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Salt Lake City
I'm writing a book set in three different time periods (at least) and it's sort of hard to wrap my brain around.
Interests: music, friends, geocaching, cooking, reading, writing, family, old things, anything Jane Austen
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Exfoliating is one of those things that you don't know you're missing out on if you don't do it, and if you do do it, it's an instant pick-me-up. 2.I also exfoliate in the shower, while I'm letting my conditioner soak in. 3.Don't exfoliate too much. It could dry out your skin. I exfoliate between 2-4 times a week. This could vary, depending on your skin type. I fully admit to exfoliating on the days when I know I'm going out in public vs the days when I'm hunkered down at home with nothing going on. It's just a really great little extra boost of confidence. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Two Inches
First off, I think Art Pollard, the owner of Amano, deserves an introduction. I had never met him before, and the only thing I had heard about him was that "sometimes he hangs around the chocolate section at Harmons pretending to be a homeless guy, and asks people how they like Amano chocolate." Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Two Inches
I'm so incredibly lonely. I try. I go out. I do things. I go to church. I go to church activities. I have interests outside of myself. But in the end, it doesn't matter; I still come home to an empty house. My calling in my ward takes me outside of the ward to a group of nursing home residents. My calling doesn't help me get to know people in my ward. And the activities in the ward, FHE one comes. In a ward of more than 300 people, only about 15 people come to FHE on a regular... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Two Inches
Maybe the fact that I'm responding to The Voice results a day late from watching them on Hulu makes my opinion...well, at least a little late. Dear Adam Levine, Today I'm thinking how Mark Isaiah was in the bottom two twice in a row. I guess I can't speak for other folks, but my guess is that he's pretty much been singing the same empty crooner songs over and over. I tune out. He doesn't do anything new. His audience is teenage girls, which pretty much leaves the rest of the The Voice demographic to vote for people who aren't... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Two Inches
Dear Adam, I'll start off by saying that you are by far my favorite coach. Alicia runs a close second, but you're my favorite. I love the way you try to help your team members find their individual strengths. I love the way you help people find the best part of them and make it even better. I love the way you pick team members that don't fit a cookie cutter mold. I love the way you aren't afraid to admit to insecurity. I love that you jam with your team members. I love the way you connect with your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Two Inches
I read this article on Yahoo today. Essentially, people are upset that Vogue Magazine did a photo shoot with a white model dressed as a geisha and using Asian backgrounds. They are calling the photos racist. My question is...are they? I'm not asking that to be a brat...I honestly want to know. Is one culture doing a respectful representation of another culture racism? I trolled the comments for the article, and there were several comments from folks who weren't white who didn't see anything racist about the photos. So again, I wonder, is respectful representation of or borrowing from another... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Two Inches
Lately in politics I see a lot of people "demanding" things, mostly people on the left. They demand that Trump should step down. They demand free birth control. They demand Medicare for everyone. They demand that so-and-so not speak at such a college. They demand that you make a cake for them. They demand that tax payers pay for their abortions. Admittedly, I'm biased. I'm sure conservatives demand things...sometimes. Regardless, I think all this demanding is kind of dumb. I demand that you give me a chocolate Costco muffin. I demand that my employers fund a three-week trip to Ireland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Two Inches
I had a conversation with my pal Nic at work today. To what I'm sure will be the shock of just about everyone who knows me, he was the one who brought up politics, not me. We talked about a lot of things, but I appreciated hearing him say something that I was already feeling: It's so frustrating trying to decipher (at least news-wise) what is true and what isn't anymore. I didn't vote for Trump. I also didn't vote for Hillary. So I find myself in the odd position of being very glad Hillary isn't president, but also being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Two Inches
I recently finished the book "The Hiding Place," by Corrie ten Boom (CTB). There are multiple reasons why I liked it. It's a true story. As a writer, I enjoyed the authentic details added to each setting, the small things that gave added depth to my understanding of CTB and her story. In addition, I loved CTB's...self-exposure, I guess. She seemed honest about her motives and weaknesses, and I think that's something that's hard for lots of us to do, especially when we are portraying ourselves to other people. Ten Boom's sister Betsie reminded me of the sister Beth in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Two Inches
I was reading today in Mosiah 5, and verse 15 is always one of my favorite verses. King Benjamin is giving his famous speech, and he says this: Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast an immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Do Good
I made a crock pot of stuffed meatballs for a potluck today, and as I approached the doors of my building carrying the crock pot with both hands, the woman behind me walked ahead to open the door for me. She then followed me to the elevator to push the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Do Good
So every week I will be posting ideas on a few ways that we can serve people in our lives. Sometimes these will be small things, and sometimes they will be much bigger. I think it's important, though, to acknowledge that some of the greatest happiness and the greatest change... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Do Good
My mom gave me this link with a few articles about how to become more Christ-like. It's a good resource as well. Thanks! These are exactly the types of contributions I'm hoping for. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Do Good
So normally I'm going to try to post the Attributes of Christ posts on Monday, but since yesterday was the very first post, today's the day. I chose being mindful of others in prayer because, especially as a single person, it's very easy for me to just think about myself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Do Good
I've been thinking about starting something like this for a long time. The bottom line is that there's a lot of gunk in this world, and rather than wallowing in that, I wanted to do something that would promote good and happiness. I am convinced that more people would do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Do Good
I am not so great at consistently reading my scriptures. I'm working on it. I'm sure you've notice in your own reading, though, that sometimes some scriptures just pop out, as though they were never there before and someone just slipped them in. Today I was reading in Words of Mormon. He talks about the destruction of the Nephite people and then does a great lead-in to the reign of King Benjamin. We mostly remember King Benjamin for his speech around the temple, where everyone gathered to listen to him and to pledge themselves to the church of Christ. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Two Inches
So I recently read two articles that I won't bother to link to because they infuriate me so much. One is a monologue by excommunicated Kate Kelly explaining how much peace and happiness it has brought her to leave such a demeaning, devaluing church as the LDS church, and the other is an article explaining what "progressive Mormons" are. Here is my first thought: When you are looking to find the truth of something, you don't seek that truth by asking advice from its detractors. You don't ask *Democrats to tell you about the virtues of Republicans. You don't ask... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Two Inches
So, I think the Fortune Cookie gods must have died, because for the past several years, "fortunes" have been less fortunes than they are advice or statements of the obvious. For example. Good fortune: A promising letter will find you soon. Oooh. Mystery. Fortune. Love. Tax return. Bad fortune: Love is a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs. No kidding? Like I really needed a cookie to pass on that little bit of....absolute boringness. That type of "fortune" isn't worth the paper it's written on. If you went to a fortune teller, and she spewed out that bunk,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Two Inches
A friend of another faith challenged me on FB to post a scripture a day for the week preceding Easter. She didn't stipulate, but I'm assuming she meant scriptures related to Christ. Rather than post on FB, where I find that people often ignore posts on a repeated theme, I'm posting all seven (+) scriptures here. And since she didn't limit it to the Bible, I'm taking my scriptures from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, so that people of other faiths can share in the beautiful testimonies of Christ in these scriptures. 1.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Two Inches
ad I just had to point out how ridiculously stupid this add is. Dear stupid ad people: Please address the following points: Please tell me what a "basic girl" is. Anyone who is female? Anyone who looks female but may or may not actually be female? Any female under the age of 18 (because otherwise she's a woman, not a girl)? Any girl who likes to wear pink and high heels? I'm just not sure what a "basic girl" is. 35 tattoos? Thirty-five tattoos that EVERY "basic girl" wishes she had? We're entering a very mystical realm here. For one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Two Inches
When was the last time you read a book with a female protagonist? (Especially if you are male?) What book was it? What did you like about the character? This isn't rhetorical, I really want to know. When you go to forums, firesides, talks, or presentations, does it make a difference if a woman is speaking rather than a man? Why or why not? If you are LDS, do you give the same weight to talks given by female leaders of the Church as you do the males? My friend Camille posted a link to the blog of author Shannon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Two Inches
For the last two years I've gotten my hair cut by a 20-something gay guy named Devin at the Malstrom Aveda salon here in Salt Lake. He was recommended to me by a friend, and despite the fact that I can only afford his haircuts about every six months, he has never failed me, and I am always happy with the results. Today I went to him after a very busy day at work, and I was looking forward to my cut, and I was looking forward to looking good, as I always do after we're done. Today I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Two Inches
This post is dedicated to Michelle Owstrowski, who asked me yesterday what my favorite Christmas songs were. I love Christmas music, but I discovered that I mostly have many versions of the same songs. Please comment with lists of your own favorite songs, I'd love to know what everyone else likes. But to answer Michelle's question, I will do something else I've been thinking about, which is create my own all-star Christmas program. The rules are simple: create your own all-star Christmas concert with any musicians, alive or dead, performing your favorite songs. 1. Snoopy and the Red Baron/Snoopy Christmas:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Two Inches
There is a 90s movie starring Ethan Hunt and Jude Law. I remember watching it with my high school friend Teresa once. The plot explores the ramifications of genetic engineering in humans. Two brothers are born, the older one with no modifications, and the younger genetically modified to be the optimal height build, health, etc. As the two brothers grow up, the younger brother always physically bests the older brother, except in one instance. Every time they swim in the ocean the older brother, Ethan Hunt, can always swim the furthest before turning back. Ethan Hunt leaves home and gets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Two Inches
Today is "Let's Make Fun of Stupid Lyrics Day." The song, "Roller Coaster," sung by Luke Bryan. It's possible he didn't write the song, so I won't make it personal, but every time I'm driving in my car and I hear this song, I think "What a stupid song. Did this person even think about what they were writing? The regular verses to the song aren't bad. It's the chorus I object to. Observe: When we spent that week wide open Upside down beside the ocean I should've known where it was goin' Still tryin' to keep my heart on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Two Inches