Figurative Mormons, or Something

By November 17, 2013

As of last Sunday, I have posted every week for fifty-two weeks in a row. Posting every week didn’t start out as a thing, but it became one somewhere along the way and, proportionate to its actual importance in the world, I’m pretty dang pumped about completing a year. In particular, now that it’s done I can have Saturday evenings (and lately, Sunday afternoons) back: as of today I’m shifting to a once-per-month or once-per-two-month schedule.

Most of my posting falls into two categories: the Southwestern States Mission in the early 1900s ( homepage) and… another one for which I don’t have a concise name. Since 2009 I’ve posted about the Mormon Happy Valley, organisms named for Mormons or the Greek root Mormo, and Mormon Flies, Crickets, Lice, and Bluebeards, respectively. I’ve also looked at figurative language involving Mormons and Cows, polygamous Hindus in India, Robots, the Upas Tree, Cephalopods (Cuttlefish, Octopuses, and Squid: 1, 2, 3, 4), Hydras (1, 2), Cancer (1, 2), Plants and Fungi, and Lampreys, Mermaids, and Leviathans. Throw in the four bits about Mormon-themed aphrodisiacs (1, 2, 3, 4), eight posts about Mormons with horns (7 parts in 2010 and one last week), Speculative Fiction, Mesozoic Reptiles in the Manti Temple, Daylilies, and Hooded Vigilantes, and I intuit a category, but I haven’t figured out what the admissions criteria are. All the posts involve either figurative language or naming of some sort and most involve non-human organisms, but beyond that I’m floundering.

In my head I’ve been calling the group “Figurative Mormons,” but that title seems prone to misinterpretation. I will award three internet points to anyone who can come up with a precise, concise name for this group of posts.

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Comments

  1. Edje,

    It’s always a pleasure! Can’t wait to read what’s next.

    Comment by Tod Robbins — November 17, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  2. What a collection. Congratulations!

    Since I could use three internet points, I’ll suggest a riff on Chesterton: “A Miscellany of Mormons.”

    Comment by Amy T — November 17, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  3. Edje, you’re a rock star. And I love Amy’s suggestion of miscellany Mormons.

    Comment by Ben P — November 17, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  4. That’s a pretty cool achievement, Edje.

    Comment by Saskia — November 17, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

  5. Thanks, Tod, Amy, Ben, and Saskia.

    Amy: I like it. Maybe I’ll go with “A Miscellany of Mormon Metaphors.”

    Comment by Edje Jeter — November 17, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  6. Love it all. Don’t know what to call it, but great stuff. You are a machine.

    Comment by WVS — November 17, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  7. Edje, you are the Iron Horse of Mormon blogging. I’ve loved every post.

    Comment by J Stuart — November 18, 2013 @ 11:10 am


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