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Agency and Stewardships Challenged by Dementia

By Karen Austin

My children have six living grandparents whose ages range from 79 to 87. I am glad that we have our parents and my stepparents as part of our extended family; however, it’s difficult to watch them face age-related challenges: limited income, problems with communication such as vision and hearing, multiple chronic disease such as arthritis …

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An Interview with Louise and Tom Plummer

By Shelah Miner

From the Archives (January 11, 2011): SEVERAL MONTHS AGO I emailed Louise Plummer to see if I could interview her and her husband, Tom, for our “Inside and Outside Marriage” issue. “Sure,” she responded, “but I’ll tell you right now, I’m not sure how much truth you’ll get out of us.” I was intrigued because …

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2021 Fall Poetry

phototropism   peat moss swells with water ready for new life seeds are placed, labeled carefully   a lesson from the year of twelve yellow tomato plants left to rest. no light needed   little sprouts begin to appear a wisp of green surrounded by darkness   sprouts grow until they are ready for a …

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Witnessing the Work of Grandmothers

By Karen Austin

As a college student, I noted the work of grandmothers when my Grandma Viola (Hanks Dick Hemming) would mail me a dozen of her famous raisin-filled cookies that were inexplicably fresh and delicious despite the journey from Rexburg to Provo. During that same time, I watched my Grandmother Dorene (Layne Peterson Webb) cook amazing dinners …

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Mine is a Home

The author of today’s post lives in the Mountain West with her family.

The first priesthood blessing I remember receiving occurred when I was nearly ten years old. I was going to get my tonsils out the next day, so my mom had asked our home teachers to give me a blessing. That night we had been attending a program at the elementary school and it was easier to just take care of it afterwards. I can recall sitting on a cool metal folding chair in a small room just off the cafeteria while hands were placed on my head. I can’t recall anything that was said, what my home teachers’ names were, or even what they looked like. My family only lived in that small town for a few years before moving away, and I have few memories of the people we knew at the time.

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A Visitation with Crystal Despain

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Segullah’s journal has the pleasure to highlight the works of one of our 2019 Visual Art Contest winners, Crystal Despain. Crystal’s vibrant and shimmering painting “Visitation” stunned us with its luminosity, implied action and technical skill. Here’s our conversation with Crystal about being an artist and a Segullah sister. Segullah: Welcome, Crystal! It’s an honor …

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Home Bittersweet Home

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

strawberry rhubarb pie

Recently my two sisters and a niece – all from the Midwest – were with me at my Utah home. We had great adventures – dodging rainstorms at the Park City Art Fair, visiting the Springville Art Museum, feasting on tasty meals in local venues and attending a soggy but exuberant concert at Dear Valley’s Amphitheater in the “cheap” seats (low lawn chairs in the far, far back – too far away to see the stage or even the huge monitors). We also  had comfortable downtime while we sat near each other, checking our various devices and watching HGTV together.

We shared silence and caught up on everyone’s families and explored contemporary topics and laughed over decades old memories in vivid detail as if they’d happened yesterday

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Welcome to My Home

By Jessie Christensen

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well and spent most of the day binge-watching the latest season of Queer Eye on Netflix. The show always gets me thinking about my life and seeking help with a bankruptcy cases and whether it is working for me, and while I would never want to be on television, the idea …

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Mixed-Type Relationships and Resistance to Family Time

By Karen Austin

Trying to promote family unity often feels like I’m a drum major, gleefully leading the marching band down a parade route, only to turn around and find that the other members of my family have dispersed among the crowd. You see, I live with introverts who crave alone time and prefer one-person projects. They have …

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Not Every Shot Will be a Slam Dunk

By Jessie Christensen

I never thought I’d have a spiritual experience at a pep rally. Then I had an epiphany last month during a performance by the university’s dunk team. A group of athletes brought out several trampolines and mats, placed them just in front of the basketball hoops, turned on some heart-pumping music, and began doing tricks. …

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