That Time I worked for the President

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At this time of the American Presidential Inauguration, and since the hospitalization of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, I have been reminiscing about the privilege I had to work as the communications director for the Bush ‘41 Presidential Inauguration. I remember standing on the lawn of the flag-draped U.S. Capitol when he said he wanted his first official act as President to be offering a prayer for the nation. With cameras rolling and the world watching, he asked God to make us strong to do … [Read more...]

A thing or two about aging…

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A blog post about aging has been swirling in my head for awhile. I've resisted writing about it -- and really thinking about it --because, well, it makes me feel old. And, feeling old is not very fun. I'm telling you, if you don't feel old yet, it's coming. One day, you'll look at a picture of yourself that say, your daughter posts on Facebook, and you'll pull away from the screen in shock. You'll hear yourself say, "Is that me? Is that really what I look like?" Then, you'll stare at it … [Read more...]

Parable of the Red Kitchen Aid

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“It’s enough for me – my life. It’s enough” I read that line in a beautiful book, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I stopped reading immediately and wrote down that line on a piece of paper. “It’s enough for me – my life. It’s enough.” Don’t you love that sentiment? It made me put down a very good book because I wanted to remember that one line. My life really is enough for me. In fact, it’s more than enough. But sometimes I let the things I want overshadow what I have. I … [Read more...]

Gratitude 2016

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So it's Thanksgiving eve. Our tables are set. Pie crusts are baked and ready to fill. Turkeys are in the fridge ready to be roasted. And, snow is swirling outside. For the first time in over 30 years, we are ready for a Utah Thanksgiving with our families, including our two daughters. Our son-in-law Josh is in basic combat training for the Army, learning tactical and survival skills, along with how to rappel, march, and shoot. When we see him at Christmas, he will be a trained … [Read more...]

Proud to be an American

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Hoping to beat the crowds, I went to the polls this morning about 6:30. There was already a long line. Despite the fact I wasn't happy with my choices, I was struck by the beauty of the experience. I get to vote. I get a say.   I was standing across the aisle from a soldier and his wife. He was dressed in his military uniform -- physically fit, handsome, and calm. His calm really struck me.   Finally I said quietly, "Who do you want to be your Commander-in-Chief?" "I'm in … [Read more...]