My Facebook Life

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I know I need a Facebook break when I start believing everyone is having more fun than me. After scrolling through FB today, I realized I have the most boring life imaginable. Clearly, everyone I know is having an amazing summer. And, I am doing absolutely nothing fun or interesting. I see friends going to Broadway plays in New York City, playing on the beaches in Hawaii, touring Europe, and dancing at Taylor Swift concerts – on the front row, no less. I’m doing none of those … [Read more...]

A few good lessons from Disney’s “Inside Out”

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My friend Stacy sent me a copy of a blog about parenting that she recently read, loved and saved. The blog, written by Erin Stewart for the Deseret News was about how the new Disney Pixar movie, “Inside Out” sent her a wake-up call. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, “Inside Out,” it’s about a girl named Riley whose emotions are in a tailspin because her family is moving. Joy, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear battle it out trying to cope with the transition. Joy wants … [Read more...]

A Sixties Summer Romance

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I recently saw a news story about the history of Park Ro-She, an old swimming pool in my hometown. Salt Lake Tribune When I grew up in the sixties, my parents bought summer swim passes for us around Memorial Day and we spent every day at the Park Ro-She swimming pool until school started again at the end of August. Every day we hopped on our bikes, pedaled down Main Street to the pool, and stayed all day long. No sunscreen. No supervision. No organized swim team. Our … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day — Doug-as-Dad

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Happy Father's Day Doug. Here are 10 of my favorite Doug-as-Dad memories: 1. Just a few days after I had Sara, he swaddled her in what he called "The Torpedo Wrap" and took her to her first pediatrician appointment. He left me home to rest. I loved his confidence as he bundled her up and took her off to the doctor for her first check-up. 2. When Sara was a toddler, I went out of town for some meetings and Doug tried to do Sara's hair just like I would have done it. He worked hard to get … [Read more...]

Reimagining Life

Over the last few months, I've run into friends I haven't seen for years. These friends are my age or close to it, and I find myself awkwardly staring at them, thinking, "Are we really this old?" Don't get me wrong. We look good ... for our age. See, it's that last phrase that gets to me. As we get older, we say things like that because age has suddenly become an issue. I'm fine about getting older, it just surprises me sometimes. I talked to someone recently about a job … [Read more...]

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