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One True Thing

By Jennie LaFortune

I sat in the living room with the window open trying to cool off after Sunday dinner. Crickets competed with the TV, providing background noise for other attentions. I half listened to a report on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the lunar landing– one of many programs that had dotted the media for …

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What I learned from my mother

By Terresa Wellborn

My mom’s atypical. We love to hear the story when she was thrown out of the BYU pool in the 1960’s for wearing a bikini. Scandalous! She loved wearing miniskirts, too. She sat barefoot at the feet of Peter, Paul, and Mary — I grew up singing “Lemon Tree” to my front yard lemon tree. …

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Sort of I Get It Mostly I Don’t

By Jennie LaFortune

I like to think I’m too good for The Bachelor, and 93% of the time I am, but here I sit, watching this season for the first time (are we on season 247?), not able to look away. Judge me if you will, I know I have rolled my eyes in disgust at this very …

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Summer, I Love You: Deep Wishes Midlife

By Terresa Wellborn

Ah, summer, of homemade freshly-picked-strawberry ice cream churning on the back patio. Of long days with late dinners, later star gazing. Of tennis court roller skating, sweat running down the backs of our knees. My child-wish: that summer would last forever. “I can still remember one day very well. It was the day when my …

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End-of-Life Lessons

By Megan Wilcox Goates

My dad is the sort of person who eschews purchased gifts, preferring handmade items or acts of service. More than once over the last few years, I have offered to write his life stories down. He liked this offer and thanked me, but didn’t want to actually sit with me and talk about anything. The …

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Our New Book, Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition

By Sherilyn Stevenson

You’ve probably heard by now that we have a new book, and if you haven’t — well, let us fill you in! Here’s what you need to know: What We’re so proud of our third anthology, Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition, and know that you, our faithful readers, will relate to this collection of …

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Doing the Thing You Fear Doing

By Megan Wilcox Goates

I gave my university students a writing prompt recently: write about something you don’t want to do. They mostly wrote about their dread for school, homework, work, being responsible—crossing the toll booths along the highway to adulthood. I wrote alongside them. Here’s mine: I dread finding an agent, revising my writing, selling a book. So, …

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Hiding in the Waves

By Catherine Arveseth

We slip into the blue-lit water, our drip-splash slapping against the silence. My husband and I are the only two in the pool and it is coming on midnight. The resort we are staying at in Key Biscayne, a small barrier island off the coast of Florida, is oddly unpeopled. Canceled trips and altered vacations hang in the air, evidenced by so many dark hotel rooms.

A week earlier Hurricane Irma ripped into the island, toppling banyan trees like dominos, tugging up bushes, shattering lampposts, tearing through screens, and shredding the stately royal palms that line the hotel entrance. The storm literally de-fronded the trees. Leaving a single spear of palm jutting into the sky.

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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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Swelling With Pride

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

In July my ward swells to double its size. The church building is situated near the entrance to the Uintah National Forest in Utah which is a mecca for 4th of July and Pioneer Day campers, vacationers and reunion groups. The deacons have the distribution of the sacrament down to a science. On those “standing …

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