January 20, 2013

Four couples sat in the late September air in a wonderful back yard, enjoying drinks and anticipating a delicious dinner. It was just a few weeks before an election that until then we had been sure would re-elect President Obama.

Lately, though, the confidence of many...

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...

September 2, 2012

Faux indignation was the main strategy at the Republican convention.  Anyone who watched President Obama flub a line of a talk in July, saying, “You didn’t build that,” understands he meant that no one builds their business alone, that the infrastructure inherent in be...

July 15, 2012

July 4th parade in Huntsville, Utah, population 608. Parade entry: A limousine escorted by teens dressed as Secret Service agents, a white man in a suit wearing a Barack Obama mask. Signs on the limo disparage the president’s record.

Seeing this, I rushed to my office...

September 19, 2010

As I pulled up to a traffic light in my left-leaning neighborhood yesterday, an old man in the car next to me gestured for me to open my window.  Then, referring to my bumper sticker, he said, “Are you still happy with Obama?”  I smiled at him and replied that I was....

January 18, 2009

“The Other Inaugural,” a poster in our living room, is a memento from my time in Washington, DC.  It's a print by Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury, dated Jan. 21, 1985.

It was already 6 years old in 1991 when I paid a dollar for it at a church rummage sale near wh...

November 23, 2008

The downtown neurosurgeon's waiting room needed a style makeover but at least the magazines were current and they had The New Yorker.

My husband Chris and I waited for my appointment; another couple waited as well.  The other woman didn’t look so different from me:  r...

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...

September 28, 2008


I’ve received so many invitations this week!  When you write a column saying what you think of Sarah Palin that can happen.  A lot of the invitations were anatomically impossible, if you get my meaning.  Numerous others invited me to:  1) lose weight, and 2) become mo...

August 24, 2008

A helpful postcard from Sen. Orrin Hatch arrived the other day.

The topic: the upcoming transition to digital television.  Hatch wrote to let all Utahns know that he's asked his staff to set up a series of free seminars to help constituents understand what’s going to...

February 24, 2008

I was a good student in fifth grade.  I sat in my East Millcreek classroom, paying attention to the teacher.

One day she told us any boy in our class could become president of the United States.  She meant to impress us, to leave us awestruck at the possibility of Ame...

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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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