Halloween a history

Try to picture Halloween one or two thousand years ago—Snickers bars and Skittles would, unfortunately, not make an appearance. However, much of Halloween might not be as unfamiliar as you may think. Costumes, fires, seeking tokens door to door, and even a fear of ghosts would all be present. Though times and traditions have changed, […]

The Bookshelf with Trevor Young

The Bookshelf with Trevor Young

“Watchmen” by Allen Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbon, winner of the Hugo Award   Summary: What if superheroes really existed? No. What if they really existed? This is the question acclaimed author Allen Moore, author of “V for Vendetta,” takes on in his graphic novel “Watchmen,” which chronicles the downfall and experiences of a […]

Stitching our Valley together

Stitching our Valley together

A little piece of dad’s blue jeans here, a piece of grandma’s apron there and a scrap of mother’s Sunday dress on the side, all quilted together in a patchwork of memories.   Quilters can produce enduring family heirlooms and precious gifts. More recently, quilters are also producing elaborate works of art, never meant to […]

Building bridges: Visiting Latin markets in our community

I should have known better than to pull out my notebook too soon. Big journalism faux pas. Still, I ended up leaving with free coconut candy from Guatemala—striped like a flag, it’s the manager’s favorite. I think speaking a little broken Spanish and showing my curiosity paved some common ground.   For this article I […]

Where business meets art

Where business meets art

Behind him, taped to a gray filing cabinet, are a few photos and some grandchild-made drawings. One features a tracing of a little blue hand accompanied by the words “for Grandpa Tim.”   “Grandpa Tim,” or Tim Bird, is the owner of Artist Corner, a local art supply store in Orem that sells art supplies […]

Book Review with Juli Auna, employee at Deseret Books

Book Review with Juli Auna, employee at Deseret Books

Life is a path paved with questions. As we answer one, we are led to many more. Yet each question answered still brings us another step farther on our journey.   As questions are such a key feature of life – from where to go to school to whom to marry to what to believe […]

Writing groups flourish in Utah Valley

Heads bent and pens poised, passing papers in a circle: helping each other’s writing grow. Learning from published authors, networking in the industry. Simply having fun, enjoying a sense of community. These are writers of Utah Valley, coming together in writing groups to learn and grow in their art.   Stretching across Utah Valley, groups […]

Senior Couple Love Stories

  Midge & Richard Johnson   How they met:   Midge and Richard met at BYU when Midge was working for a telephone company. Richard went into the company to get his telephone line connected and met Midge. He remembers her as cute and bubbly. Even though she was engaged (and had been engaged a […]