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The Grinch that Stole My Christmas Eve Dinner

We wanted to enjoy a fun dinner with the kids for Christmas Eve. We opted to order online from iHop from the “Grinch-inspired menu.” We had seen the “Grinch’s Green Pancakes” advertised on the Hallmark Channel (basically no other channel … Continue reading

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Naming Rights to the Book of Mormon

The following is a private letter to Hank Smith. Dear Hank from Utah, I recently listened to your talk on CD titled “Scripture Power.” At the end, the gravelly-voiced guy from Covenant Communications said that the author would like to … Continue reading

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Only One Plan

The sister said something from the pulpit on Sunday that has really bothered me. It was not unique. I’ve heard it many times before. I’m certain I will hear it many times again.  In describing the “war in heaven” before … Continue reading

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Happy Customer Service Week

The sign in the lobby read “Happy Customer Service Week.” I was left to ponder: Should the word “Happy” describe the attitude of the “Customer,” the type of “Service” to render, or the overall spirit of the “Week?”

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A Star Spangled Blog Post

I just watched another video on YouTube where another singer passionately belted out another rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Imagine the morning of September 14, 1814. The War of 1812 had recently ramped up, and after Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle … Continue reading

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Disneyland Rant – Ticket Prices are Only Part of the Solution

In the least surprising news of the week, Disney raised ticket prices for their US parks. Yawn. Let me get a few things out of the way… People who enjoy going to the parks do not want to pay more. … Continue reading

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The Maine Problem

Poor Tom Golisano. I read his story in the national news a few days ago. Tom purchased a vacation home in Maine, and now he claims that he cannot enjoy it because his Canadian neighbors are making life miserable for himself … Continue reading

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Ye Simple Souls Who Stray – Wine, Oil, Refreshment

The headline intrigued me: Rising Utah liquor sales fueled by more non-Mormons, tourism How naïve I have been! To think that all this time, I believed that the Mormons were the ones buying up the booze! I must continue reading! … Continue reading

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Continue Learning

I do not care what you want to be as long as it is honorable. A car mechanic, a brick layer, a plumber, an electrician, a doctor, a lawyer, a merchant, but not a thief. But whatever you are, take … Continue reading

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Five Dollar Date

What exactly is the big deal? In Adult Roles and Financial Literacy class at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, the teacher handed out an assignment. The boys received a blue paper, while the girls received a pink paper. Maybe … Continue reading

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