The Man Who Saved Christmas

One of my favorite St. George Christmas tales was told by Nellie McArthur Gubler, the daughter of the story’s hero.  It happened during the bitter cold winter of 1899, following the spring visit to St. George by LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow.  During his visit to this drought-stricken corner of Utah, President Snow had received… Read More

The Springing of the Year

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. —From “A Prayer for Spring” by Robert Frost   They gathered at the Upper Well every spring. Twenty or thirty of them returned… Read More

Up to the High Mountain

I spend my work days seated at a desk in front of a window offering a view of what must be the most splendid skyline on earth. The Temples and Towers of the Virgin in Zion National Park. I count it a blessing every day to look up from my computer screen and scan those… Read More

A Tribute to Marv Jones

Marv Jones died on February 8, 2017, several months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When I learned last year that Marv’s condition was terminal, denial set in immediately. Mainly because I could not imagine a world without Marv Jones in it. Also because I could not accept the idea that a man as full… Read More

Long Live the Book

There is something irreplaceable about the printed word.   I have learned to never say never.  The first time I wrote a column for St. George Magazine in 1983, I wrote it on an IBM Selectric typewriter.  Others I knew were starting to do their work on a new-fangled gadget called a personal computer.  I… Read More

In Search of Glory

 “… if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” –Henry David Thoreau   I distinctly remember how old I was when I came to terms with the fact that there were things I… Read More

New Book Available Now

I’m happy to report my new book, ON CLOUDY MOUNTAIN, is now available for purchase as an e-book only. That’s the only way you’ll be able to read it until the publisher, Cedar Fort, Inc., sets a date for publication of the print edition. The price is from $2.99 to $3.99, depending on where you get it. You can get… Read More

Back to The Future

The recent passing of John Glenn at the age of 95 opened my memory to a time when heroes loomed large in my life. I was six years old on February 20, 1962, when an Atlas rocket carried John Glenn and the hopes of an entire nation into orbit. It was the mission that ushered… Read More

20th Anniversary Edition of ROPING THE WIND Now Available

20th Anniversary Edition With a New Introduction and the Novella OVER THE JOSHUA SLOPE Since it was first published by Utah State University Press in 1995, ROPING THE WIND has found a place in book collections across the country and around the world.  Now, in this 20th Anniversary Edition, the author has included a new introduction as… Read More