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Summer in the City

On valuing the simplicity of free-spirited fun.

On Patriotic Correctness

Armed Forces Day is a good time to take stock of your own patriotic correctness.

Keep Dreaming

When DACA hits home

Ending as Beginning

"There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys, how's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'"

Mormons and Pot

Despite Mormonism's claims that its prophets talk with God, its recent history portrays a rather bleak record for getting on the right side of political issues.

Good Friend, Good

"Friend. Good."

Safety First

The conversation is far from over. Opponents and politicians would be wise to start showing up to the conversation prepared to listen.

Redeemed by Poets

The wretched state of public discourse cries out for poetic grace.
I was a high-school English teacher in 2001, the year Billy Collins was appointed U.S. poet laureate.

One in Four and More

I prefer the phrase "one in four" to "25 percent."


In my early 20s, there were five movies in rotation as my go-to bedtime stories.

On Trump's Parade

Donald Trump might have been humming Richman's familiar tune last summer after watching a military parade in Paris commemorating Bastille Day and the French Revolution.

Dear Orrin

'Hypocrisy, thy name is Orrin'
I read that Brigham Young University and the University of Utah are vying to become the repository of Orrin Hatch's congressional papers.

Hoopla and Hearts

Reflecting on Meh-lentines Day
By the time I hit my teens, my emotions surrounding Valentine's Day could be summed up one word.

How You See What You See

There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph.

Plane Dogs

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.

Words Gotta Be Perfecto

I now get email from the president.

Not Home for the Holidays

Trying to remain cheery and bright in the afermath of loss.
Throughout Utah, hundreds of individuals will not return home for the holidays.

'Tis the Season to Be Hygge!

Looking for a holiday change of pace? Celebrate like the Danes do.
Celebrating Christmas is an evolving practice.


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