July 18, 2010



I’m an enthusiastic list-maker:  “Things to Accomplish Before the In-Laws Arrive,” “Books to Read,” “Summer Salad Recipes to Try,” “Ways I Could Be A Less Bad Person ...”

Still, I cannot imagine the kind of adult who makes a list of people to tattle on.  The type of...

May 30, 2010


I met a sweet little baby named Barbara the other day.  Just kidding.  There are no babies named Barbara.  Name fashion has moved on.  So where are the Barbaras, the Brendas, the Donnas, the Connies; where are the Pattys, Peggys, Kathys and Susans?  I can speak for on...

May 2, 2010


I recently learned that my Grandma Guy was a daughter of immigrants.  Of course, I knew we’re all descended from immigrants unless we are Native American, but I never gave much thought to where my ancestors came from.  To me, we were just part of the big, boring Wonde...

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...

February 21, 2010


I came home one day last October to find Chris in the front yard, leaning on our rake, hunched down and looking through the window of a car, talking with two ladies inside.  The driver, Colleen, was the daughter-in-law of her 90-something passenger, Phyllis Doxey McAf...

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...

December 13, 2009


I’m off my game this holiday season and I don’t know why.

For example, Thanksgiving turkey.  We hosted a bunch of friends like we usually do.  This was the 21st time we’ve done Thanksgiving dinner at our place, usually having from 20-some to 30-some people.

Aft...

November 1, 2009

I am not a cat lady.  I want to make that clear.

Chris and I do have two cats and we think they’re swell.  Their primary responsibility is to provide a calm, loungy aesthetic to counteract our dogs’ bouncy, crazy energy.  They do this well.

But gradually over th...

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...

September 13, 2009


I held my young friends in my heart as I listened to President Obama’s speech to students the other day.  I absorbed his message on their behalf and vowed to watch for opportunities to help kids who have trouble finding their way.

I really liked the speech.  Not beca...

August 30, 2009

I always tell people I have the world’s smallest family.  It’s nearly true; I’m completely without parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings or children.  As a result, I spend much time with friends, usually those near my own age.

People in any age group sha...

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...

June 28, 2009

In 2007, a couple of days after my last chemotherapy treatment, I was riding in a bus along the unspoiled, completely undeveloped white sand and turquoise waters of Cuba’s Matanzas province.  It was late November and I was intoxicated by the sun, the water, the beauty...

June 7, 2009

My friend is graduating from high school this year, and like me, she turned 18 in the days just before donning her cap and gown; two momentous occasions in the space of a fortnight.

Talking with her and celebrating our birthdays together has got me thinking about how...

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All of Barb Guy's columns appear here. There are 159 of them, beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The newest one is on top and you can work your way backwards if you like.

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