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Taj Mahal

March 21, 2017 — "It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him." — Joseph Heller, "Catch 22" I first arrived at "the blues" in its more primitive non-jazz form through my brother McGee and the countercultural coterie […]

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Blowing away our chances

March 21, 2017 — During my tenure as a Park City resident, I've often heard some iteration of the following: "There are too many people in town! Please stop advertising how great Park City is!" It's usually uttered in a moment of frustration — when the lift lines are […]

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Wonderful spring

March 17, 2017 — This weather is very strange. It's been as high as 60 degrees at my house, and often isn't freezing at night. It's an indication of the snow depth that all this warm weather hasn't melted things back much. There are no bare spots in the […]

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Baskets and brackets

March 14, 2017 — The pressure is mounting! Brackets have to be filled out by Thursday morning and chunks of change are on the line. This year, out here where the states are square and oftentimes trapezoidal, the Southwestern Regional seems to be garnering more than its usual share […]

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Fact or fiction?

March 14, 2017 — I'll be the first to admit I spend far too much time online. A good portion of it is job related: I'm responsible for knowing what is trending and being able to respond to it; both in this opinion column and in my real, "big […]

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Not ready for self-driving cars

March 10, 2017 — I traded cars a few months ago. The old one was a criminal VW diesel. I absolutely loved it. It was fun to drive, got 50 miles to a gallon, and if that weren't enough, it was paid for. But it had deep secrets. Apparently […]

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No book signing planned

March 10, 2017 — Admittedly, the question caught me off guard. And I have been turning it over in my head for weeks now. It started at an intermission, when a man I have known for years, but not well, came walking toward me with the playbill in his […]

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Throwing stones in glass coffee shops

March 7, 2017 — A few days ago I met a friend for coffee in a very small and very packed little place. She's one of those people who always has fascinating life updates, the kind that can rarely be covered in the time it takes to finish a […]

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Revolutionary acts

March 7, 2017 — The question of whether or not I could write a piece concerning contemporary art or culture that would stand outside and not necessarily be influenced by the current political context has been crossing my mind of late. Another question gnawing at that very same withering […]

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Tear down this wall

March 3, 2017 — The Legislature has spent an inordinate amount of time this session on the future of the "Zion Curtain." It's a perennial distraction. It used to really bother me, but I've come to the conclusion that there's some benefit in them having an issue they care […]

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What it took to rise

March 3, 2017 — What I miss the most about the '70s is Tommy. And not caring if I wore a bra or not, because those perky little twins could stand up on their own then. I miss the music and lack of cell phones and the days before […]

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Unprecedentedly surreal

February 28, 2017 — Every year, editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary select a word of the year. They award one word this top honor based on a variety of factors, from a spike in online searches to pop-culture vernacular to its frequent use in news headlines. The word of the […]

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Interdisciplinary studies

February 28, 2017 — "I like to watch!" — Chauncey Gardner Admittedly, there were a few contributing factors that kept me couch-bound in front of the tube with gizmo in hand this past Sunday. The usual suspects, sloth and melancholy, of course, played a role, but an occasion to […]

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Pave the Bears Ears

February 24, 2017 — Outdoor Retailer convention has pulled out of Utah and is looking for a new home. It's a threat they have been making for several years, and finally made good on it. The principle they were defending is important, and the move is something they should […]

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Without a net

February 24, 2017 — When you start to be "woke," the universe sometimes lines up. It's so obvious you have to laugh … After you've cried. At my work this week — which involves presenting all forms of the lively performing arts — we had a circus without animals: […]

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Howling with the wolves

February 21, 2017 — It had all the trappings of a town hall meeting that would be even more raucous than the Jason Chaffetz affair. This one would showcase subtle notes of deportations and border walls not to mention to-go bags from Red Iguana strewn about the Green Room. […]

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Thumbs down for no heads up

February 21, 2017 — If you spend enough time in a hospital, you'll eventually hear a page over a loudspeaker that goes something like this: "Trauma one, ETA five minutes." This advanced warning allows the medical team to get in place and prepare for what's to come. The announcements […]

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Deja vu all over again

February 17, 2017 — I was one of the panelists on a program put on by The Project for Deeper Understanding last week. It sounds deeply cosmic, but was really a group of elected officials, the City and County Managers, the County Economic Development Director, and for some reason, […]

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Turning more than a page

February 17, 2017 — Restless. This time of year, when the days start stretching a bit longer and light returns to early evenings, I feel myself wanting change. My cozy home that warms me during the coldest winter days and nights seems terribly small and, at once, too large […]

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Out-of-state radicals

February 14, 2017 — Although I knew well in advance that a representative quorum of friends was heading down to Brighton High School last Thursday to, hopefully, engage with the honorable Jason Chaffetz over a wide variety of issues at his Town Hall gathering, I never really made an […]

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