Accept Me, Please

Recently, our neighborhood experienced a great tragedy. A beautiful, young teenage girl committed suicide. I don’t know the reasons why, but the inevitable question that was first expressed by many was, “Was she bullied?” Bullying is an epidemic here in our nation. In one study, roughly 49% of children grades 4–12 reported being bullied at […]


Christmas Music

One of many things I really love about the Christmas season is the music. My listening habits and tuned radio stations change for this short season every year. I just really love Christmas songs. There are many that are fun, and some that are silly. However, I’d be happy if I never had to listen […]



This morning I had a very special experience… I went to the funeral of a child. Admittedly, this generally this does not rank very high on the list of things I want to do on a beautiful Saturday morning. Funerals are emotional times, especially when the deceased is a young child, whose short life, still […]


Hugs and the Human Touch

All of us crave connection, that feeling of being known, seen and appreciated, and one of the primary ways we have fulfilled this need throughout human history is through touch. Now, I’m not talking about “creepy” touch or “sexual” touch, but instead the simple, innocent physical interactions between people. It’s the shaking of hands, patting […]


Happiness Matters

Someday, when asked that simple question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I hope the child answers with a single word: happy. This simple, unconventional answer may cause the “adult” inside to question if this means the child is currently unhappy, but that would be missing the point. The child is […]


Here Doing Good

As one lays down own’s head each night, there’s an important question to ask: “Have I done any good in the world today?” There are many people in the world who are doing good things, but are we, individually, doing good things in our own spheres of influence? Often these are small acts of kindness, […]


Universal Language

A wonderful quote about music one will find floating around the Internet (sometimes cited, sometimes not), was given by David O. McKay in April General Conference 1945: Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls. I love music. I truly do love it for a […]



As the Utah ballroom season has somewhat finished, last night some friends and I watched Strictly Ballroom. The central theme of the movie is: A life lived in fear is a life half lived. It’s been a long time since I watched the movie, and honestly I’d forgotten this particular quote. It reminds me of […]

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