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Honor All Who Serve

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

HONOR ALL WHO SERVE Veterans Day holiday – formerly known as Armistice Day (so designated after “The Great War” or World War 1 in 1918) – was signed into being on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 years after the conclusion …

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Fae Ellsworth lives in Virgin, Utah, in the shadow of Zion National Park in a house she and her late husband, sculptor, Brent Gehring, built with their hands. She was born in Berkeley California into a bookish family. She was an English major at Brigham Young University and at age 50 returned to the ‘Y’ …

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Souls Unmasked

By Teresa Bruce

People are crying out here. And dying. Every day, precious new souls strap on tiny, frail bodies and scream at the unfairness of everything different — bright light, cold air, hunger, thirst, mess, texture, noise, pain… Meanwhile, every hour, other souls — too many just as young, some downright old, most in between — slip …

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End at Start, Light with Dark, Holiday or Ho Hum, Go and Come

By Teresa Bruce

The holiday season can be joyous, but it can also be jarring. Voices raise in harmonic “alleluias” or in discordant disagreements. Thoughtful, generous giving can elevate giver and receiver, but keeping-up with others’ expectations can break or badly bruise budgets. Family gatherings draw loved ones closer into togetherness … or conflict. Loneliness lengthens into life-altering …

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Taking the Name of God in Vain?

By Sandra Clark

I was brought up to never, ever “take the Lord’s name in vain.” As a kid growing up among peers with colorful language, my milquetoast exclamations made me feel like a Puritan. Oh my gosh. Dang it. Gosh dang it. But they were the only words that felt comfortable in my mouth. I got bolder as …

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Heaven, Help Us!

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

My husband Chris was in the midst of dying – neither of us knowing whether he would survive the wicked cancer that was growing in him or the barbaric-yet-cutting-edge surgery he faced to fix him. During that time I enjoyed the most transcendent, joyful hour or so of my life. It wasn’t euphoria – not …

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A Life Saving Moment

By Terresa Wellborn

I was deck side with my daughters, taking a break in the shade, when we heard the first screams. Little did we know, a day that started with pancakes and Uno would end in near death. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The end of the summer found us with our dear friends traveling to Downata Hot Springs, Idaho. The …

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Python Killed to Save Woman: newspaper headline

Python Killed to Save Woman newspaper headline When our pet python wrapped around me in the night, I remembered the biblical serpent out to trick, then destroy Adam and Eve. The trick: yellow jeweled skin, creamy as topaz, and ten coiling feet of “gentle disposition” according to the pet store, never mind the urine stink, …

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Easter Admission: Gratitude, Grief, and Ambivalence

By Teresa Bruce

Easter. The word tugs images and emotions from every layer of my memories. I encounter some stitched into the outer surfaces and unfold them with ease. Others, almost forgotten, require more effort to unravel; I’ve wrapped them up like heirlooms and tucked them away for safekeeping. An elusive few hide far behind their fellows, frayed …

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The Skull On the Table

By Claire Akebrand

The Skull on the Table * Bouquet of nothing in this vase ringed once with watery thoughts. * Someone emptied this glass but first someone filled it. * Seashell rustling of things washed away. * Sand at the bottom of an hourglass never to be turned again. * All this openness! One only had to …

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