Waiting in Line for Beginners


There’s something about standing in line for ungodly hours at a time that reminds me of my time in Hungary in the mid-nineties. I was just coming out of High School with it’s bullies and apathetic teachers, while Hungary was just getting out of the murderous grip of communist Russia. We understood each other pretty well. At one point during my ...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Autism


Yesterday, I sat in a meeting at my school with the principal, a speech pathologist, two school councilors and my youngest son’s kindergarten teacher as we discussed George’s (my son’s)  situation. Some months earlier, we had been advised by his teacher, his therapist and even his dentist that we should have him “checked” due to unusual behavior. The school offered several ...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About a Sense of Humor


I walked into my kid’s kindergarten class to read to them, and saw their faces light up. “Knock Knock” was my opening line. Not “Hi, kids!” or “Who’s ready to read?” I opened with a joke. Do you know why? Because every one of those kids were ready to laugh. They wanted to laugh, they needed to laugh. Joy was so ...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Grief


Grief is one of those topics that nobody wants to talk about. We talk about it often on this blog because when someone goes through it, it helps to know they are not alone. No matter how much we realize that it is inevitable, death always seems to take us by surprise. Regardless if it is an expected or unexpected ...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ADHD


It’s fun to blame losing concentration on your imaginary Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). At least it’s easier to say that than “What you’re talking about is really boring, and I tuned you out until I thought you were done talking.” Also, when people have a debate of the authenticity of ADD or ADHD, it’s ...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Color Blindness


When I was a teenager, I remember going into the doctor’s office and he did all of the regular tests to ensure I was a healthy teenage boy. Reach for this, react to that, pull down this, turn down your head, cough. You know, the usual stuff. Then, he pulled out the flash cards and told me to read the ...

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Nose Wax?


The following events may have been exaggerated for the purpose of getting a laugh. When you think of body waxing, few and far between are those who think “Hey, what a great idea! Let’s make an afternoon of it! While we’re at it, let’s get a root canal and a colonoscopy!” Fewer are the men who get a waxing while ...

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Fresh Strawberry Bread


It’s spring, and that means one thing in our house: Kick the kids out the front door and don’t let them back in until the monsters come out! It also means strawberry season, and in our home, that’s a big deal. You see, I love me some good, old fashioned strawberry bread. What’s that, you say? Of course you’ve heard ...

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Love Utah, Give Utah


Being a born and bred Utahn (or Utard, as my brothers-in-law from Wyoming affectionately call me), I’ve seen some pretty awesome things here in my home state. Being brought up in a largely Catholic neighborhood among a heavily LDS (Mormon) culture, I had a unique experience watching how things were done from an outsider perspective. Both the ups and downs, ...

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Stuffed Mushrooms Made Easy


There’s nothing like a stuffed mushroom as a side or as an hors d’oeuvre. It’s one of those things where I’m not sure if etiquette dictates that I should eat it in two or three dainty bites during polite banter with my fellow party goers or simply hunch protectively over the plate like Gollem, shoving them in my mouth handfulls at ...

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