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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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Post-Mission, Not My Baby Anymore

By Karen Austin

I sobbed after dropping of my son at the MTC in July of 2017. I was not just grieving his absence for the upcoming 24 months. I was noting the end of his childhood. Mothers of previously returned missionaries informed me, “When they return, they are a different person.” Thomas Wolfe is oft quoted as …

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Broken Pattern — If Only You Knew: A Laugh or Cry Look

By Teresa Bruce

My phone fought me first. It froze me out, cut me off, and refused to respond. It couldn’t have curtailed communications any better if it had been thrown into a pond by Sun Tzu. Meanwhile, my washing machine wobbled its way into the rebellion. It acted out by spinning tales of trust instead of laundry. …

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A Force of Nature: an interview with artist Emily Fox King

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Segullah: Welcome, Emily! I love your exuberant paintings, and I’m thrilled to find out about you – the creator of these impressive works. Fill us in a little on your background and what fuels your creative zeal. Emily: I’ve always made work about my life. In my early 20’s I painted overweight and fat ballerinas, …

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Waving Wildly While Making a Joyful Noise

By Teresa Bruce

When the music paused, I swiveled around — not easy in jeans on the plush, cushioned seat — to see how many sisters filled the Relief Society room behind me. The Tuesday night turnout compared to summer Sundays when folks travel, a respectable, sociable showing. I smiled at teenage young women and not-so-young women and …

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February 2018 Editorial and Table of Contents

By Sandra Clark

I appreciate that last month of winter starts with humor. Groundhog’s Day will always be funny to me. The pomp and circumstance for the giant rodent are just laughable. Even if he’s on the money about winter ending or extending another six weeks (as he indicated this year), I wonder, how did we come to …

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Irreverence

By Sandra Clark

Author: Margaret Everton. This prose piece was first published in 2011 as a contest honoree.      “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.” —Mark Twain   I FEEL THE TAUT STILLNESS in my two young children and even in my husband, like the dry, silent crackle before thunder: the desire to laugh. The …

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Sugar: The Mormon Drug of Choice

By Terresa Wellborn

Lets talk about addiction on this page now. As Halloween approaches, what more perfect time to explore the sordid world of LDS sugar addiction than now? Mormons excel at sugar worship. It’s not only a solo act, it’s communal. Just ask any North American Young Women’s leader what their treat was last Wednesday. My bet? …

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My Body

By Terresa Wellborn

Body image is a thing. No matter what stage of life we find ourselves, we can’t escape it: tween or teen, pregnancy or postpartum, menopause or beyond. We bleed, slough off dead skin cells, lose hair, gain weight, earn wrinkles. We morph as the years pass. Things once perky now sag, gray hair sprouts, and …

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I’m Not Writing About my Teenagers…

By Justine Dorton

My kids don’t want me to write/blog about them anymore. They’re older and ‘enphoned’, as it were. If I were to talk about them, they think I’d embarrass them by talking about their crushes, their Youth Conference dance moves, their drivers ed adventures, their A.C.T. Scores. I would absolutely talk about that stuff, it’s true, …

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