity You’ve got to learn through trial and error… When to just buckle down and stick to it, and when to change direction (big OR small) How focused to be How […]
  10. 0101-Overtones2017/04/05
    In this program, we discuss: Why this program? Nowadays, you can learn anything The basic science of overtones The cycles, patterns, and motion that inspire the musical piece called, The Dance
  11. New Sheet Music: 4 Minutest, 33 Seconds2017/04/01
    4 Minutes 33 Seconds, Free sheet music download!
  12. The Constitution Will Hang by a Thread2016/10/26
    You’ve probably heard of a prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith about the constitution hanging by a thread. What you may not have heard is the recorded wording of that prophecy: Joseph Smith was once recorded as saying: “Even this Nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground […]
  13. What I Think vs. What I know2016/09/01
    I know, two downer posts in a row. I hate that… shoot, that’s negative too. BAAAAH! I don’t know if it’s my ADHD, financial stress, self-imposed pressure, but this week has been one of the worst in months for productivity and creativity. I do have a hint: Monday night I was informed that music sales […]
  14. Making a Difference is Hard2016/07/21
    I don’t know about you, but I constantly struggle with the sense that I need to be trying to make a positive difference in the world. Yikes, saying it like that makes it sound bad. Let me rephrase that: I really, really, want to make a positive difference in the world, and doing so is challenging. […]
  15. Fun with Telemarketers: Tax Trees2016/03/08
    I think I’ve discovered the solution to the struggling American economy. Two words: Tax Trees. You’ve got to admit, it “trumps” many of the other ideas being set forth.  
  16. ADHD: A Year Later2015/12/03
    It was a year ago next month that I was diagnosed with ADHD, and my doctor prescribed Adderall. I wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis. I’d done enough research to know for myself that the fit was perfect, but I wanted to be sure, so I went to the doctor, who confirmed my suspicions. I didn’t fill my […]
  17. Book Review: Ice Cream Work, by Naoshi2015/11/03
    If you’ve never heard of Sunae, a beautiful form of Japanese sand art, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Ice Cream Work, by Naoshi. Naoshi is a Japanese sand artist, and every page of this colorful book is an example of this fascinating art. The story is about a woman finding work, and […]
  18. Rootstech 2016 Giveaway (3-Day Pass)2015/09/15
    Yes, I’m about to offer a free pass to the 2016 Rootstech 3-day conference. But first I’d like to tell a little story about my last experience with Rootstech. I’ve been working on genealogy since I was a teenager. It was right after Personal Ancestral File went from low-tech black screen and white (or green, in […]
  19. My New Gardening Website2015/09/15
    If you’ve been following me for a long time–like a really really long time, you’ll know I love gardening. Well, with our recent move to a bigger property, I’m excited to document my gardening excursions–but it’s not going to be a simple garden. It’ll be a full on food forest. Of course, it will take decades […]
  20. Weakness is Superpower in Disguise2014/09/23
  21. Vocal Duet: If you Could Hie to Kolob2014/08/19
    Sheet Music PDF download $3.95 MP3 Download $.99   Other vocal pieces by Chas Hathaway: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Count Your Blessings Fly Gethsemane His Rain The Iron Rod Jesus, Lover of My Soul A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Savior, Redeemer of My Soul Silent Night What Child is This?
  22. Change is Now2014/07/07
  23. Failure2014/06/12
  24. Change2014/06/11
  25. Book Review: Elf Tears, by K.A. Stoddard2014/05/06
    If you’re a fan of high adventure, fantasy, magic, dragons, unicorns, and elves, (like I am) Elf Tears is a great read. It’s a fun story with nonstop action and great characters. Stoddard’s done a fantastic job weaving a beautiful plot with great characters. With powerful symbolism, Elf Tears carries a strong message of redemption, […]
  26. Marriage is Not Hard2014/04/30
    Maybe Jenni and I are just weird, and maybe we’re naïve, since we’ve only been married 10 years, but we feel like marriage isn’t hard. Marriage is not tough. Life is tough. Life stinks sometimes. It can be excruciatingly painful and hard, but marriage is one of the best systems for dealing with the difficulty […]
  27. Dreams2014/02/08
  28. February Facebook Fast2014/01/31
    So how about it? Are you up to the challenge? For one month—specifically, through the month of February, no Facebook. Logoff, and other than websites that use Facebook to login, No logging back in until March. It’s just for a month—and the shortest month at that. I’m going to do it. And just so you […]
  29. Onward, Christian Soldiers: Piano Solo Sheet Music2014/01/30
  30. Called to Serve: Piano Solo Sheet Music2014/01/12
  31. How To Get Yourself a Bowl of Cereal2014/01/11
    A 19-Step Guide for Parents of Young Children 1. Decide to get yourself a bowl of cereal. This is a big one. Without the conscious decision, it will never happen. You’ve got to approach this whole-heartedly, or the enormity of the task will overtake you, and you will decide it’s not worth the effort. 2. […]
  32. Time2014/01/11
    No wonder there’s never enough time. No wonder we grow up too fast. No wonder we’re always in a hurry. We aren’t native to time. Time is not our native state. We’re eternal beings locked in a world that’s governed by time. The result is, we’re constantly wrestling with it, constantly trying to come to […]
  33. When There are No Words, God Still Hears2014/01/09
    Let’s face it, there are sometimes when we kneel to pray, and the words don’t come. There are times when someone else is suffering so badly that we can’t begin to know how to help, let alone respond. There are times when despite our best efforts, nothing works, and there is nothing we can do […]
  34. I Am Not a “Manly” Man2014/01/09
    I have a confession to make. I’m no manly man. I’m sure this confession is no surprise to those who know me well, but others have a hard time accepting the fact.   Point 1: Ixnay on watching sports. I hate football (I wouldn’t want to play it, let alone watch it). I would rather […]
  35. Intent2014/01/08
  36. Why I Stand with the Prophet in Every Issue2014/01/02
    Some people are bothered by my statement that I stand by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on every issue. I’d like to talk about that for a few minutes, because it seems to come up often. I think one of the reasons this statement bothers people is because independent thought and conscious […]
  37. If You Knew Who You Really Are…2013/12/31
    If you knew who you really are… You’d forgive. You’d love life. You’d smile more. You’d stop hesitating. You’d give more freely. You’d never doubt again. You’d never fear the future. You’d be willing to make the hard choices. You’d recognize others for who they really are. You’d be content with the reflection in the […]
  38. Ten Ways I See The World Different Than I Did 10 Years Ago2013/12/28
    You know how teachers, parents, and dates always like to ask, “What do you see yourself doing in ten years?” Well, a lot has happened in the last ten years, and though I’m not where I expected to be, I’m happy where I am, and I’ve learned a lot. And though I don’t have any […]
  39. What Kind of Drum Would the Little Drummer Boy Have Used?2013/12/20
    Someone on Facebook today asked, Why does every version of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ use a snare drum? I’m pretty sure they didn’t have snare drums back then. And that a snare drum would make a baby cry. Maybe a little native lap drum covered with animal hide, played gently? Or are we carrying the baby […]
  40. Thoughts On Being Poor2013/12/20
    I have to be honest, I don’t feel very qualified to say much about poverty. I spent two years in Africa, where I saw real poverty. Compared to many of the people there, I’m rich. Even so, according to Utah poverty guidelines, me and my family are way under—as in, we’d have to earn more […]
  41. Rules for Having a Bad Day2013/12/19
    Let’s face it, we all have rough days once in awhile. Sometimes they seem to come more often than not, but either way, we will have bad moods sometimes. Sometimes we allow our bad moods to give us license to be unkind, selfish, or even cruel. So I’ve come up with a list of rules […]
  42. See With New Eyes2013/12/17
    Think of someone. Anyone. It may be a family member, it may be a neighbor, or it may be someone you don’t really know well at all. Just think of someone. Now, what do you know about this person? What is he doing with his life right now? What are her motivations? What keeps him […]
  43. The Next Time2013/12/17
    The next time some guy cuts you off in traffic, pray for him—like really, really, pray for him. Pray that he might have all the good things in life that would make his life truly incredible. The next time your kid breaks something of yours that you love, take her in your arms until you’re ready to […]
  44. You Can Choose!2013/12/12
    I’ve grown increasingly interested in how many things we have a choice about. And while I agree that there are many things we can’t choose, there are a lot more things we can choose than we think. Let’s say, my house, for example. Let’s imagine I don’t like my house (hypothetical, because I actually love […]
  45. I Will Never Become Angry Again2013/12/12
    I read a really good blog entry yesterday by a mother who was unhappy with the kind of parent she’d become, and how she was able to change. Her story is touching, and got me thinking. Our family has a tradition of giving something to Christ each Christmas—such as a resolution or change that we […]
  46. We Are Like Weeping Willows2013/12/11
    I love weeping willows. They’re my favorite of the willows—probably because of the memories I have of swinging in the branches of my grandma and grandpa’s giant weeping willow tree. So it was with great delight that I learned that willow branches of any kind are easy to root, even from the smallest cuttings. So […]
  47. Silent Night2013/11/19
    Silent Night: Favorite Christmas Music by Chas HathawaySilent Night has long been my favorite Christmas carol. This is the first piece I’ve done strictly a cappella, and I’d have to say, it was a lot of fun. Even though the audio here only has one verse, the sheet music has three verses, so you can […]
  48. Away in a Manger Piano Solo2013/10/14
    Get the Sheet Music It’s remarkable to me that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Great I Am, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and saved the Hebrew slaves from Pharaoh, sending plagues and seas on the pursuing armies, was born in the humblest circumstance—like the poorest of the poor, with […]
  49. How’s the Music and Books thing Going?2013/09/09
    This is probably one of the questions I’ve been asked more than any other for the last six months, and I usually answer with the honest but terribly vague, “Good. I love doing it.” So how is it really going? I’m going to answer that question completely honestly (if in a very long-winded post), even sharing the […]
  50. Count Your Blessings2013/09/03
    Peace, Be Still by Chas Hathaway A week ago, Jenni and I learned that our baby, due March 2014, had miscarried. I can’t express in words the kinds of emotions I’ve been experiencing for this last week. The closest thing I can think to say is that our hearts are broken, but our faith is […]
  51. Redeemer of Israel2013/08/27
    Peace, Be Still by Chas HathawayHe looks! and ten thousands of angels rejoice, And myriads wait for his word. He speaks! And eternity, filled with His voice, Re-echoes the praise of the Lord. Sheet music available on my website.
  52. 50th Sheet Music Piece2013/07/10
    While I’ve been writing music for over 17 years, this week marks four years from the time I put out my first piece of sheet music. If I had known the incredible response the sheet music would have, I would have started putting it out much sooner! I just wanted to offer my deepest thanks […]
  53. O My Father2013/07/08
    One of my favorite quotes is by President Ezra Taft Benson. He said, “Nothing is going to startle us more when we passthrough the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know ourFather and how familiar his face is to us.” (“Jesus Christ—Gifts andExpectations,” in Speeches of the Year, 1974, Provo: […]
  54. Be Thou My Vision2013/06/24
    I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself frustrated in my efforts to become all that my Father in Heaven wants me to be. There are so many voices, so many messages, so many possible answers to the everyday questions I’m faced with. It’s not that I’m struggling to decide whether or not to do what’s right, […]
  55. Gethsemane: Original Choir Piece2013/06/21
    In my Gethsemane my poor voice I gently raised, For the burden placed on me, I have also been amazed Oh Jesus, my Jesus That reach was infinite, every soul in space and time, It was also intimate, filling me with grace sublime Oh Jesus, my Jesus Gethsemane, Gethsemane, The garden where the Savior paid […]
  56. Scripture Study Made Awesome: Over 100 Unique Scripture Study Methods2013/06/11
    Have you ever had times when scripture study was tedious, boring, or non-existent? Most of us have. But you’re in luck. Those days are over. In Scripture Study Made Awesome, released TODAY, you’ll find an original list of over 100 fun, interesting, and creative ways to study the scriptures, with encouragement to help you begin […]
  57. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief2013/05/29
    The Stranger and His Friend A poor, wayfaring Man of grief hath often crossed me on my way, Who sued so humbly for relief that I could never answer nay. I had not pow’r to ask his name, whereto he went, or whence he came; Yet there was something in his eye that won my […]
  58. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee2013/05/16
    He Lives: Favorite Hymns by Chas Hathaway Download “Jesus the Very Thought of Thee,” Sheet Music or Free MP3 Thoughts have power. They shape our character. They shape our existence. They shape the nature of our being. No wonder we’re encouraged to watch our thoughts, guard them, and direct them for good. We sometimes picture […]
  59. God Be With You Till We Meet Again2013/05/02
    Were this the only state of existence—even life itself, filled with such vibrance as it is, would be a tragedy. But our true selves, the essence of our nature, the spirit that invigorates our flesh, was born of eternal matter, to parents more lasting than the universe itself. We live on. We sometimes call death […]
  60. Joseph Smith’s First Prayer2013/04/25
    You can get the sheet music or free MP3 of this music on my website. From Joseph’s 1832 account of the first vision: “At about the age of twelve years my mind became seriously impressed with regard to the all-important concerns for the welfare of my immortal soul, which led me to searching the scriptures, […]
  61. Abide with Me, ‘Tis Eventide2013/04/18
    After Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples went their way, wondering, questioning, troubled, and frightened. Two of them walked the long road to Emmaus. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. How can […]
  62. Simple Gifts2013/04/11
    Get the Sheet Music Life is lived in moments—not in seconds, not in hours, not even in breaths or heartbeats. Life is lived in the moments that we make by our own choices. It’s our conscious effort to see beauty, choose kindness, and reach out in love that we find power in the gifts God […]
  63. Fly2013/04/04
    Fly is based on the ideas shared in two of my favorite poems on faith. The first is by Patrick Overton, and reads, When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will […]
  64. His Rain2013/04/03
    by Chas Hathaway and Ria Spencer I am standing in the rain In the sparkling drops of rain I seek the warmth of new light Beneath the endless sky I am walking in the rain In the sparkling drops of rain Through the clouds I see a new light A tunnel to the sky The […]
  65. Gazelem, Piano Solo Version2013/03/29
    Some of you have heard the piano trio version of this piece, but here’s a version for piano solo. I’ve already written a blog entry about Gazelem, and what it means to me, so I won’t repeat myself, but I did want to share this version and let you know that the sheet music is […]
  66. Love at Home2013/03/27
    President David O. McKay said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” (quoted from Theodore Hesburgh, Reader’s Digest, Jan. 1963, 25; in Richard Evans’ Quote Book [1971], 11). “Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.” -Bible Dictionary, “Temple” “Arthur Gordon shared this story […]
  67. I Stand for Eternal Families2013/03/27
    Let me say up front, I am NOT trying to “attack back.” I fully, entirely understand the view of those who support the idea of same-gender marriage. I don’t want to be unkind in any way. I have loved ones, friends and family, who are gay or lesbian, and I love them dearly. I don’t […]
  68. Christ the Lord is Risen Today2013/03/22
    Can you imagine the celebration we must have had? After centuries of watching, waiting, anticipating, sometimes with an almost agonizing hope, and other times with pain and sorrow as we watched our older Brother suffer in preparation for the event—to see Him willingly give His life must have been agonizing, but just like a mother’s […]
  69. Be the Difference2013/03/22
  70. Sweet Hour of Prayer2013/03/19
    God hears your prayers—every one of them. Just because you don’t always feel it doesn’t mean He’s not listening. He’s always listening. Usually the struggle comes with recognizing His answers. Sometimes He answers with thoughts or ideas, sometimes through dreams or direct communication. Occasionally He uses coincidences, and often He uses other people. But if […]
  71. Abide with Me2013/03/14
    When discouragement, fear, and frustration overtake us; when we turn our hearts away from the truth; when we cover our ears to silence the heavenly whisper; when we pollute our lives with one bad choice after another; at some point we come to realize the hopelessness of our circumstance. At that moment of crisis, when […]
  72. Book Review: Marriage 101 for Men: Why Taking Out the Trash Is a Turn On, by Sherri Mills2013/03/14
    Okay guys, listen up. Sherri Mills has a book out for you and I highly suggest you read it. I don’t care if you’re happily married, unhappily married, or not yet married, you REALLY ought to read Sherri’s book, called, “Marriage 101 for Men.”   Now if you’re like I used to be, whenever you […]
  73. For the Beauty of the Earth, with a little help from Bach’s 1st prelude…2013/03/12
    If you’re ever struggling spiritually, take a walk. Look around at the beauty of the world. Notice the grass, flowers, trees, and mountains. Notice the people, birds, and wildlife. Notice the ground and sky. Notice the colors, and the finer, quieter details. Then say a prayer, as you walk. Thank your Heavenly Father for the […]
  74. Does that Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?2013/03/06
    I used to get annoyed by our national anthem. Seriously? The United States’ #1 chief patriotic theme is about bombs going off, and ends (after all, we only ever sing the first verse, right?) with the question of whether our flag even survived the chaos of battle fire. Just by hearing the song, one wouldn’t […]
  75. I Know that My Redeemer Lives2013/03/01
    I tried to portray my feelings about the Savior while writing this arrangement. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Jesus was real, but I’ve had a number of experiences that have confirmed that knowledge, again and again. I think the big discovery for me was that His atonement was for me. It […]
  76. Nearer My God to Thee Sheet Music2013/02/27
    The sheet music for this piece is now available on my website. The art on the cover is called, “In the Green Summer Meadow,” by Ria Spencer. You should check out her other stuff. You can also Download the free MP3. Enjoy the music!
  77. Nearer My God to Thee2013/02/22
    Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky, sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly, still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! I tried to give this version of Nearer My God to Thee a style that might lend to the ponderous […]
  78. Date Ideas: Zero-Cost Dates (freeeeee!)2013/02/14
    Everyone likes free dates. And there are a number of ways to make them unique and fun. Here are just a few such ideas. Playground Go to a local playground. Swing, slide, play tag or lava monster. You may even want to do a bunch of kid-like activities. If you’re in a group date, play […]
  79. Date Ideas: Youth Dance Dates2013/02/13
    Youth dances, including high-school proms, certainly aren’t typical dates, and shouldn’t be considered such. And it shouldn’t be expected that to ask someone out for an ordinary date, you need balloons or a fog machine, but if you’re looking for some fun ask-out or respond ideas or a unique approach to the date for your […]
  80. Date Ideas: X-travagant (and X-pensive) Dates2013/02/12
    I suppose there is a place for extravagant dates, and if you really want one, here are a few unique ideas for those with a little extra money (okay, a lot of extra money). Hot Air Balloon Ride Come on, you know you’ve always wanted to! If you’re going extravagant anyway, why not now? Skydiving […]
  81. America the Beautiful Sheet Music2013/02/12
    Since I had so much fun writing this one, the transcription took a little longer than I expected. You can purchase the sheet music on my website, as well as download the MP3. I’ve always loved this piece, and I hope my arrangement captures some of my feelings about this beautiful land!
  82. Date Ideas: Working-Together Dates2013/02/11
    One of the great ways to learn about compatibility is to do dates that see how well you work together. Here are a few ideas: Cook Dinner Together You’ve probably heard the term, “Too many cooks in the kitchen.” Cooking together is something married people usually do together a lot, and if the relationship is […]
  83. America, the Beautiful2013/02/08
    You may notice when you listen to this arrangement that it’s not your typical America the Beautiful style. Not only is it in a weird key, but it has some bizarre chord changes, and only a couple times in the piece does it carry the typical, traditional melody. There’s a reason for that. America is […]
  84. Praise to the Lord, The Almighty: Piano Sheet Music2013/02/07
    I just learned something about this hymn that I think is pretty cool. The original lyrics weren’t in English, but the earliest translation reads as follows: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, Now to his […]
  85. Date Ideas: Values-Identifying Dates2013/02/07
    Most people’s values are easy to identify over a long dating period, but sometimes they can be harder to recognize in just one or two dates. Ultimately, it’s going to be hard to find out your date’s feelings on an issue if you don’t talk about it. Sometimes the easiest way to do this is […]
  86. Date Ideas: Unselfish (Service Oriented) Dates2013/02/06
    Read Stories to Kids at a Children’s Hospital Most children’s hospitals have a system for having people come and read stories or play with the children in the hospital. Call your local hospital to see if you can bring a friend to volunteer. Volunteer At An Animal Shelter As long as your date isn’t allergic […]
  87. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty2013/02/05
    After writing the piano solo of this piece, I thought it might be fun to spice it up with some Djembe drum, tenor flute, and sistrum (a sort of Egyptian tambourine) to match the style of Hieway to Kolob. And just for good measure, I even included a line or two of didgeridoo. See if you can […]
  88. Date Ideas: Talking Dates (Conversational)2013/02/05
    Sometimes a relationship could have great potential, but you don’t seem to do much talking. “We never talk!” some complain. It could be that your dates don’t involve activities that are very conducive to talking. Try some of these conversational dates, see if they help. Go for a Drive Nothing like being trapped together in […]
  89. Date Ideas: Spontaneous Dates2013/02/05
    Sometimes the best opportunity for a date is in the moment. With spontaneous dates, since they’re unplanned, you don’t have to use the word date when you invite someone, even though you will be paired off together. Here are a few ideas to have in mind in case the right opportunity comes along, and you […]
  90. Date Ideas: Religious Dates2013/02/02
    An important thing to learn about your date is his/her religious convictions. Here are some ideas to draw out religious conversation and learn how each other feel about the Savior. Read Scriptures Together This is even better than reading a novel together, because it promotes religious conversation. Pause between verses and talk about any insights […]
  91. Date Ideas: Quick Dates (1/2 hour or less)2013/02/01
    Sometimes things come up at the last minute that interfere with the four hour date you were planning, but you don’t want to completely call it off, so if you still have a ½ hour to spend together, here are some alternatives you could consider. Since they are so short, they also double as casual […]
  92. Book Review: Tide Ever Rising, by Mandi Slack2013/02/01
    I really enjoyed Mandi’s first book, The Alias, but the moment I started Tide Ever Rising, I couldn’t put it down. I was totally sucked in! If you like mystery, if you like midwest history with a touch of paranormal, you’ll have a great time reading Tide Ever Rising. I found myself Googling information, playing […]
  93. Book Review: Diary of a Single Mormon Female, by Aleesa Sutton2013/01/31
    If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the dating game, and you have unmarried friends, family, neighbors, or kids, you need to pick up a copy of Aleesa Sutton’s book, Diary of a Single Mormon Female. I could say a lot for how fun it was to read–I was laughing on nearly every […]
  94. Date Ideas: Past-Discovering Dates2013/01/31
    Learning about your date’s past can be a challenge, especially if they’ve told you they had a rough early life. Yet an essential part of a relationship is coming to know each others past as well as present self. But most people think of their past as ordinary or average. Truthfully, there’s no such thing […]
  95. Date Ideas: Occupational Career Dates2013/01/30
    One of the things that you’ll want to learn about your date is her career plans. Once you find out what she wants to do for the rest of her life, plan a date based around that thing. (And don’t forget that full-time parent is a fully legitimate career choice!) Shadow Someone Find someone doing […]
  96. Date Ideas: Nature-Outdoorsy Dates2013/01/29
    Sometimes just getting outside can make a great date. But what to do while you’re out there? Try a few of these: Boating, Canoeing, or Kayaking Find a big lake, and get out on the water. Explore, and see if you can find a small island or obscure corner of the lake that takes a […]
  97. Date Ideas: Meet-the-Family Dates2013/01/28
    Sometimes we tend to get more stressed about meeting the family than we are about the initial date. Usually, there’s no reason to be afraid. Still, it helps to have a plan, so you don’t have to meet under less-than-ideal circumstances, such as bumping into them when you’re at the grocery store with a grocery […]
  98. Date Ideas: Lazy Dates2013/01/27
    Most lazy activities don’t need much explanation—just an initial idea. So if you’re not feeling like being fancy, or even very active at all, but still want to spend time together, try some of these lazy date ideas. Sit On the Front Porch There’s just something about porch sitting that’s relaxing and conversational. Read a […]
  99. Ka-Ching! Money Making Dates2013/01/25
    We always talk about expensive vs. cheap vs. free dates, but how often do we consider dates that might actually bring money in? If your relationship is really going well, and you want to tug at heart-strings to get people to buy, you can always tell them it’s going toward the ring fund! Do a […]
  100. Date Ideas: Just-for-Fun Dates2013/01/24
    After doing a bunch of useful dates that really help you develop your relationship (or for a great first date), you may want to do a fun date that has no point except, well, to have fun! Here are some random ideas. Bake Cookies Together Baking cookies is always fun, and it’s even more fun […]
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