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12 JunLife of Ryan

I’ve kept journals for each of my kids. These include the near real-time entries from when they were toddlers to the letters I write them now as adults. Are you the parent of young children? You think you will never forget your times together, but you will. These entries don’t remind me of past times […]

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24 MarSwimming in Estrogen—A Dad’s Experience at Dance Competition

I have five sons. That’s a lot, right? I’m able to surround myself with all things male. We wear camo, shoot deer, talk football, scratch ourselves, and spit. My sons will raise an eyebrow and chuckle at this description. We find camo amusing and have never shot anything. We throw boomerangs and Frisbees and fly […]

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15 NovDad Fails; or, Two for Two

I’ve always been proud of the fact that I have eight children. I think it gives me the same pride as owning a yacht, or a 20,000 square-foot home, or a Ferrari, or the New York Yankees, except more so. The pride isn’t necessarily the number of kids, but my relationship with them. With my […]

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11 OctLife Isn’t a Disneyland Event

I am a bit obsessive when it comes to the trivial details of life. I’ve always had the feeling that real life happens in-between the big Disneyland events. I recently read the biography of Eddie Rickenbacker. Eddie Rickenbacker lived big. I think the fact that most of you reading this don’t know who he is […]

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30 AugFamily: The Hope of the World

I drove the ninth grade football team to their football game in Grantsville the other night. I took a long walk to the local library so I could write for a while. The library closed forty-five minutes after I got there so I had to walk back. My feet were tired so I laid on […]

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25 JulSlaughter Is Messy Business

My neighbors’ houses have meticulously landscaped yards. I’m not like them. I’ve learned that you don’t have to mow your lawn very often if you don’t water it. It’s a very green way to go. It saves resources. It also saves time. I have more important things to do with my waning time on Earth […]

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17 JulHeidi, Family, and the Summer Triangle

I got roped into a part in a community musical. I was in a play back in high school (a long, long time ago). I was also in a couple of minor productions in college during the semester I thought I wanted to be an actor. In the decades since college I’ve never thought about […]

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28 JunI Have a Twelve-Year-Old Daughter: Life’s Good

I have children at several different stages of life. At the top end I have a son who is twenty-nine-years-old. At the bottom end I have a son who is ten-years-old. I have one child, a daughter, at a very special age—twelve-years-old. All the ages have something to offer, but at twelve-years-old this daughter has […]

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17 MayGoing to University to Get a Job Is Going to Disneyland to Get a Snow-cone

As far as I know I was the first in my Anderson family line to graduate from college. My Mom had a four-year nursing degree. I believe it was she who suggested I go to college. I couldn’t think of anything better to do so I applied to Brigham Young University and was accepted. What […]

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12 AprDisneyland? Seaworld? No, BYU Library

We live on a very limited budget. Still, we like to have fun. I know families that go to Disneyland or Seaworld for vacations. I know other families that go on cruises. If we had more of a budget maybe we would do these things, too, but I’m not so sure. Yesterday I told the […]

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