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...]

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...]

A Visit to the Beauty Shop

When I was growing up, my mom went to the "beauty shop" every week to get her "hair done." That meant she went to Beth's, the neighborhood salon, and Beth shampooed, conditioned and towel-dried her hair. Then, she wrapped her wet hair around rollers, and sat her in a chair under a hooded hair dryer. Think Truvy in Steel Magnolias.   After sitting under the hair dryer, probably reading a romance novel, Beth styled mom's hair and sprayed enough hair spray on it to last for the next … [Read more...]

An Unforgettable Phone Call

We can probably all remember a phone call that changed our lives. One of those phone calls for me came 24 years ago today. It was a Sunday morning. I was at church, conducting a children's meeting. Doug came in, looking very somber, and motioned for me to come out into the hall. I instantly knew something was wrong. My mind quickly raced through the possibilities. I followed him out of the room, and we walked toward the Bishop's office. There was a heaviness in the room and a serious tone … [Read more...]

Writing it all down

It's New Year's Day 2016. I'm sitting on the couch thinking, "I should write a New Year's blog." Last year about this time, I wrote a blog called Blah-Grrr, which was less than inspiring, but it captured my mood at the time. This year, I want to write something BETTER, more MOTIVATIONAL, but I'm stuck. Hello Writer's Block. (The inability to tap into the writerly part of your brain where thoughts turn into words and sentences.) Part of the reason for this mental block is that I've set … [Read more...]