Author Archives: Lara

Mourning the 2012 Election

More than a month has passed since our president handily won another four years in the White House.  Obama succeeded because he united the concerns of social liberals, single women, young people, blacks and Hispanics, and lower middle-class workers.  Together, … Continue reading

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Leaves on a Tree

  When I was in 8th grade, my history teacher led my class through a discussion exploring the question of why study history.  She attempted to debunk popular ideas on the subject, such as “those who don’t study history inevitably … Continue reading

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Discussing Gay Marriage with Seattle Times Columnist Danny Westneat

Yesterday morning, between handing out bowls of oatmeal, I read Danny Westneat’s column in The Seattle Times, which ran with the headline “The right is left behind by election.”  Dismayed by his lack of understanding of conservative objections to the … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part Five – Sunday is the Sabbath

Our last day at the cabin was Sunday.  Before packing up and driving back to Salt Lake, we had a family sacrament service (my brother-in-law had received permission from his bishop).  We gathered in the living room where we sang … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part Four: Mountains and Mastitis

A few days after our temple outing, we stuffed the children back into our van and headed north and then east up Parley’s Canyon toward Park City (of ski slope fame).  Our excursion being in July, the hills were brown, … Continue reading

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Recovering from Brutal Mormon Roadtrip

If I had time and wanted to help you feel satisfied with your station in life, I would tell you about my fifteen-hour roadtrip to Salt Lake City.  Last week, I rode 15 hours each direction with four children under the … Continue reading

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Bewildered by Secularists

My blogging software allows me to see how many people are reading this blog, but not who they are.  I’d be thrilled to learn that some are secularists because one of my goals as a blogger is to help people who are uninformed about … Continue reading

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Mormon Politics 101: Glenn Beck, Boring Sermons and Political Neutrality

The day after last week’s presidential debates, conservatives across the nation were celebrating that Mitt Romney had been deemed the winner by the majority of viewers and pundits.  I’m sure no one was more pleased than my dad, who is an ardent conservative, … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part 3 – I Get Married for Dead People

A few days after I came home from Utah, I got together with a friend who is not Mormon.  She knows that my husband and I try to date regularly, and she asked me, “Have you been on any dates lately?”  I thought for a moment. “Well, … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part 2 – Everything’s Cuter in Utah

When I was a college student, I took a trip during summer vacation to visit my roommate from Flowermound, Texas.  As she showed me around her hometown, she repeatedly explained, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.”  Now Utahns might take issue with that statement.  When it comes to the size … Continue reading

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