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To Blave

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I know we’ve been talking about romantic love a lot recently (always?), but I want to take this moment to s...

The Midbest

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Until very recently, I had little to do with the online phenomenon of good Mormon writers, primarily women,...

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

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In the old days, people put their trees up much later than they do now. My family put it up the week before...

We recommend you use a nickel

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Levi and I—we’re tired. For the first time since we’ve been married, we’re having a hard time reaching cons...

Glad we did it

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I’ve heard it from a lot of people: at some point in your marriage, you aren’t going to feel the same you d...

Immigrants and In-Laws

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Back in October 1997, my older sister Cheryl went on a blind date. That blind date ended with plans for a s...

More January Thoughts

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Notice how the gypsy is a crone and the woman who wants her fortune told is young. Gahan Wilson, the cartoo...

A Letter to My 17-Year-Old Self

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I remember you, Louise Roos, Loesje, Weezie, Lulu, Rooster. I remember you by all of your names even from t...

Last week my 17-year-old sister said to me, “Today is one of those days when I feel like I can’t see through to the end of eleventh grade.”

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One day when I was 17 and in eleventh grade, during orchestra class, I went into the music office, called m...

Git’r done

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What is manliness? Some of you (including some of the men) aren’t sure. Fortunately, you are reading this p...