The “New” Me

By Linda Hoffman Kimball


my healed hand

In my September post “Lessons from the Fall” I ruminated about the August 12th break of my right wrist. My ulna and radius bones have healed as well as they’re going to. What can I say now in the aftermath of their healing? What lessons did I learn after months of healing, pampering, cajoling, heating, exercising, and massaging my arm?

The major lesson I continue to learn is: I am not the same. Yes, my bones healed but the accompanying mashup of arthritic bits and the remaining stiffness and swelling in my hand (as opposed to my wrist) means I can’t move my hand in all the ways I could before. I can do much, but I rely on workarounds a lot.

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Guest Post: Jean Keenan on “Keeping Faith during Struggles”

Segullah is delighted to share this wisdom from the down-to-earth and witty Jean Keenan of Naperville, IL. She recently presented these thoughts at the Joliet Illinois Stake Women’s Conference. Jean graciously agreed to let us publish it in our journal to let a broader audience benefit from her experience and perspective. Keeping Faith During Struggles …

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Daily Bread

By Emily Milner

AN ENORMOUS PLATE OF RICE sat in front of me, a mountain of rice, rice mixed with peas, an unidentifiable meat, and . . . ants? Yes, ants, the ants that marched many by many in Guayaquil, Ecuador. My food had already been blessed, but I blessed it again, fervently: ”Heavenly Father, I’m a missionary …

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This Is Your Task. You Are Called To It

By Megan Wilcox Goates

It happened while I was doing my physical therapist-prescribed workout in front of the TV. That’s when God spoke to me. I’m not much of a TV-watcher, except for the occasional Masterpiece series, which I will devour in a matter of days. Please do not disturb. Muchas gracias. The end. But when I’m grunting and …

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Segullah interview with Cathy Stokes

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Love at first sight

A search on Mormonwiki will tell you that Cathy Stokes is a retired deputy director in public health and a community volunteer. Born in Mississippi into stark poverty, she moved north as a young child with her great-aunt and her husband who raised her as their daughter.

In the north, she had the privilege of going to school. She earned a BS in nursing at DePaul University and had a long, successful career in the Illinois Public Health Department. At the time of her retirement, she was a deputy director for the Illinois Department of Health. She served as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Chicago Inner City Youth Charitable Foundation for 16 years. She moved to Utah in 2006 after her retirement. In Salt Lake City, Cathy was a member of the Utah AIDS Foundation board of trustees. She was named as a member of the new Editorial Advisory Board for the Deseret News. She is a member of the Utah chapter of the African-American Genealogy and Historical Society. She greets and directs patients at the Huntsman Center Hospital one day a week. She serves on the board of the Salt Lake City Public Library.

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Guest Post: Where Art Comes From

By Jennie LaFortune

Camille Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up running and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Utah. Music has always been a huge part of her life and beliefs. She just released her debut album, “Lead Me Home” on August 18, 2017. It features original and traditional hymns on the acoustic guitar with a string …

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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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Favourite: Sheer Stubborn Perversity

By Kellie Purcill

The image that started it all…

This past week my Facebook and Twitter feeds featured the above picture of daisies.  Most of the related clickbait headlines or comments were practically glowing with panic and horror, like “Japanese radiation deforming flowers!”  “Contamination mutates nature!” “Flowers, fruits and animals suffering years after tsunami-caused nuclear disaster…” “I think these are GMO flowers #seriously #eatrealfood #gmoisdeath #coconutwaterislife”  (these aren’t real quotes, just general summaries of ones I saw).

After a quick click or two to check that the flowers had apparently been photographed in the area claimed, I stopped reading the wheezing, shrieking pieces that went along with it. But I found myself thinking about the photo every day.

I LOVE those little flowering champions!

Stubborn: adjective stub·born

: refusing to change your ideas or to stop doing something

: difficult to deal with, remove, etc.

In the face of all sorts of challenges, that plant just got on with living. Deliberately, stubbornly pushed its roots a little deeper down, in order to better stretch for the sun. Then, using its inbuilt DNA and resources, flowered.  In spite of changes in radiation levels, not being in a nurtured garden, it just got on with life.  And not only did it manage one flower, but several, and in bold and surprising ways.

Perverse: adjective per·verse

: wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive

Of course, humans freaked out because all the flowers weren’t normal – some were weird, perverse, wrong looking and not how they were meant to look, at least according to the people freaking out online. I’m betting that flower doesn’t know, doesn’t care, and (unless one of those pesky humans has come and dug it out or cut it up) it’s still there, photosynthesising away, flirting with the bees and hoping for rain.

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Going Home

By Melonie Cannon

My husband and I sat on our back patio rocking in two white wooden chairs, bought solely on a whim. That whim has led to countless hours of talking and talking while the sky gradually fades and our children spin webs on their scooters around us. The air seeps into our skin and we rock …

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Can I Get a Witness?

By Catherine Pavia

Lately my 3-year-old has been obsessed with puzzles. He lines them up every morning in order, beginning with the one he’s going to do first. He even gets out the 150+ piece puzzles–“Just to look at them, I promise,” he tries to reassure me. “I won’t dump them out.” (This is a New Year’s resolution …

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