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I pray because I believe, and I believe because I pray.

Joseph Walker--Deseret Morning News

Utah, United States

Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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Salt Lake LDS Temple Centennial with a full 3D model of the building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This Single Image Stereogram was done at the 100 year anniversary of the building's completion.

Printed at 18x24 inches.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Helaman 5:12

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Life Goes On

In the words of Tim McGraw...

"...I was in my early 40's,
With a lot of life before me,
A moment came that

stopped me on a dime...."

In recent weeks there have been a few events that at first glance seemed to stop me on a dime. From previous blog entries...

Though my friend is not completely gone there is a loss of something both once considered great in value.

Three members of Gary Ceran's family were tragically taken Christmas eve after a wonderful performance of A Christmas Carol.

Five people lost their lives and four others wounded when a teenage gunman went on a rampage through a Salt Lake City mall.

These are among the many things that have nearly brought me to my knees. But life does not stop. It continues. We pick up and we continue. We hold on more dearly to those things that are still of value to us.

The words of Tim McGraw continue...

"I went sky divin',
I went rocky mountain climbin',
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I've been denying,

...And I became a friend a friend would like to have."

Life does go on. Shoppers have flocked back to Trolley Square with a sense of continue on. Let's hope that we can grab hold of that renewed opportunity by the horns and be better than we were before.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A pass along...

I've been tagged! Actually, I was tagged nearly a month ago, but am just now getting to it.

Tell us Five things about you that we don't know...

How this got to me: Susan Wu (who sent this into the gaming blogosphere)-> Raph Koster -> Broken Toys -> Mythical Blog -> MMODig -> Gaming Bitch -> World IV -> Rampant Coyote -> ~J --> and then ME.

So, what are 5 things about me you don't know?

1- When I was 13 I won 2nd place in the school science fair in junior high school and spent 2 long boring days sitting with my science fair project in the ballroom of the student union building at the University of Utah. My dad helped me design and build my very own photophone. This device was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. It sent voice over a light beam. His invention was the precurser to fibre optics.

2- I ran for student body office when I was a junior in high school and lost. Several friends convinced me that I should do it. I was part of the green party. The gold party won that year. I was running to be student body secretary.

3- I was in the pep club in high school for two years. We cheered at all football and basketball varisty games, marched in several parades and performed at a few half times.

4- I served as an LDS missionary in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina in the late 80s. I spent most of my time in West Virginia and the southwestern part of Virginia. Places like Galax, Pembroke, Bluefield and Roanoke bring fond memories.

5- I was in a square dance group when I was 12. We went all over the Salt Lake Valley performing for church groups, nursing homes and many other various events. I can also ballroom dance fairly well (swing, waltz, cha cha, etc.).

So now that I have said my 5 things, I now need to tag a few people. The general idea is it has to be 5 people. Lets see who can we tag who hasn't been tagged. John (Republicus), Nanc, Phelonius, Angel...well I know other people, but they have been tagged.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

An ordinary person did an extra ordinary thing--Ken Hammond

Ogden Police Officer, Ken Hammond, didn't wake up February 12th thinking, "I am going to be a hero today." None of us do, but Ken stepped into that roll before the day was over and probably saved countless lives.

Phelonius commented in a previous entry,

"May I go off topic? You have a guy there in Utah that is a hero now, and I am talking about Ken Hammond. Off-Duty cop who had the wherewithal to have his service revolver and a wheelbarrow worth of huevos handy when that Bosnian loser let loose with a shoulder cannon in a mall. Now...on to "Politicians Say the Silliest Things":


“Thank goodness he was there,” said Greiner, who is also a state senator. “You don’t want to ever say it’s good we were there and killed somebody, but it’s probably good someone was there.”Probably good? Probably? The guy is a hero and the Police Chief and Senator says "well, perhaps it is good somebody just happened to be there..."

Wow, is the best response I can come up"

This is the story he is refering to: Mall massacre

In a subsequent follow up article:

"The Ogden off-duty officer involved...... has been identified as Ken Hammond, a six-year veteran of the department. He was scheduled to appear at a press conference Tuesday night.

His chief, Jon Greiner, said the officer is "a very level-headed traffic officer. He's just a good, all-around officer. Does his job."

Hammond was involved in a shootout in the crowded mall that eventually left Talovic, a Bosnian refugee from Salt Lake City, dead.

Greiner said a "significant number" of Ogden police officers carry weapons off-duty. In fact, Greiner said, the wife of the officer involved in the shooting has a concealed weapon permit.

Police identified the mall's shooting victims — five who died and four others recovering from injuries in area hospitals.
Killed were:
• Teresa Ellis, 29.
• Brad Frantz, 25.
• Kirsten Hinckley, 15.
• Vanessa Quinn, 29.
• Jeffery Walker, 53.
Wounded and hospitalized are:
• Carolyn Tuft, 43, (the mother of Kirsten Hinckley).
• Shawn Munns, 34.
• Stacy Hanson, 53.
• Alan "A.J." Walker, 16, (the son of Jeffery Walker)."

Deseret Morning News February 13, 2007
My hat goes off to Ken Hammond. Many people are grateful for his courage.

Ogden police officer hailed as a hero, says he was doing his duty,1249,660195341,00.html

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Take a chance on saying you're sorry

I found this article that really speaks to some things in my life. The words of a Chicago song come to mind.

It's hard for me to say I'm sorry.
I just want you to stay.

After all that we've been through,
I will make it up to you. I promise to.

And after all that's been said and done,
You're just the part of me I can't let go.

Column: Take a chance on saying you're sorry - Opinions

...addendum...when I say I let someone doesn't mean I take credit for their actions. The sad part is that something that was once very good, is lost.

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