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...

June 26, 2011

Ever accident prone, Chris and I have accidentally adopted a puppy.  This began as the idea of one of the teenagers we accidentally acquired sometime back.

“Let’s get a puppy!” she suggested.

“No and bleepity-bleep no!’’ we replied.

Still, the unwelcome idea, once s...

March 20, 2011

As a global-scale tragedy plays out on the world’s stage, I am aware of the colossal loss, but only barely.  This is the kind of thing that would ordinarily render me nearly helpless with empathy.

Last year, as Haiti’s tragedy unfolded, I could hardly function. I was...

January 16, 2011

Over the holidays Chris and I accidentally adopted teenagers.  This is not another column about stray kittens under the porch; I’m talking teenage humans.  Two of them.

The kids and their younger brother have long been fixtures around our place and we love them l...

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...

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...

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...

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...

September 30, 2007

We’re smack in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15).  I've written previously about my admiration for the great César Chávez and local artist Ruby Chacón, also mentioning Salt Lake's legendary activist Archie Archuleta and the late, irreplaceable...

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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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