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Pioneers

Last Wednesday Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with parades, speeches, and fireworks. We honored those courageous souls who left their old lives behind and crossed the plains to find a new home in the west. They buried loved ones in shallow graves along the trail. They crossed icy rivers, climbed snowy mountain passes, and in summer… Continue reading Pioneers

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Chore Time

Getting your children to do their chores is exhausting and time consuming. It would be so much easier to just do it yourself. But the idea is to teach them to work, so you persevere and ask them for the tenth time, “Are you done cleaning your room yet?” You create chore charts and stick… Continue reading Chore Time

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Wanted: Chick Flicks

On Friday night we went to see Red 2. My husband and sons loved it. It was a typical male action/comic book, shoot-em-up, blow-it-up, car chase movie. Yes, on one level it was funny. The violence was so over the top that it became impossible and ridiculous. But I came out feeling as if I’d… Continue reading Wanted: Chick Flicks

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Horses

Horses have always been (for me) a symbol of freedom, courage, and beauty. As a child I put on my black rubber boots and galloped out in the rain, neighing as I crested the green grassy hill on the playground. Trips to the library included as many of C. W. Anderson’s books as I could… Continue reading Horses

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On Perspective

Have you ever noticed that four people can see the same event and yet tell a different story about what really happened? My sisters and I all remember that when we were little, lightning came into the house. Dad had done a good job building the snug two-bedroom house, but he had neglected to install… Continue reading On Perspective

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Experiments in Life

I just started reading The Guinea Pig Diaries, by journalist A.J. Jacobs. He thinks up an experiment (as in experiments of living life), carries it out, and then writes about the results. He outsources his life to a team in India, with hilarious results. (His wife must really love him.) He disguises himself as a… Continue reading Experiments in Life

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Mary Poppins

What do you say when you wake up and feel blah: a day when you're at the end of your rope, and there's nothing you can think of to say? As Mary Poppins would tell you, the answer is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Ha! I feel better already. My favorite movie from childhood was Mary Poppins. I enjoyed… Continue reading Mary Poppins

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John Denver

On Saturday my husband and I drove up to Park City to the Deer Valley Music Festival. The night’s performance was Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver. The concert was performed by Jim Curry on guitar, with his wife, Annie, also on guitar, and accompanied by the Utah Symphony with Jerry Steichen… Continue reading John Denver

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Too Many Books? No Such Thing.

I started listing all the books I’ve read in the past six months, and I am surprised at how many there are. My husband teases me that the only people who call the house are salesmen, my sister, and the library informing me that my books are in. I have to sheepishly admit that I… Continue reading Too Many Books? No Such Thing.

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Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday to America, the land of freedom, the land that been blessed with riches, beauty, opportunity, and peace for so many years. My heart stirs when I read about the founding fathers and the vision they had for a free land. Their sacrifice, dedication, and zeal move me beyond words. They established something truly… Continue reading Happy Birthday, America!