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....

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...

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...

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...

October 26, 2008

Thank heavens I saw “Boogie Man” last week; it was good prep.  It’s a documentary about Lee Atwater, Republican Party dirty-trickster, the man with Alex P. Keaton looks and charm who taught Karl Rove every divisive, dishonest, cheap-shot move in his book.

Atwater, who...

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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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