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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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Headlines and humiliation

February 14, 2017 — In less than one week, the state of Utah accumulated more national front page headlines and top story statuses than it did snowfall. First, there was the town hall with congressman Jason Chaffetz, who took a page out of Sean Spicer’s playbook and offered alternative […]

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Too soon for spring fever

February 10, 2017 — Some days you just never know. I got up and started working on this column on my usual schedule. The computer screen was very blank, and staring at it for a long time didn’t change things, nor did a couple of games of free cell. […]

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The art of making art (apologies to Sondheim)

February 10, 2017 — Whatever understandings I absorbed first about how to present the arts came from Georgia O’Keeffe and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the late ‘90s, about a decade after her death at 98, I attended a weeklong workshop at St John’s College in Santa Fe presented […]

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World Cup runneth over

February 7, 2017 — Last weekend there was a lot of loud talk about Americans, the Chinese, Russians, Australians and Canadians. The chatter included a mixture of cheers, tears, thunderous applause, utter despair and even some baffled by what had just happened. It had nothing to do with the […]

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A brave new world

February 3, 2017 — I can’t quite get my head around Trump as president yet. He won, despite the Democrats getting 3 million people to rise from the dead to help Hillary win the popular vote. It was an amazing conspiracy, but apparently the dead people all voted in […]

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Sick of sick

February 3, 2017 — I was feeling a bit cocky, I admit it. Friends were falling in December and the first part of January with various versions of what we once just called a cold. And I was exceedingly healthy. Full of energy. Getting stuff done. Daily. I woke […]

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Uncle Scram

January 31, 2017 — There are many, many Sunday nights I open a Word document on my laptop and stare at the blinking cursor, willing it to move. I have no topic, no idea what to type, no words to fill this space in the paper. That’s usually when […]

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The fake faux alternative post-truth universe

January 31, 2017 — “Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts.” — Bob Dylan Obviously, having gone through the LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and both Bush administrations, the landscape of “post-truth” is somewhat familiar territory. Certainly nowhere near the extremes that Idiot Wind and his […]

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Shouldn’t all pictures be moving?

January 27, 2017 — It has been a dizzying week. It is easy to listen to friends’ stories and feel like I haven’t measured up to the pack. I can’t say I saw dozens of films in a very few days or attended as many gatherings day and night […]

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Reaching the breaking point

January 27, 2017 — Well, that was interesting. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a major snow storm during Sundance. In fact, it’s been so long that we all believed we had it all figured out. We thought we could manage the traffic perfectly, because we are […]

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The right to protest

January 24, 2017 — Last Saturday, I was one of the estimated 8,000 people who gathered at the top of Main Street to march for women’s rights. Though I would have gone even if I hadn’t been paid to be there, I was actually covering the event for a […]

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The new circus comes to town

January 20, 2017 — News came this week that the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus is going out of business. The three-ring circus shows have been around for 146 years, featuring acts with elephants, tigers, bears and other animals. Part of their decline in sales was attributed to protests […]

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The way we really were

January 20, 2017 — I heard a sound bite this week that made me pause and laugh and realize I have lived through a lot of film festivals here. The comment was something like, “I really do enjoy the festival. I just wish it was some other time of […]

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Dancing in the Streets

January 17, 2017 — I’m all in a tizz! The place is in shambles. Overturned drawers are strewn about while specimens of headwear now rest where they have been flung. They didn’t make “the cut.” It seems the “Women’s March on Main” this upcoming Saturday has a sort of, […]

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Accidental author

January 17, 2017 — I never really set out to be an author. Most weeks, all I can do is string together 700 words for this column — so typing out roughly 70,000 was overwhelming. But a few years ago it seemed like the universe was sending me messages. […]

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Donner Party redux

January 13, 2017 — The reports of cannibalism in my neighborhood are, at least so far, unsubstantiated. But I’m taking no chances and locking the doors at night. There are a couple of neighbors who are conspicuously absent. Their immediate neighbors, who look rather well-fed under these conditions, say […]

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Crack the spine divine

January 13, 2017 — It is rare for me to finish a book, want to return to the start, and immediately reread it. That isn’t to say there aren’t books I love to reread. “Dandelion Wine” at the start of a summer. “To Kill a Mockingbird” any time. But […]

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