100 Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released the 2008 list of the worst cities for spring allergies. The top ten cities with the worst spring allergy conditions are: Lexington, Kentucky Greensboro, North Carolina Johnson City, Tennessee Augusta, Georgia Jackson, Mississippi Knoxville, Tennessee Birmingham, Alabama New Orleans, Louisiana Little Rock, Arkansas San Diego, California Looks to me like the South is in for a bad time with allergies this spring. More than half of the top ten are in what I’d consider southern states. How do they pick the worst cities for allergies? Four factors are involved: general allergy … Continue reading

Scripture Study: 1 Nephi 13:30-35

Nephi is having a vision which details the fate of his seed and that of his brethren. He has seen the coming of the Bible and of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, and now he is seeing the rising up of America and the growth of the nation. 30. Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles who have gone forth out of captivity, and have been lifted up by the power of God above all other nations, upon the face of the land which is choice above all other lands, which is the land that the Lord God hath covenanted with … Continue reading

Jobs in America

I hope y’all will indulge me today. I have been thinking a lot lately about America and the way our economy is set up (capitalism, of course) and I wanted to share those thoughts with my readers. In case you missed it, my husband is losing his job at the end of month, and apparently I just love to worry about whether or not he’s going to find a new one. 😉 So last night, as I watched the fireworks exploding overhead in amazing brilliance, my mind started to wander, and I started to think about how in America, you … Continue reading

Scrapbooking the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a festive and fun time to celebrate pride in our country. It is also an excellent time for families to come together and spend time with each other. The Fourth of July, no matter which state it is being celebrated in, is a day filled with BBQ’s, picnic’s, games, swimming, water activities, and of course, fireworks. The fireworks are usually the biggest part of the day, and are the thing that brings the day to a close at the end of the night. So besides a bunch of fireworks, what else is there to commemorate … Continue reading

All the President’s Pets (Washington and Lincoln’s, At Least)

Monday was President’s Day. A virtual trip to the Presidential Pet Museum made it easy to hail the resident pets-in-chief throughout history. But to celebrate the two men whom President’s Day initially honored, George Washington (whose birthday is really today) and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday was February 12th), I thought I’d profile the pets that were specific to their administrations: George Washington: Born February 22, 1732; Served as President 1789-1797 Technically his pets never lived at the White House, because it wasn’t built yet. (John Adams was the first president with the distinction and honor of residing there, and he … Continue reading


As we recently celebrated America’s Independence, we are reminded of the freedoms we all enjoy in this great nation. One of the most wonderful freedoms we are blessed with in America is that we can worship the Lord freely and openly, without fear of physical persecution. The Book of Acts speaks of many different persecutions that the church of the first century endured. Studying through these examples of persecution shows the great blessing of freedom we have in America today. Several times throughout the Book of Acts, disciples of Christ were arrested and placed in jail for proclaiming the truth. … Continue reading

Memorial Day

This is one of the biggest weekends for holiday travel. People visit family and friends all over the country. They also buy flowers and visit cemeteries to remember loved ones, and many fly Old Glory. Memorial Day gives us a chance to remember those who have gone before us, but it is intended as an occasion to honor those who have made great sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms we too often take for granted. People have given so much of themselves, even their lives, so that we can live freely, so that we can exercise our rights. … Continue reading

Yale Undergrads: The Best, The Brightest, The Taliban?

Perhaps you dream of the day when your child will be admitted to an Ivy League institution. Maybe you do more than dream. You save money. You contribute regularly to a 529 account. If you are fortunate enough to have elders who have done well and now look at estate planning, maybe you are working with them to find the best ways to fund education for the next generation. You and your high school student are researching scholarships, loans, financial aid. Maybe you are working with a consultant. Your student is studying, working, making a very high grade point average. … Continue reading

The Political Process and the LDS Family

“I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free. Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.” D&C 98:8-10 As I run around trying to pull every last detail together for my political party’s caucus tonight, I am reminded of several things, the first being the aforementioned scripture. I heard many reasons over the phone over the last couple … Continue reading