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First Place Winner of the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition

First Place Winner of the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition

Written by on October 8, 2017 in On Writing with 0 Comments

September 19, 2017. It was a long day. Things had gone wrong from the start. My morning coffee was weak and I had so many interruptions I was unable to get any writing done. I had to make several difficult phone calls. I missed my exit on the freeway and was late for an appointment. […]

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Misconceptions About Polygamy

Misconceptions About Polygamy

Written by on October 4, 2016 in On Polygamy with 0 Comments

Misconceptions There are a lot of misconceptions and common stereotypes about the practice of Mormon Fundamentalist polygamy. As someone who was raised in polygamy, who has siblings that practice polygamy and who continues to have friendships and connections to people within the polygamist culture, I feel (somewhat) qualified to speak to at least a few […]

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Mistaken

Mistaken

Written by on July 19, 2016 in My Short Stories with 0 Comments

Carl looked at his watch. It was twelve minutes past five. He had been sitting in his car for four long hours. A small circle of cigarette butts lay in the dirt next to the driver’s side door. He had been assigned a family and they had been under surveillance for weeks and still there […]

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Why Polygamy Should Not Be a Crime

Why Polygamy Should Not Be a Crime

Written by on July 7, 2016 in On Polygamy with 2 Comments

Whenever I am asked about my family, I take a deep breath, try not to pause for too long and then launch into a short explanation. I was born into a polygamous family and am the 23rd of 46 children. We were raised in an abusive household where many of us suffered physical, sexual and […]

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The Name

The Name

Written by on June 28, 2016 in My Short Stories with 0 Comments

Jon slid his arm across the bench seat of the Chevy Bel Air so that it rested along Joyce’s shoulder and neck. She relaxed a little under the weight of his arm, pressed against his thigh, their shoulders a finger width apart. He felt as if he was a counterweight, the force that kept her […]

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The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Written by on June 5, 2016 in My Short Stories with 0 Comments

I could tell that David had slept with her again last night. I tucked the sheets around her mattress and smoothed it until there wasn’t a single fold or wrinkle. The heavy blue quilt tugged against my efforts to get it up to the headboard. After I arranged the pillows, I folded the gray afghan […]

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Understanding the Magician Archetype

Understanding the Magician Archetype

Written by on January 27, 2016 in On Archetypes with 24 Comments

Introduction The Magician is an archetype associated with mystery, alchemy and transformation. In the shadow it can be used to deceive, distract and manipulate by altering perceptions of reality. The Magician has an innate relationship with potentiality and possibility. The Magician is a thinker, a weaver, a creator of sacred space, a visionary and an […]

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Unbroken

Unbroken

Written by on September 17, 2015 in On Reading with 0 Comments

Unbroken  by Laura Hillenbrand is the true story of a young boy named Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants, during the Great Depression, seems to be destined for a rough life. He is mischievous beyond the average kid and causes more trouble than his poor parents can handle. But Louie is also indomitable and […]

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Are you Inner Focused or Outer Focused?

Are you Inner Focused or Outer Focused?

Written by on January 22, 2014 in On Relationships

After having an interesting conversation with my son about the similarities and differences between himself and his siblings I noticed that people in general tend to be either inner focused or outer focused, with of course some folks falling right on the median line between the two. After thinking it through and talking to other […]

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Reflections on Gratitude

Reflections on Gratitude

Written by on November 24, 2013 in On Spirituality with 0 Comments

Every year when Thanksgiving comes around I consider again the meaning of gratitude. My thoughts about gratitude are not limited to a single time of year but Thanksgiving offers an opportunity to write about and share it during a time of year when we celebrate the goodness of life. So, what is gratitude? When people, […]

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