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The Farmington, New Mexico Third Ward: A Stranger’s Home

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A week ago I spent a long weekend with my friend Doug Moeller in Farmington. His wife of 52 years, Tyra, had succumbed to cancer after a long illness, the family had gone to their homes after the funeral, and … Continue reading

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Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Russian

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This week, World Literature Today posted a transcript of a conversation with Russian/American Julia Nemirovskaya and the translator of her poetry Boris Drakyuk. Julia is my former colleague at BYU and my friend. José Vergara introduces the two poets (interviewed … Continue reading

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We imagined ourselves into a beloved community

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Thinking this morning about Cecilia Konchar Farr and our years (too few of them) together at BYU. After she and Tracy moved on to Minnesota and Saint Catherine University, she published a wonderful book about Oprah’s Book Club, another book … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality? UVU President Says NO

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Chapter 15 of Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Stranger shifts the focus from practices and policies at BYU to Utah Valley University. BYU isn’t the only Utah Valley institution with troubles related to Mormon disrespect for non-heterosexuals. In … Continue reading

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The “We’re Not a Parade” Parade

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From the Salt Lake Tribune this morning: A year after rainbow ‘Y’ lighting, BYU cracks down on protests The school has limited access on Y Mountain, and it also asked LGBTQ students handing out pins Friday to leave campus The … Continue reading

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