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September 9, 2012

Someone once told me a certain charter school in Utah forbids sharing among its students, instead rebuking young children who offer to share.  Kids who express interest in something that belongs to someone else are told, “Get your own.”  

Maybe this is where Mitt...

January 15, 2012

To the unparented son:

I am so sorry your mother failed you.  I’m sorry she had you so young, that she didn't go to school past sixth grade, that illiterate people raised her.

I'm sorry your best parent is the stepfather who kicked you with steel-toe boots until you...

November 6, 2011

We are in Bhaktapur, Nepal, an ancient town near Kathmandu, with our friends Chet and Annie.  Chet is from Nepal and we’re staying with his family.  Thirteen people, spanning three generations, live in the house, and now they are hosting five of us, including Annie’s m...

March 21, 2010


Right up front, I’ll confess that I’ve used the “r” word and even that it probably wasn’t as long ago as I’d like.  While I work hard to stay away from other kinds of slurs, I’ve definitely used the word retarded as an insult.  Most likely I used it to describe myself...

March 21, 2010

A little more than two years ago, in view of the capital’s iconic capitol dome, several Utahns sat around drinking cocktails and complaining about the Utah Legislature.  Not about every single legislator; there are many who are sensible and well-meaning.  Just the noto...

January 17, 2010

Once, I made a friend by telling a lie.  My young friend Hugo was getting into small trouble and making the adults who love him worry about big trouble.  Hugo liked tagging, the urban rebel’s art form. I wanted him to see art in a broader way, a way less likely to get...

October 18, 2009

I’ve been in this room for more than half a year.  Not all at once; I’ve been working at it over a lifetime, one week per year since I was 17.

After falling in love with Snowbird, my dad arranged the following:  Every year for 50 years, during Week 40, which begins on...

August 16, 2009

I wasn’t eager to visit the Bible Belt due to its reputation for fundamentalists and bigots, especially since we’ve got those at home.  But the big regional differences turned out to be humidity and rain.

Arriving in Louisville, Ky., we just missed a storm that brough...

May 24, 2009

Camila from Brazil snapped photos like crazy when I took her to my favorite place for enjoying vistas of Salt Lake City.  With her accented English, she asked a startled passerby to take a picture of the two of us.  We stood, smiling and blinking in the bright sun, whi...

April 19, 2009

To paraphrase the bad grammar and weird reasoning of Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars:  What is the morals of a married person?

When Buttars famously met with reporter/filmmaker/humanitarian Reed Cowan, he asked, “What is the morals of a gay person?"  Then, without waiti...

November 9, 2008

Jubilation, ecstasy, elation, prayerful gratitude, drunken giddiness, righteous celebration, overwhelming joy.  Laughing-crying happiness.  Pride.

It’s been hours now since the news, and I’m still having trouble forming complete sentences.  As all great moments t...

August 10, 2008

I was just sitting here at my computer when word came that Stacy had died.  Even worse, she had died a year ago but I just found out.

Stacy was already living in Washington, D.C., when I got sent there in 1991.  I was to follow in her, and others’, footsteps as a Scov...

March 16, 2008

This week we said “Adios” to Cinco.

Our fluffy eight-pound terrier mutt had become the punch line to a sad joke.  He was epileptic, had lost a leg to cancer years ago, and now, at sixteen, he faded to six pounds.  He also was afflicted with a creepy skin condition, ca...

October 14, 2007

I am wearing a gorgeous, impossibly soft, purple shawl.  It’s a prayer shawl, actually.  I don't wear shawls normally, and if you must know, I don't typically pray, either.  Yet I am overjoyed and humbled by this shawl.

This warm, comforting wrap, knitted ou...

June 17, 2007

If you were the type to insist that one crucial message be posted in each and every Utah classroom, what would your message be?

For one Utahn the answer is “In God We Trust,” and he's already printed the posters.

I accidentally e-mailed the above question to 170 peop...

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