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Adulting is hard work. It requires attention, patience, will, determination, willingness and commitment – among other things. Just taking care of the day-to-day living of work, school, family, and responsibilities such as food preparation and bill-paying can exhaust you even before you wake …

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Whether a young college student or someone seeking a mid-career change, earning a degree in engineering and computer science still offers the best bang for your buck. On average, overwhelmingly, engineering offers the best opportunities for employment with higher wages and higher lifetime ea…

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Add my voice to the millions who condemn New York’s leaders’ decision to permit an abortion of a child in the third trimester when a woman’s life or health (undefined) are at risk. It takes a lot to shock this nation, but nationwide reaction indicates our eastern state succeeded.

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Gavels will strike the sound blocks to commence the new Utah legislative session on Jan. 28 this year. As prescribed by law, the session begins on the fourth Monday and must conclude 45 days later — this year on March 14. Traditionally, during that period more than 1,000 new policies or chan…

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Years ago, I made a trip to New York City to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the city. New York is magical during the holidays. The department store windows are incredible. The food in the restaurants is magnificent. Everyone should be in Times Square with someone they love on New Year’s E…

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Fifty years ago, Dec. 24 1968, on Christmas Eve, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman, aboard Apollo 8, orbited the moon for the fourth time. They extensively photographed it looking for interesting features, including potential landing sites for future missions.

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My mom is a transplant from Indiana. She was discovered by my father when he attended Purdue University in Lafayette. They fell in love, married, and returned to Utah to raise their family. So every few years Mom and Dad packed all nine of us, plus luggage, into a station wagon and headed ea…

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Most people have heard the name Edward Snowden. They know he stole something, and made a bunch of people upset. But when you ask exactly what he stole, they’re not really sure. They may say it was classified information, but can’t tell you what he took. The general public’s memory is pretty …

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This season of giving wraps up (or actually unwraps) a week from today. In the midst of things we give to others are things we can give ourselves — things with the potential to make this season better than ever. They’re the things we can give up.

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One of my responsibilities at Weber State University this week was to facilitate a 2 1/2 hour discussion about diversity and inclusion. Some of you might think that sounds like a fate worse than death, but it was quite pleasant. With 14 people representing the colleges and divisions of the u…

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It’s common to see Christmas through tired eyes. A couple of days into the season and we feel behind. So much to do, and so little time to do it in. Our lists lengthen each year, we feed our own expectations, and we sometimes lose sight of the reason for the season.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the seminal work by auteur director Stanley Kubrick. On Dec. 7, Weber State University Honors Program will present a screening of the movie with some guest commentators — myself and history professor Eric Swedin.

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There’s so much science in the news right now, I don’t know what to write about: A massive crater discovered under Greenland’s ice sheet that caused climate chaos for early humans? A new planet around Barnard’s star, a mere six light years away? A method for cooking turkey using nothing more…

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No, no, no, no, no! It’s okay to fiddle with the stuffing recipe, try a new cranberry sauce technique, or add orange zest to the yams. But in the name of all that’s traditional, how could a dressing-filled chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey stuffed into a pig stuffed into an a…

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“#Me Too” movement has drawn attention to the mistreatment, harassment, and sexual assault of women in general and in the workplace. However, it has also rekindled the controversy of wage earnings discrimination against women in the workplace, even though the gap has narrowed since 1955.

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Fall has arrived in Utah with cool temperatures and a heated electoral campaign season. Whether on television, by email, in the mailbox, on a lawn sign or at a public event, candidates and their advocates have made their positions known and implored you to get out and vote.

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I’ve never lived anywhere else in the world where Halloween has such an impressive hold on the local imagination. Not just kids trick or treating for chocolates, we have trunk-or-treats, ghost tours, scare factories, corn mazes, Halloween karaoke, haunted hayrides, Halloween love-poem contes…

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The 88-page “Voter Information Pamphlet” arrived about a week ago in my mailbox, along with a stack of colorful, noisy solicitations from candidates, mingled with informative, biased mailers about the three propositions on this coming ballot. Staring at the wad, the thought flitted through m…

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We’ve passed the autumn equinox, an event for astronomers that marks the end of summer’s box-office blockbuster season. As such, I’m reminded of a very important piece of advice: Never take a scientist to a movie. Chances are we’ll ruin it for you.

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There is an ongoing debate on Proposition 2 dealing with medical marijuana. Opposition groups want voters to vote against the proposition, but at the same time they propose that improvement and/or changes to the existing law and the proposition, if approved by voters, should be made by the l…

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We’ve all heard stories about possible interference in American elections by foreign states such as Russia, China, Iran and others. It’s become a topic of international dimensions and worldwide concern.

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I overheard a young adult ask her mom how folks ever got anything done before we had the internet and social media. Her mom wisely responded, “Well, do you run them, or do they run you? Because I don’t know how people get anything done with those constant distractions.”

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In 1991, I was a college student during the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. My friends and I discussed sexual harassment and whether we would report if something happened to us. I was emphatic that I would not allow anyone to compromise my job or make me feel less-than in any way. I was…

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This past weekend the Western States Regional Conference for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) took place in the Northrup Grumman Executive conference center, the old 1904 stone and log Bamberger Electric Railroad Company building in Ogden Canyon.

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It’s back to school time for the students of Northern Utah, and time to get back to building for the future. It’s even a good time for those who’ve moved beyond formal education years to review, reconsider and perhaps reset their goals.

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Most people express surprise or even shock when they learn I bottle food. Many want to know why I have to do it. They’re more surprised when I try to explain that I do it because I want to, I even like to. The surprise changes to one of concern, something along the lines of, “Poor dear. She …