Laura Ingalls Wilder Week: The Museum and Gift Shop

Last week was spring break for me, so I took the time off to visit my dad and my grandmother, who is ill with cancer, in Missouri. My grandma finished her last radiation treatment while we were there, so we are hoping that things look good and that she’ll start to get stronger and be... Continue Reading →

Laura Ingalls Wilder Week: The Rock Home

Last week was spring break for me, so I took the time off to visit my dad and my grandmother, who is ill with cancer, in Missouri. My grandma finished her last radiation treatment while we were there, so we are hoping that things look good and that she’ll start to get stronger and be... Continue Reading →

Uncultured Utah?

A peculiar phenomenon has recently come to my attention: people tend to believe that Utahns are uncultured, uneducated, and tasteless. I balk at this assumption because of my own obvious culture, education, and taste, but also because I know that this stereotype is not true. The definition of “culture” according to Merriam-Webster, is “the act... Continue Reading →

A Pretty Old Barn

I commute to a university in a rural area, and on the way, I pass many old barns and farms with horses and hay bales.  It is a beautiful drive, one that takes me all the way up the shores of the Great Salt Lake and through a canyon that makes me feel closer to... Continue Reading →

What I “Learned” While Traveling This Week

I’ve spent the last few days traveling because of an academic conference in Toronto, Canada.  It was my first time presenting at a big national/international conference, and I felt that it went well.  My presentation and the other panelists’ presentations sparked a lot of interesting conversation and critical discourse.  I’m glad it is over, but... Continue Reading →

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