Relics Of A Tragic Past

Last week, The Guardian published an article stating that Amsterdam was going to phase out black Pete ‘zwarte Piet’ from its winter festival. Since, I’m originally from The Netherlands, I’ve been following this story for years. The Dutch tradition of Saint Nicholas, which is much different than Santa Claus, has the Bishop arrive by steam […]

Don’t Trample Yourself Along The Way

A friend posted this quote on FB. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the BS story you keep telling yourself.” It was from her sister and therefore it wasn’t really open for debate. Never criticize some one’s family in a public forum, because no matter how wrong or absurd, there is […]

Untitled Life

There’s a pain in my gut, but it doesn’t last. It stings for a few moments, sometimes several days. Rarely long enough to make a difference. It might fester, if only I let it. I’m afraid. I try to convince myself it’s better for everyone around me if I just ignore it. If I focus […]

An ad campaign so good, they could sell you syphilis!

Soup in bowl, Sunday! The day I look forward to the top teams in the NFL competing for the Vince Lombardi trophy and also the only day of the year people actually look forward to watching commercials. So much in fact, that some people record the game just for the ads and go to the […]

Shimmering Dream

I spent the afternoon helping my good friend Eric doing electrical work in his Park City condo. Savanah came along, so that we could visit the Ice Castles in Midway afterward. We did what we could to get as many light fixtures in as possible and almost got the new cook-top wired before Eric had […]

Goodbye Smog, Hello Dreams

I was going to blog about the poor air quality, but if you live, or have lived along the Wasatch front, you already know 😦 cough cough Instead, I’ll tell you about my first visit to the Provo City Library to meet with the Utah Valley’s Writers. I’ve been meaning to attend one of their meetings […]

Peace on Earth

For the third straight year I was fortunate enough to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert live and in person. It’s one of the best produced performances I’ve ever seen. This year the headliners were soprano Deborah Voigt and one of my favorite actors John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies […]