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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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We are water

January 10, 2017 — So what if yesterday’s snow has turned to glop. Thawing will do that! It’s hard to teach old molecules new tricks unless, of course, you sidle right up to them and imply a bit of heat. Nature infers, therefore it is. I’m not going to […]

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Sundance circles

January 10, 2017 — It’s not unusual for me to admit (somewhat exasperated) that I’ve spent an obscene amount of time “walking around in circles.” This usually comes after being insanely busy for a stretch of time, yet having very little to show for it. I’ll feel like I’ve […]

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I think it might snow

January 6, 2017 — It’s been a bit “weathery” here. Last winter felt substantial because it was approaching “normal” after years of sub-par performance. This year is well ahead of normal, whatever that might actually mean, and I’ve kind of forgotten what a heavy winter can do. I’ve been […]

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The game is afoot

January 3, 2017 — “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” —Richard P. Feynman It’s not that everything about me lacks organization, but I suppose the case could be made. Take my bookshelves – please! Sorry, couldn’t resist an early-morning […]

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Behind the times

January 3, 2017 — The first week of any new year tends to be filled with hope, optimism and a sense of confidence that comes when we convince ourselves a new calendar somehow equates to a better version of ourselves. I’ve made countless New Year’s resolutions over the past […]

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Keep on digging

December 30, 2016 — Let’s start with a big “hats off” to Park City Municipal, Summit County and UDOT for the way they managed the big Christmas Day storm. It came in as rain, froze, and then delivered nearly record-breaking snowfall. It was a formula for a roadway disaster. […]

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Cheers to the year ahead

December 30, 2016 — Personally, I would never wish an entire year away. So many good and great things happened in small ways this year in my life that I don’t want to anger the gods by not acknowledging them. That seems foolhardy. For the first time, in oh […]

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I’m holding

December 27, 2016 — It’s an expression from the ‘60s. “I’m holding” meant that you, at any particular point in time, had in your possession the building blocks required to enhance the moment. Back then, it could have meant anything from tickets to an upcoming Jimi Hendrix show to […]

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DNA and DVDs

December 27, 2016 — My role in my family is not that of the family historian. Given I can barely remember last month, I am certainly not the one charged with passing down generations of stories and recalling the lore of my great, great grandfather’s uncle Horace, who allegedly […]

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Merry Christmas

December 23, 2016 — So here it is. Christmas. Through one of those Christmas miracles, we got a big snow storm (with a big rain storm as the opening act) just in time to get things opened up. There may be a closed run or two, and possibly even […]

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And to all a good night

December 23, 2016 — This year the holidays arrived late for me, just this week to be exact. I no longer have relatives in other states needing gifts to arrive “on time.” My grandkids are teens not toddlers, so those magical visits to Santa and “The Nutcracker” have no […]

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Dear Mr. President

December 20, 2016 — So, President Obama, we seem to be running out of time here. The changing of the guard is nigh. It’s looking very much like the clone of Prince John will soon be reassuming the throne and that the Sheriff of Nottingham and his band of […]

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Tears and cheers

December 20, 2016 — I’m not a big fan of people who mope, moan, complain and otherwise feel sorry for themselves. If you think your glass is half full, pour it in a smaller glass and stop whining. Given my rather limited patience for a pouter, I put a […]

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Our new transit center: Don’t sell the car just yet

December 16, 2016 — The County was proud to open their new Kimball Junction Transit Center. It’s at the worst intersection in the county, which somehow made it a logical place to add bus traffic. Since it is extremely unlikely most of you will ever see the inside of […]

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