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George Stoddard
Kayenta in Ivins Utah
I am the patriarch of a large diverse family, retired from careers as an airline pilot, and psychotherapist and I currently own an art gallery with my wife.
Interests: I am passionate about: life,relationships, books, psychology, politics, family, neuroscience, and pet cats.
Recent Activity
Dixie State University is presenting DOCUTAH, the Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival next month for the fourth year. Multiple venues in southern Utah and Mesquite will screen the 50 films selected by the judges from the 330 submissions. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
It is ironic that while we live in the “information age” with 24/7 cable “news” programs, access to online college courses, and multiple books on current events, we are woefully uninformed as a democratic electorate. A case in point is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column for the Spectrum today: During September last year a friend and I talked about attending the presidential inauguration. Confident in my candidate’s prospects I made plans and airline reservations. Throughout the remaining campaign my optimism never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my Spectrum column published on 1/22/13: We live in time of great opportunities. Never in my lifetime have I had access at my fingertips to the abundance of information and educational opportunities as I do today. Recently I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column published in the Spectrum on 12/24/12: “As I look at the photos of those who died, I wonder how many more must die before we come to our senses and begin to converse with each other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my Column published in the Spectrum on 11/27/12: Many years ago my wife and I were sitting with friends in an ice cream parlor. I recall expressing anger about a letter to the editor in the local paper.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at A Father's Thoughts
One of the reasons I am a fan of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show is the quality of his interviews with serious people. Recently J. K. Rowling the British novelist and creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series was a guest.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column in the Spectrum on October 2. Thirty-five or more years ago I served in an elected position as a school board member in my New Jersey community. Then as now budgets were always a challenging issue.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my Spectrum column for Sept. 4, 2012 This month my wife, Cherie, and I celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of Gallery 873 in the Coyote Gulch Art Village in Kayenta/Ivins. The gallery is her brainchild and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
Well, the Republican Convention is history and we await the Democrats later this week. The campaign season officially begins post-convention. I wonder how many have lost interest, if they ever had any, after months and months of never ending political... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column for the Spectrum Writers Group published on August 8, 2012 The nation grieves for the loss of the innocent people who fatefully chose to attend the new Batman movie in Aurora Colorado last month. The stories... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column for the Spectrum Writers Group published on July 10, 2012 On July 28 I awaited the Supreme Court’s historic decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), hopefully but with low expectations. I felt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my column for The Spectrum on 6/12/12. Victor Frankl, a German psychiatrist who survived the World War II Nazi death camps, wrote powerfully in “Man’s Search for Meaning” about the spiritual lessons he learned. As one reviewer noted,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column published in the Spectrum on 5/15/1 The Affordable Care Act has been the target of political attack since its adoption in 2010. The early Republican mantra was “repeal and replace.” That quickly faded into “repeal” because... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my article published in the Spectrum on April 17, 2012 Marilynne Robinson, novelist and essayist won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her second novel Gilead. Her most recent book, When I Was a Child I Read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is my column that was published in The Spectrum on March 20, 2012. Here we go again. On April 16, 2001 President Bush stated, “Tax relief will create new jobs, tax relief will generate new wealth, and tax relief... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is an essay I wrote a few years ago narrating one experience during my work as a counselor intern in Atlanta Georgia. Every time I eat a chocolate cake with cherries, I think of Robert. I met Robert in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This is a column that appeared in my local newspaper The Spectrum on February 21. In my last column I wrote about the vulnerability of the poor in these difficult economic times. Poverty rates have been increasing and today one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my column for the writers' group in the Spectrum on January 24, 2012 Last week I attended a ceremony at the St. George Tabernacle celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day helping me to reflect again on the life... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my writers' group column for the Spectrum on December 28, 2011 The official end of the war in Iraq is cause for reflection. I vividly recall the rhetoric emanating from the Washington officials and the media in 2003.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my writers' group column in the Spectrum on November 2, 2011 F. S. Michaels in her thought provoking book The Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything examines the influence that a predominant story or narrative has on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my Writers Group Column in the Spectrum on October 5, 2011 Wow!! DOCUTAH was a wonderful treat this year. Southern Utah’s International Documentary Film Festival was well organized and presented a broad range of films that showcased the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
This was my Writers Group Column in the Spectrum on December 1, 2011 I wonder if those loudly proclaiming the idea of American Exceptionalism are reflecting upon the failure of the Congressional “super committee” to reach a bipartisan agreement addressing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at A Father's Thoughts
The recent actions of Governor Rick Perry exposed once again the dysfunction of our political system. He appeared with Jewish leaders at a New York hotel the day before President Obama was to address the General Assembly of the United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at A Father's Thoughts
It has been a difficult political year for our nation. Our dysfunctional politics have validated the concerns of columnist and author Tom Friedman who concluded a while ago that we could only adopt sub-optimal solutions for the many serious challenges... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at A Father's Thoughts