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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
“The Mailbox” was a short black and white film produced by Brigham Young University back in the 1960’s. It told the story of a little old lady who lived alone in her quaint rural farm home. She and her husband had raised two children in the rustic little house that was set back from the tree-lined road several hundred feet.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 28, 2014
The origins of the Thanksgiving holiday go back to the very founding of the American republic. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are both credited with setting aside a national day of thanksgiving--Washington in 1789 and Lincoln in 1863. Ever since those times we have been expressing our gratitude for our many blessings.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
For as long as I can remember, the “Star-Spangled Banner” has held a prominent place in my church’s hymn book. It is more than simply a patriotic song. In its entirety it speaks not only of country but also of God and therefore naturally belongs with other sacred hymns. I have sung all three verses all of my life and therefore was surprised when I discovered that many Americans have never heard the second and third verses—and are even surprised to find out they even exist.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
I was fortunate, indeed, to land a job right out of college that took me all over Mexico from top to bottom and places in-between. I was charged with the supervision of ten primary schools scattered along the west coast and in southeastern Mexico. In several of those places my father had either supervised the construction of the schools, had purchased the properties or had built a nearby church.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 6, 2014
When my third grade teacher read us a story about the life of a giant redwood tree or sequoia, I was impressed. I was even more impressed many years later when I actually saw a giant redwood tree up close. Although the largest giant redwood in existence does not hold any records for being the oldest, tallest, or broadest tree in the world, nothing can match its sheer volume.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Posted October 31, 2014
In the early 1970’s affirmative action became the law of the land. In Austin, if you weren’t a minority female, you could forget about getting a good professional entry-level job. It was at that time that I exited the University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree. “We like your credentials and experience but…” Thus it went with job interview after job interview.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 • Posted October 24, 2014
I first became aware of Gene Fullmer at the ripe old age of twelve. I was attending a boxing event with a youth group at the Fair Grounds in Salt Lake City. One of my buddies pointed ringside and excitedly exclaimed, “There’s Gene Fullmer!” I stared blankly and asked, “Who’s Gene Fullmer?” Shortly after I first laid eyes on him, he won the world middleweight championship when he upset the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson by soundly winning a unanimous 15-round decision.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
I recently received a letter from my brother Jay R in which he reminisced about our years in Mexico: “On a trip to Torreon, Mom, Dad, Dale and I stopped at the usual restaurant, “Los Globos,” to eat. I always ordered the enchiladas suizas. I happened to be sitting near the very large plate-glass window that looked out on the street.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
As a consequence of my work with a private school system in Mexico, I was invited to attend a social function at the residence of the United States Ambassador to Mexico in Mexico City. It was a semi-formal affair attended by dignitaries not only from the American Embassy, multi-national banks, businesses and corporations, but also from many top-shelf Mexican entrepreneurial, social and political entities. Although decked out in my best freshly pressed business suit and power tie, I must admit ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
When my grandmother, Almeda Day, married my grandfather little did she realize that she would end up living in Mexico in a little Mormon settlement that banned the drinking of coffee. Well, she drank it anyway. My father said that when he was a little boy he would find her brewing coffee early each morning and never failed to warn her: “Grandma, that coffee will kill you!” “Well, she just wouldn’t listen,” he said.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
When I was in elementary school I enjoyed telling the story about the professor and the flea. The professor was studying the jumping ability of the flea. He set up an elaborate measuring device and then said to the flea, “Jump!” In his log book he wrote, “With all its legs the flea can jump 36 inches.” He pulled one leg off the flea and again gave the command, “Jump!” “With one leg missing,” he wrote, “the flea can jump 32 inches.” The good professor removed a third leg and ...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
As a college freshman I was introduced to the following short story in a sociology class. “Appointment With Love” by Sulamith Ish-Kishor was first published in 1943 during World War II. It is a romantic story about a young lieutenant and a lady who fall in love. The author shows that true love is possible between two people who have never met if they are able to trust their true inner feelings and instincts.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
When I moved to Texas in 1974 I needed an educational psychology class in order to obtain a Texas teaching certificate. On the first day of class one of the students referred to a passage in the Bible. The professor announced firmly that there were to be no references made to the Bible in that class.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
In the year 1847 it took Brigham Young and his advance party of pioneers 111 days to travel 1,031 miles from Winters Quarters, Nebraska, to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. In that party were 143 men, 3 women and 2 children. In the next two decades prior to the coming of the railroad in 1869, more than 70,000 brave souls would follow that same trail.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
I recently came across some biographies of some of my pioneer ancestors. They included a story about a Revolutionary War veteran who, in his old age, was driven from his home because of his religious beliefs. There was another soldier ancestor who, as a young unmarried man, took part in the longest infantry march in U.S.