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Learning to Yell

November 16, 2014 | 8 comments
Learning to Yell

You probably think the title is a joke or some nice irony or a typo. It is not. It is not even a feminist manifesto about reclaiming my “voice.” This really is a story about me re-learning to yell. I used to yell. No problem. All I needed was a slight provocation Read more »

4 o’clock

October 20, 2014 | 10 comments
4 o’clock

A few years ago, my sister handed me a lumpy white envelope for Christmas. I opened it carefully, able to feel the jumble of small parts beneath my fingertips. Inside were perhaps 30 or 40 small, dark seeds. “Um. Cool,” I said, mystified. Read more »

GenConf–Saturday Morning

October 4, 2014 | 10 comments

President Eyring conducted the Saturday morning session. Direct quotations are in quotation marks (from my notes). Other text is my summary of what was said. Read more »

Isaiah 29:21

October 2, 2014 | 16 comments
Isaiah 29:21

A friend recently said she needs a “new approach” to studying the Book of Mormon. I’m not sure what her old approach was, Read more »

In Your Heart and Mind

September 11, 2014 | 9 comments

My son came stomping into the house from the garden a month ago, demanding I punish his sister, Read more »

The Un-Christian Juror

March 1, 2012 | 16 comments

I finished up my month of jury duty last fall. Yes, you read that right: a month of jury duty. As things settled back to my usual craziness, I decided that I was rather disturbed by my behavior. Read more »

Wacky, But True

January 23, 2011 | 108 comments

I collect two things: bookmarks and wacky, true sacrament meeting stories. Read more »

Battle Hymn, verse 4

July 6, 2010 | 26 comments

Last Sunday, we attended a family member’s baby blessing in a Spanish Ward in Utah. My rudimentary high school Spanish was no help at all. Read more »

Reincarnation, Mormon style

June 29, 2010 | 28 comments

In a PEW survey a few months back, 24% of American adults indicated that they believed in reincarnation (ie, that people will be reborn into this world again and again). Apparently many Christians don’t have a problem overlapping their Christianity with Eastern beliefs. Read more »

I’m Sick and Tired of December

December 6, 2009 | 43 comments

I’m not Scrooge and I’m not the Grinch, either—but December is enough to make me feel like one of those guys. It’s only December 6, and I’m feeling sick and tired of this month. Could we schedule anything else? Seriously. I cut back on parties and try to simplify, just like nice mommy articles suggest. I do. I make or buy four carefully chosen presents per child in pre-set categories, so I don’t overspend. I refuse every invitation I can. But what else are we going to cut? The first grade Gingerbread Man play, the Christmas piano recital, or... Read more »

Halloween Costumes and Inner Conflict

October 23, 2009 | 45 comments

Halloween scares me. Of course, I’m scared of lots of things—poverty, cancer, rape, gang violence, Satan, etc. I thought I should admit that up front.  Make of it what you will. Read more »

Christian Neighbors

October 7, 2009 | 14 comments

When my neighbor four-doors-down called last night and asked if I could take dinner to my neighbor three-doors-down, I said yes. I’m a Mormon mom: dinner for a single, middle-aged man is no problem. It was the circumstances that made me pause. Read more »

Conference Traditions

October 4, 2009 | 14 comments

My son was none-too-thrilled to realize last night that by next General Conference he will be twelve and *get* to go to a two-hour meeting with his dad. We thought that reviving my husband’s tradition Read more »


October 1, 2009 | 92 comments

Someone feels the need to tattle on us to the bishop every so often. Read more »

Rhetoric of Usefulness

September 10, 2009 | 24 comments

“Usefulness” was a coveted characteristic Read more »

Too Much Information

August 20, 2009 | 54 comments

My friend was recently invited to an LDS bridal shower, and the invitation came complete with the bride’s personal measurements and sizing. Call me old-fashioned, prudish, and conservative, Read more »

Selfishness Pays (Off)

August 13, 2009 | 36 comments

So, what with Utah’s poor Iowa Test scores, I’ve had a few people asking me how I turned all my children into such voracious little readers. “Did you read to them every day when they were little?” friends query. “Why, no. Of course not,” I respond. “I’m much too selfish for that.” Read more »

Scandalous Lyrics

June 11, 2009 | 44 comments

The 1980s hit “You’re the Inspiration” makes me think of metallic streamers, balloon arches, and poorly permed hair, Read more »

Mormon Manners

May 17, 2009 | 17 comments

Are good manners gospel? I’m wondering Read more »

Contentment in Mothering

May 8, 2009 | 15 comments

My mom sent me an LDS mothering book on contentment for a Mother’s Day present. (Yeah, I know. What’s my mom doing sending me a present for Mother’s Day? She’s really awesome like that.) I’m on chapter three and not particularly loving it, but Read more »

Strawberries on Sale? How to . . .

May 1, 2009 | 15 comments

“Make Strawberry Wine” (Woman’s Exponent, “Household Hint,” May 1, 1873) Read more »


April 3, 2009 | 42 comments

I’ll be attending a wedding later today. The couple will be married in the church, and a new baby will be joining them somewhat sooner than later. For a faithful LDS family, this is difficult. Read more »

A Tender Mercy

March 25, 2009 | 29 comments

My 13-year-old daughter came down with Bell’s Palsy last weekend. I was reeling a bit from the diagnosis Read more »

When Woman Means Man

March 18, 2009 | 32 comments

When I was growing up, “woman” meant “woman” and “man” meant “human.” Or “man.” Depending on the context. Read more »