Category: Press Columns

Is this the party to whom I am speaking

Like many people our age, my wife and I pepper our speech with rapid-fire cultural references. We’ve just seen so many of the same movies that we just quote them constantly. This must provide some confusion for our children, who…

The old Santa Claus argument

A couple of months after completing kindergarten, my daughter confessed there was an argument while waiting in line at the school. That argument was, as ever, whether or not Santa Claus exists. My daughter took a firm agnostic approach to…

Time flies, little brother

I am the oldest of eight kids, and my little brother is the youngest. I always look out for him, and with that in mind, I decided to hook him up with some ladies. An older brother’s got to do…

Boca boca boca, and other baby talk

The cow sound isn’t really “moo” and the pig sound isn’t really “oink.” The traditional mimic of baby talk is “goo goo gah gah” but, like cows and pigs, babies don’t say what they are supposed to either. I’ve heard…

Too smart for a smart phone

When I was a mass communication major, we talked about marketing once in a while, and we learned the term “laggard,” which is marketing speak for a doofus who does not buy anything, ever. No matter how innovative the product,…

I’m a Robinson, too

One of the great things about living in American Falls is figuring out how everyone is related. I was raised in Ogden, UT, where there were enough people that if someone we knew happened to choose the same store as…

A connoisseur of kids’ shows

  Through no fault of my own, I have become an expert on children’s television programming. This is, of course, a byproduct of having children. I watch what is on the tube in our house, and it doesn’t happen to…

Baby can be a big handful

  Our youngest, just under a year old, doesn’t just like to get into trouble. She is obsessed with it. I think we had to have all of our babies before her just so we would be prepared for this…

Doing battle with a super mouse

Recently I read with my daughter an informational tidbit written for children about sharks. The article said sharks were very scary. In fact, they kill 50 people a year, and one once ate a person so fast they choked. Now,…

The years come and go too quickly

I think of myself as an even-tempered sort of guy, not getting too carried away by the strange goings on around us every day. Sure, some things bother me, like how people see things in social media and immediately think…