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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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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Renlunds Equally Yoked at the Pulpit

By Karen Austin

Because I didn’t marry until I was in my mid-thirties, I attended a lot of young adult activities for a dozen years, including devotionals. For the last twenty years or so, I have been married, and I haven’t had a calling with the young adults, so I’ve been missing some great devotionals, I’m sure. This …

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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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First Prize Prose: “The Ruins of Tintagel” by Emily Harris Adams

By Emily Harris Adams

The library is about halfway between our fertility clinic and home, I think as I step out the clinic’s doors. Just turn right instead of left on fifth. It’s one of those safe, nothing thoughts. I try to keep my thoughts simple when going to or coming from the fertility clinic. Complicated thoughts form little …

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What’s In a Name Change

By Sylvia Newman

On June 19, 2000, my name officially became Sylvia Newman. For the previous 15 years, I had been Sylvia Knapp*. I married Trey* Knapp on August 30, 1985. My divorce was final December 4, 1996. My marriage and divorce seem like ancient history now, like a life I heard about once but don’t much recall, …

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Interview with Fiona Givens

By Sandra Clark

Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt am Main. She earned degrees in French, German, and in European History while co-raising six children. Fiona has worked as a lobbyist, a translator, and as chair of a French language program. She is a …

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Sweetheart Come

By Melissa Leilani Larson

Emma Hauck realizes that her husband’s political ambitions are changing him—and their marriage. She finds refuge in her writing, and in the unexpected friendship of a new servant. As both relationships grow more complex, Emma must face difficult truths about herself that she never knew existed. A new play about marriage, illness, and the power …

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Our Plat du Jour Family

By Sherrie Gavin

Before getting married, I knew that I could not carry a pregnancy. But I didn’t know that my Mr. Right was an Australian who lived on the other side of the planet and that I would move there to be with him. Our meeting was a beautiful surprise, something like a Plat du Jour. A …

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By Madison Beckstead Bowman

In the beginning, it was only the music. That first day, I stretched my legs out on the cool tile floor of the empty chapel and watched his right hand’s fingers flit over nylon strings while his left hand curled into shifting claws, tickling and scratching and stroking at the neck of his cheap Portuguese …

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