In the nineteenth century, one way to measure whiteness was in distance from blackness -- and so it was with the Mormons. Over the course of the nineteenth century, they moved away from their own black converts toward whiteness.
Children in Utah were coming to kindergarten unprepared to learn, but many parents were unwilling to send very young children to school. Transportation was another issue in rural parts of the state. To address the Kindergarten readiness issue, the legislature created UPSTART, a five year pilot program to test the potential of literacy software used at home.
Imagine a perfectly flat veneer of pure white salt as far as the eye can see, in every direction. These otherworldly super-strange environments exist in only a handful of places on Earth; they're called salt flats (or salt pans), the leftover remnants of extinct seas.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: w...
So if you're in the market for an outdoor adventure, picture perfect, experience you can find nowhere else on the globe, consider Arches National Park. The town of Moab, an adventure sport capital, sits just 4 miles to the south of the park entrance.
Utah contains 5 National Parks, 43 State Parks, 6 National Monuments, and 4 Historic Trails, an assortment of natural, scenic, and historic wonders providing a lifetime's worth of exploration.
We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."
While I don't have all the answers on how to fix our broken system, or heal those impacted, I can continue researching and sharing the experiences of people, families and communities that have been adversely affected by pesticides.
On the road again! School was hardly out before the family and I had our camping gear packed into the rental minivan. Time for another western adventure to visit and learn about some of the public lands that the Sierra Club and others are working to protect.
Which is more important to Americans - water, or hydro-power?
Remember we've talked about how digital nomads get to travel and still make money? Looks like a group of people might just have cracked the code.
The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.
The narrative playing out in the media and in state capitals across the country is that LGBT freedom advances only at the detriment of religious liberties, and vice versa. That doesn't have to be the case. By bringing both sides together with mutual respect, we were able to move Utah in the right direction.
Over the years, I've visited Utah plenty of times, including about eight or nine trips to Moab, and I've visited Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park three or four times each.
Panhandling took a different form in downtown Salt Lake City this past Earth Day when students from the University of Utah's Art, Action and the Environment class took to the streets.
Mention Park City, Utah and visions of powder-covered slopes, summertime mountain biking, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the annual Sundance Film Festival instantly come to mind. And, now, after a memorable visit to this year-round wonderland, I'm adding food lover's paradise to the short list.