Doldrums and Firestorms

Summertime is upon us, and with it comes the dog days of heat and humidity, and a deep, profound feeling of laziness.  The bloggernacle is slow as of late; real slow.  There are still moments of schadenfreude and unintentional hilarity, but we’re getting up later and taking afternoon naps.  Even BCC is not immune – though not lacking in their depth and interest, we post more languidly, out of slow reflection and slower motivation.  You might spot a bourbon-free julep sitting on our desks.

That said, it’s still fun to lob a fireball of controversy out there once in a while.

Enjoy this, prairie muffins!

And lest you think I’m making this up, look at the right sidebar at A Place To Grow.  Now, I believe I may go for a stroll in the park while y’all discuss this wonderful declaration of principles.  Toodles!


  1. Jonathan North, D.D.S. says:

    A framed, cross-stitched copy of that manifesto should be hanging in a prominent location in every LDS home. Along with a copy of the Proclamation.

  2. While not reading the whole manifesto, I always thought that a prairie muffin was a cow turd, somewhat dried, so as to differentiate it from a cow pie.

  3. At least it wasn’t a prairie oyster.

  4. I am an almost daily skirt wearing, attachment parenting, extended nursing, quiverful thinking, co-sleeping, homebirthing, midwifery activist, organic food eating, homeopathic medicine using momma. I try to be a good Latter Day Saint woman but fail miserably at it most of the time.

    Maybe if she quit all that antecedent nonesense she wouldn’t fail so much. /duck

  5. Julie in Austin says:

    J. Stapley–

    While I am unsympathetic to half the items on her list, please remember that you are talking about a real, live, Saint.

  6. Hey, my mom was a Prairie Muffin! How totally cool!

  7. Hey, my mom was a Prairie Muffin! How totally cool!

  8. Sorry for the double-comments, everyone. Clearly some server hiccups…

  9. I appologize. Just trying to have a little fun…though doing so at the expense of others is inapropriate. In reality, I think one can be a good Mormon and do all those things concurrently.

  10. Kristine says:

    One of the things I find fascinating about this movement (ugh! everything sounds like a bad pun once you start with prairie muffins!) is how much overlap there is with the parenting style of the left-leaning granola-crunchy anti-establishment types whose kids go to school with mine–the underlying philosophy is *completely* different, but the day-to-day practice can look pretty similar.

  11. I’ll see you in hell Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  12. Actually, I have had very similar thoughts, Kristine. I have a good friend who is a devout Catholic and La Leche Leaguer. My observations is that it is a fascinating blend of leftist granola and religious right granola. Also, in Fremont, there is an acoustic instrument store called Dusty Strings. Every time I go there, there is a group of Amish looking folk sprinkled among the lesbian-communist looking folk.

  13. Steve,
    I’ve got a timely hot summer post too at

  14. D. Fletcher says:

    Maybe, some of us are tired of blogging. And maybe, some of us are tired of Mormonism.


  15. Tom Manney says:

    Stapley, health food stores usually have the same vibe. Likewise, I find it funny how my leftist politics and my father-in-law’s right wing conspiracy theories often lead to mistrust of the same powers that be and their antics at home and abroad.

  16. Wow… a “firebomb” topic on the afternoon of 7/7/05? I hope that title was inadvertent. It’s a little gauche, today.

  17. Steve Evans says:

    Brit, you are a knucklehead. But to avoid suspicion, I’ll change things around.

  18. Knucklehead? No, just pointing out your title is in poor taste. Have a good afternoon.

  19. danithew says:

    The first comment led me to think of what I’d like to see cross-stitched and framed: stick by your snark

    I’ll be that one would sell. Maybe we should put it on a t-shirt or something. I could see it now … BLOGGERNACLE on the front and “stick by your snark” on the back …

  20. Rosalynde says:

    I think the unholy alliance of extreme left-right granola coalesces around their shared mistrust of modernity–their critiques are radically different, but their refusals to participate often look the same.

  21. Prairie muffins sounds like a title for a porn flick w/ a lot of lesbian action.

  22. Justin H says:

    Karen (#11): Funniest. Comment. Ever.

  23. I’ve almost posted on the Prairie Muffin Manifesto two or three times (which I discovered through A Place to Grow), but I couldn’t think of a way to do it that was humorous and respectful at the same time.

  24. Bryce,

    I’m not sure that Steve could either.

  25. Steve Evans says:

    Tee hee! Oh Kaimi, you Prairie Dawg, you!