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Thanks

Yesterday one of those rare events occurred that was so sweet that it ranks up there as one of the crowning moments in my life.  One of my daughters called and said that she has decided to major in Psychology with a second major in Social Work.  She talked about how in her work at… Continue reading Thanks

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Driving

I don’t enjoy driving.  Just the idea of strapping yourself into a tin can and shooting along a narrow pathway at seventy-plus miles an hour, all the while keeping watch out your mirrors for the other cars (and don’t forget potential debris in your lane), is unnerving.  Let’s not even mention that road conditions often… Continue reading Driving

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Simple Gifts

Today a friend reminded me that amid the storms of life you have to stop and be grateful for the little things.  So I sat down and started to think back.  Immediately, vignettes burst into brilliant color in my memory.  On Sunday, I sat down with my class of Four-year-olds, and one little girl smiled… Continue reading Simple Gifts

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Empty Nest

Here I am coming up on the one month anniversary since my youngest left for college, and I’ve decided to give myself an evaluation.  Have I adjusted to the empty nest syndrome?  Er... Well, judging from the number of times my husband comes into the room and finds me crying for no good reason, I’d… Continue reading Empty Nest

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Funeral for a Friend

One of my dear friends lost her son in a freeway accident this past week.  I will be attending his funeral next week.  Having seen my share of deaths and funerals, I know the heavy weight of grief she is experiencing right now.  When we go to someone’s funeral, how do we respond?  Do we… Continue reading Funeral for a Friend

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The Blue Castle

I recently read The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery.  If you are familiar with the Anne of Green Gables novels, then you know how beautifully Lucy wrote.  Her descriptions are scrumptious.  Her characters are lovable, amusing, and very well-drawn.  By the end of the story, the main character has become your life-long friend, and you… Continue reading The Blue Castle

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League of Utah Writers

Over the weekend I attended the League of Utah Writers' Conference in Salt Lake City.  I had a great time meeting authors, learning in the workshops, and drooling over all the delicious-looking books.  I was impressed by how friendly everyone was.  Instead of being competitive, everyone was open and cheerful as they cheered each other… Continue reading League of Utah Writers

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Peace in the Garden

When I was little, my grandmother wrote to me.  I was so excited to be the recipient of letters from the most wonderful person in the world.  These were simple, hand-printed letters that described the flowers, trees, grass, and birds in her garden.  At the time I was puzzled by her obsession with gardening, and… Continue reading Peace in the Garden

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Mango Salsa

There’s nothing like homemade salsa.  After you have tasted it, you’ll never want to go back to store bought.  My kids liked my salsa so much last year, that this spring I planted a Salsa Garden with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, bell peppers, and hot peppers.  Everything did fine except the cilantro, which went to seed… Continue reading Mango Salsa

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SLC Comic Con

This morning (Saturday, Sept. 7) my son and I, along with a couple of friends, went to Salt Lake City's first Comic Con.  Like most experiences, it was a mixture of good and bad.  Bad: We stood in line for two hours in the hot sun to get into the Comic Con.  Especially for those… Continue reading SLC Comic Con