Help Me Solve a Family Mystery

This is going to be an usual blog post for me. It's a plea for help with a family puzzle. Here's the thing... I have spent a good chunk of my adult life trying to solve a vexing family mystery. This beautiful woman is my Grandma Snow, my dad's mom. We thought we knew her well until her death in 1991 when we found out she was adopted. My aunts found a family history document in the lining of her dresser drawer that had the word "adopted" scrawled next to her name. Adopted? Why didn't we … [Read more...]

Unpack Your Bags

In one of our women's meetings at church, our teacher brought in a suitcase and rolled it around the room. She asked, "How many of you have unpacked your bags?" She confessed that she has lived here for years and never mentally or emotionally unpacked her bags. She said when we don't unpack our bags, we live with one foot out the door.  I wasn't the only woman in the room thinking,"This lesson is for me." I heard women whispering, "This is for me." And saw others nodding their heads as if it … [Read more...]

Forgive me Dad

Dear Dad, I owe you an apology. Remember after I moved to Washington, and every time I talked to you, you said, "When are you moving back to Utah?" I remember when you finally stopped asking me that. It was after one of your visits to Washington, and, at last, you seemed to understand why I loved living in D.C. We were standing at a busy intersection in Georgetown, and you said, "I can see why you love it here. This is your kind of place. You really are a city girl." So, now that I am … [Read more...]

Blue Mind Magic

I usually try to write blogs based on what causes an emotional reaction in me. So, you'd think that being at the warm, sunny beach in February would trigger a lot of emotions. The problem is that the calming effects of the ocean lull me into a kind of beach bliss -- such a subdued, satisfied, relaxed state of happy -that I can't muster the mental energy to write a coherent blog. If you're a beach lover, you know that a physical change takes place in us when we're near the wide expanse of the … [Read more...]

That Time I worked for the President

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...]