My Backwards “Mom” Complex and Why Parenting is Sometimes the Least Validated Role We Play

If you know me, you know that I am a disgustingly motivated person. I can't trace the roots of this; all I know is that from as far back as I can remember I have always been high-achieving, driven, and required very few external incentives. These traits culminated in obvious expressions - keeping a crazy-busy … Continue reading My Backwards “Mom” Complex and Why Parenting is Sometimes the Least Validated Role We Play

My President: The High Priest of Good Things to Come

I recently finished reading "To the Rescue", the biography of President Thomas S. Monson and am awestruck by what I have learned about the history and life of this obviously divinely-appointed prophet. I don't think anyone who knew the details of his lifelong service to mankind could honestly claim him to be less than a … Continue reading My President: The High Priest of Good Things to Come

The Forgotten Middle Ground: A Call for Brave Bipartisanship

With the recent Presidential inauguration and associated protests, marches, demonstrations, etc. the political monster has reared its ugly head once more. Media outlets and social media have become prime platforms for political commentary, argumentation, advocacy and dialogue. In an age where political involvement is not just the norm but is the expectation, I find I have no … Continue reading The Forgotten Middle Ground: A Call for Brave Bipartisanship

Responses to Promptings and Answered Prayers

I'm not a big advocate of New Year's resolutions. Setting long-term goals with indefinite endings once a year just doesn't seem effective or attainable, as New Year's resolutions themselves are evidence to. I am, however, a proponent of continual repentance and New Years presents a prime opportunity to review the changes implemented in the last … Continue reading Responses to Promptings and Answered Prayers

Maintaining a Thanksgiving Attitude through the Christmas Season

Last Saturday, I was sorting through Emma's outgrown clothes when I heard a knock at the door. At 3 in the afternoon where I have no close friends and few aquaintances, I thought it had to be the UPS guy. But when I opened the door, it was my father's round noggin' that came into … Continue reading Maintaining a Thanksgiving Attitude through the Christmas Season