Destroying Angels attack Utah in 1877 Armed, legged and winged and fully equipped for war describes the dire situation Utah faced in 1877.  “The destroying angels are abroad”, the Deseret News, the local Salt Lake City, Utah, newspaper reported in …

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Mitzi leaped onto my desk when I least expected it. She head butted me and laid on her back under my desk, her paws curled, the pose that made me pause and say ‘aw’. Mitzi wasn’t the only cat in my life. I have another who is rather surly. I doubt Mitzi would have liked him. His name is Bartholomew. He lives in my novella…

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In early Salt Lake City, the pioneers were quick to move their furniture outside on a cold winter night to make room for a dance. Dancing, after all, was the best exercise to drive away your cares, so said Brigham Young, the Mormon Church’s second prophet and president.

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The building that housed the Deseret News

One fun and easy search is in historic newspapers. My 2nd great grandfather, Charles Denney, started his first job in America at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hired May 14, 1867 at the age of 17, he worked for a dollar a day.

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Kate Thompson is a writerly name. Google it; you’ll see. It came to my attention when my daughter-in-law sent me a photo she took in a Scotland train station that was selling books by a Kate Thompson who wasn’t me. My grandson checked out a book from his school library by Kate Thompson. It wasn’t me, either. You see, I’m not alone. There are several.

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Did pioneer women wear corsets? I didn’t think much about it until I began researching my second novel, and my protagonist, a 19th century Utah woman, needed dresses and skirts and shoes.

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Another way of looking at history Robert D. Anderson, MD, a psychiatrist, is the author of “Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith”. Through a psychobiography study, another way of looking at history, he offers a fascinating look into Smith’s life, …

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When your imaginary dogs drool. A writer’s life. “Hey Girl nudged Astra in the hip and Good Boy woofed. Astra sighed and she and Matthew looked down at the dogs. They’d gone for their leashes.They held them in their mouths. Their …

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