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Editorial

Who Needs 'Em?

The case for getting rid of pennies and Labradoodles

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jul 11,2012 - While walking in my neighborhood recently, I crossed paths with a large, regal dog whose coat of blond curls evoked Shirley Temple. A middle-age woman was on the other end of its leash. I stopped to greet the dog. “Is it a Standard Poodle?” I asked his owner admiringly. She stiffened. “No,” she replied archly, “he is a Labradoodle.”

Editorial

What's Your Syndrome?

These days, everyone suffers or benefits from a syndrome

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jul 5,2012 - Just before the housing bubble burst, a Gen-X couple I know re-negotiated the terms of their mortgage. The wife told me that they got an “awesome deal” because the loan officer took a shine to them. “He said we were a cool couple,” she confided.

Editorial

SLC's Pickle-Ball Problem

Why no funds for blossoming sport?

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Jun 20,2012 - There are more than 400 places in the United States where Pickle-Ball is played. Ogden is one. Brigham, Hurricane, St. George and Cedar City are also on the list.

Editorial

Soundtrack to a Life

What songs define the important moments?

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // May 30,2012 - If you were going to make a movie of your life story, it would be a challenge to select the right scenes, but it would be much harder to choose songs for the soundtrack.

Editorial

Fixie-ation

The rise & fall of the trendy bicycle

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // May 23,2012 - The genesis of this column was a report of fixed-gear bikes—fixies—becoming the favored accessory of hip urbanites in Paris.

Editorial

A Walk Across the World

Lessons learned from 5,321 miles

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Apr 18,2012 - I think a well-lived life needs at least one transformative moment. What I have in mind is the uncommon, the extraordinary, the act of will that distinguishes one life from others and is distinguishing in and of itself.

Editorial

If a Tree Falls

Growing an "urban forest"

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Apr 11,2012 - For 15 years, I lived in a house in Massachusetts that was heated by a woodstove instead of a furnace.

Editorial

Sustainability Not So Sustainable

True meaning of words are continually eroding

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Apr 4,2012 - Richard Louv’s lecture keynoted a symposium called Exuberant Sustainability, sponsored by the University’s Office of Sustainability. So I was startled when the first words he spoke disparaged the noun “sustainability.” Louv said that the word has been watered down over the years to the point it suggests a kind of stasis.

Editorial

Too Dense

Are Utah students too lazy to read?

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Mar 22,2012 - Kara Miller, a teacher at Babson College in Massachusetts, wrote an op-ed in The Boston Globe describing students whose lack of preparation for college-level work was exacerbated by their laziness. &l

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Man of Words

Have numbers taken over the world?

By John Rasmuson
POSTED // Feb 22,2012 - While walking across an empty parking lot recently, I came across two pennies lying side by side.
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