The letter I never sent

I was asked to write something about an old friend. Back in my past life as a newspaperman, I spent most of my time there with Paul Waldschmidt.

Here’s what I wrote for him: A Letter I never sent »

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Happy 4th, Norah

The Norah we need

The Norah we need

Four years ago today the world met Norah for the first time.

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Lunch Read: Must-Visit spot of the world for 2016

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

Lists are good. Lists are fun. Here’s another one: The Fodors list of absolute must-visit places to hit in 2016. Absolute top in the world? Utah. Trust me, it’s right.

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Happy Thanksgiving

SANDY, Utah — So we don’t get to go to our family in Oklahoma or Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving this year. Instead, we’re homesteading it in the Salt Lake City suburbs.  In a way it’s a relief – we don’t have to be anywhere at any time, and if we ruin a dish, we can pretend like we didn’t want to eat it anyway. So long as we get green bean casserole and pumpkin pie, we’re good.

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Hiking with kids: Bald Mountain

Climbing Bald Mountain

Climbing Bald Mountain

WESTERN UINTAS — A blowing, bitterly cold wind. Tired feet. Hail stinging the face. Windburned cheeks. And she weas loving every minute of it. My 5-year-old had just summited Bald Mountain on her own two legs. Continue reading

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Amid the ancients: Great Basin National Park

Lake Stella, Wheeler Peak in the background

Lake Stella, Wheeler Peak in the background

Hours of empty driving. Sagebrush, playas, dust devils, the occasional semi. That’s what it takes to get to Great Basin National Park.

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Hiking with Kids: Looking for Lake Catherine… or even the trailhead

A picnic at the memorial grove for Alta

A picnic at the memorial grove for Alta

Every year I try to make it as far into summer as I can without turning on the air conditioning at home. Usually that means heading for altitude as often as possible, where the air’s a little sweeter and cooler.

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A very important message from the Jersey Shore

Lucy. The Sky. No Diamonds.

Lucy. The Sky. No Diamonds.

I take a break from our regularly-scheduled Jersey Shore vacation to bring you this very important photograph of Lucy the Big Giant Elephant.

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I wrote my senator, for what good it did

I spent a decade in newspapers, so I never got involved in any causes. I’m a private citizen right now, so every now and then I like to exercise my right and do my hopeless bit to try to make the world a better place.

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Hiking with kids: Silver Lake

This is Silver Lake in the Fall.

This is Silver Lake in the Fall.

BRIGHTON — It’s late May, and before too long, the snow will be gone, opening up the Big Cottonwood Canyon and Brighton Ski area to some fantastic hiking.

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