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Texts from my Future Self

Gary and I were watching this webTV series a few weeks ago, justĀ a couple of episodesĀ so I don’t know how it ends (it got a little edgy for me). Anyway, in it, the ever-darling Shiri Appleby is in a lame relationship. She is in the process of inventing a smart phone app that lets a […]

Freedom!

On the 4th of July I met with all the Stewarts for the annual Stewart Family Gathering. We were in Utah and my youngest uncle (just a few years my senior) and his wife (same age as my husband–that’s a big Mormon family for ya) and a cousin (just a couple of years older than […]

This could be entertainment at your next bar mitzvah in Blackfoot.

Spuds and Sumo

So I finally signed up for Pinterest, and I’ve been doing a sumo page. It helped me stumble onto this gem of a site: http://usasumorevolution.com/ Did you know there was a sumo association in eastern Idaho? Neither did I. Perhaps you’re reading this blog from the comfort of your living room in the Snake River […]

A Few Tastes of Old Mexico

So, my babysitter of eight years and the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen has just celebrated her one year anniversary of marrying her husband Hector. Congratulations, Britlyn. You’ve saved my sanity on so many levels so many times. Every mother needs a Britlyn. I wish every frazzled mom out there some darling tweenager who […]

Joann's lovely book--30 years of research in this!

A Good Problem to Have

The other day was my dad’s birthday. I sent him a book, of course. Oh, and some balsa wood planes. Those are fun. I sent him Joann Mortensen’s biography of her great-great grandfather King Follett. My dad’s a retired history teacher, so he loves a good biography. And this one is. Anyway, we were on […]

Change Your Point of View

Somewhere in one of the songs on my running MP3 there’s a line, “change your point of view.” It might be in “Man in the Mirror.” No, I am not running very fast. And I’m proud of it. Anyway, as I’m prepping for this big rewrite of my NaNo novel, I got an idea about […]

Meridian Magazine -- Latter-day Saints Shaping their World

Meridian Article Posted

Just felt glad to have my article posted in Meridian, an online magazine. It’s my third article for them this year, and it’s pretty exciting. My cool friend Erin McBride has been helping funnel my work onto that site, and I really appreciate her. She’s quite the amazing girl–so accomplished and so well-spoken. Her political […]

Bug Ingestion & Other Healthy Habits for Writers

This morning marks the first scorpion of the spring. Indoor scorpion, that is. Ugh. This came after my morning run when I was zipping along the rural road smelling the fresh mown hay and accidentally ingested a little bug. Delicious. However, the chance to smell the cut alfalfa was worth it. I’d eat two bugs […]

“Writers Unite to Fight Cancer” Writing Contest Opens! Check it Out!

A writing friend of mine has started this fantastic group to help raise funds for cancer research. She’s involving lots of authors and writers, and they’ve started a writing contest this year. It’s legit. Sharpen your pencils and enter! This is a great cause, and a win will look fabulous on a query letter. Go […]