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A COVID-19 ‘Staycation’

If you read last week’s installment of “Inside Sanpete,” you learned about my diagnosis with COVID-19. I did have a couple of miserable days, but my isolation time is done. I seem no worse for the wear at this point. My wife, by Utah Health Department direction, had to quarantine with me. ...

Inside Sanpete: I Licked a Bar of Soap

I had several ideas for the title of this column. Here are some of the title ideas which were runners-up: a) Bullet-Proof, Maybe Not, b) It Won’t Happen to Me, c) Vaccination Schmackshanation, d) Class Reunion, Bike Race, Church Meeting: Will the Real Culprit Please Stand Up? e) Isolation — ...

Join The Club!

There’s an expression that many of us use when someone complains about something. We want them to know that we understand and sympathize. Or maybe, we just want them to quit whining about something that all of us experience.Here’s an example of what someone might say to me and then my use ...

Celebrate America!

This weekend we celebrate America’s freedom. In 1776, the American colonists announced to King George their independence from British rule. The revolutionary war was fought. America won and here we are.Wars have since been fought and lives lost in order to safeguard the freedoms which we ...

Hot and Dry – Again

I was in Las Vegas earlier this month. We met relatives from Florida for a long weekend. It was their first time to Vegas so we enjoyed the visit together as tourists.One of the first things we did was visit the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign. My theory is that it always ...

Mottos, Slogans, and Pants

Some time back, I bought a pair of corduroy pants. I’ve always kind of enjoyed the feel and look of corduroys. One of the most “famous” pictures of me in my now long photographic history, is one of me as a pre-schooler in corduroys with suspenders.If I remember right (I often give a ...

Honoring the Flag

This coming Monday, June 14th, is Flag Day. It’s the day that celebrates the adoption of our flag in the United States. That happened in 1777.Flag Day is not a federal holiday; so it’s not a day off (when it falls on a weekday); but it’s a day to honor the flag. I gather that it is a ...

Dreams and Pessimism

Now that Covid-19 is easing up for us in this country, people are anxious to get out and about again. People are starting to travel. I have friends who recently had a great week in Hawaii. Others are now going on dream vacations that they had postponed.I have talked with some about their travel ...

Population and Growth

Some basic information from the 2020 census has been released recently. You may have heard that Utah has the fastest-growing population of any state in the country. Utah now has 3.28 million people. That’s up 18.4% from 10 years ago.Utah is now the 30th most populated state. Our increase in ...

Books and a Parable

Last Saturday, I stopped in at the “every Saturday book sale” that a guy in doing in Manti. Maybe you’ve heard the ads on the radio. As I understand it, Nate Christensen essentially bought out a used book store in Provo. He now has 75,000 books in several metal containers in his back ...