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Conference calling

September 27, 2016 — This weekend Mormons from around the world gathered for the faith’s 186th General Conference. Spoiler alert: I didn’t attend. But I did catch some news coverage of the event. And from what I read, it doesn’t seem like much has changed in the last 186 […]

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The tango

September 27, 2016 — “It’s like a beaver’s teeth – he has to chew or else his jaws lock shut.” ~ Wallace Stegner Wow, the debate just ended! And, in retrospect, I‘m not really all that sure that continuing the booze-fast, which began on a red-eye out of Lihue […]

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Ups and downs for a new Park City driver

September 26, 2016 — After 10 long years of taking the bus and having to be driven everywhere, I can proudly say those days are over. Last month, I finally got my driver’s license and a few weeks later, I got my own car. My dad and I went […]

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Reasons to vote this year

September 23, 2016 — The stench of the presidential election has overwhelmed the rest of the election cycle. The first big televised debate is coming up Monday. I’m doing the only responsible thing, and going so deep into Canyonlands that I’m completely out of range of it. Just in […]

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Fair weather fan

September 20, 2016 — The bad guys are coming to town and, if karma maintains any validity at all, they’re going to get their heads handed to them on a silver platter. That’s right, the dark side, the evil empire, those with neither portfolio nor bonafides, will soon be […]

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Parental privacy

September 20, 2016 — I have often said (in jest) that “people without kids make the best parents.” It’s common for people to judge and to give advice on topics they know very little about. If the internet is any indication there are millions of childless parenting experts, willing […]

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Moving history

September 16, 2016 — It was maybe 30 years ago when I got up and drove to Salt Lake in the middle of the night so I could be there to watch the Hotel Newhouse implode. The Newhouse was a beautiful old hotel on the corner of Fourth South […]

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Heartbreak at Treasure Mountain Junior High and throughout Park City

September 16, 2016 — This past week has been full of heartbreak and loss for the residents of Park City. The deaths of two local students were sudden and unexpected. Both were 13 years old and attended Treasure Mountain Junior High. Not only were they in the same grade […]

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With heavy hearts…

September 16, 2016 — First, we grieve. Two young boys, friends just 13, died here this week, days apart. They enjoyed their skateboards and dirt bikes and stuff newly teenage boys enjoy. They did not die from a car crash or a fire or a terminal illness. They died […]

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Lauer-ing the bar

September 13, 2016 — Last week NBC hosted a dry run of sorts for the upcoming presidential debates. The Commander In Chief Forum should have given the voting public some confirmation regarding which candidate is best qualified to be America’s next leader. Unfortunately, the only thing it confirmed was […]

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Whole cloth and familiar refrains

September 13, 2016 — It’s Sept. 11, and I find myself up earlier by at least a cup of Joe than what has marked for the past few weeks my normal Hawaiian-time rising. Long shadows from coconut palm and ironwood stretch across the broad green yard-like expanse between where […]

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The hornets are back

September 9, 2016 — So that’s it. Summer is done. We’re into real fall colors and cold nights. Equinox is only a couple of weeks away. This is a wonderful time of year here. The chaos that has come to define the summer months is over. The crowds are […]

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Oddities create the strongest relations

September 9, 2016 — It was rather peculiar the way it worked out. That I would be sitting in a sidewalk cafe in the Sugarhouse area, in the afternoon with my youngest grandchild — the 12-year-old who is attending West High — but then, Axel is kinda a peculiar […]

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A Miner in history

September 6, 2016 — When I was a kid and I used to gripe about chores or homework or anything I found remotely unfair or uninteresting, one of my parents would inevitably tell me, “You think you’ve got it tough? Go read a history book.” It was their way […]

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Heartbeats of Heber and Hanalei

September 6, 2016 — Dateline: “Mahamoku,” Hanalei, north shore Kauai. According to the “Historic Hawaii Foundation,” its’s a “one-and-a-half story wood frame L-shaped beach house with high pitch-gable roof, a deep lanai that faces Hanalei Bay, and interior Craftsman design elements.” It’s actually much, much more. Built in 1914 […]

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Buying Bonanza Flats

September 2, 2016 — The City Council has decided to put a bond election on the ballot for November. They are looking for $25 million to buy Bonanza Flats from the consortium of lenders who foreclosed on Tallisker. It’s an interesting idea. Bonanza Flats is some very pretty alpine […]

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Fall-ing

September 2, 2016 — I missed a lot of weather growing up — and wildlife. I remember mostly squirrels and pigeons. There must have been all kinds of critters and birds and coyotes (and god knows what else) all around me but I was really only aware of domesticated […]

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Vegetable healing

August 30, 2016 — My dad is not what you would call progressive. He’s a salt of the earth, steak and potatoes, black and white Midwesterner. Tailgates on Saturdays, church on Sundays. My dad thinks yoga, meditation and Facebook are for “those people in California who wear Birkenstocks” and […]

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The Speyside spirit world

August 30, 2016 — So there I was, wandering up and down the “spirit” aisles at the local Costco over here on Kauai looking for something of the “blended” Scotch-whisky persuasion when my sister, a longtime local in these parts, sort of nudged me toward a particular “single malt” […]

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Dead car walking

August 26, 2016 — I usually like to keep a car for a long time. Not until it rusts away in the driveway, but typically 150,000 miles, sometimes a little more if it is still holding together. I also take reasonably good care of them with regular oil changes […]

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