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Adventures with My 100-yr-old Mother

Mother celebrated her 100th birthday in March. We had as fun party at Zion NP Lodge. Almost all of her immediate family were there. Many coming from the East Coast. Unfortunately, mom is getting increasingly unsteady on her feet. So … Continue reading

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Josephine Spencer: Early Mormon Revolutionary Progressive

By Michael Austin (excerpted from bcc) Josephine Spencer [may be] the most important figure in Mormon literature that most people have never heard of. Spencer was born into the middle-ranks of the Mormon aristocracy. Her father. Daniel Spencer, had been … Continue reading

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John Lewis’s Parting Message to America’s Youth

By Rep. John R. Lewis (Special to the NY Times) Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. … Continue reading

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John R. Lewis and Mormon Missions

Rep. John Lewis and I are roughly the same age; he was 5 years older. What is particularly impressive about Lewis’s life is that he became engaged in a great cause at a very young age. In August 1963, Lewis … Continue reading

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Assisting a School in the Sipi Falls Area, Uganda

Several years ago, Playgrounds Everywhere staff installed a 4-seat swing set, a monkey bar set, and a climbing tower at a school near Sipi Falls. Sipi Falls is an important vacation area in northeastern Uganda. The recreation area includes a … Continue reading

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Playground at Kidsway Education Center, Uganda

A friend of mine, Gabriel Arahi, runs a preschool, nursery, and primary school at a small community about 45 minutes south of Mbarara, Uganda.  Kidsway Education Center is a very well run school. I met Gabriel when he was my … Continue reading

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Playground for a Remote Peruvian School

Last week, our playground installation work in the Cusco/Sacred Valley region started up again.  It had been temporary halted by COVID-19 concerns.  This time the playground was installed at a school in Suyo, Peru. The equipment was fabricated and installed … Continue reading

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More Hand-washing Stations for the Rwenzori Mountain Communities

Our NGO, Playgrounds Everywhere, recently sent 8 additional hand-washing stations to Kyarumba, Uganda, at the southern end of the Rwenzori Mountains (near the border with DR of the Congo).  Ugandan officials are requiring 2 stations at each school.  These 8 … Continue reading

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LDS Church Buildings Post Epidemic

Are contemporary LDS Church buildings dinosaurs in a post-epidemic church? Two of the more liberal LDS blogs have been speculating on how the Church and its many auxiliaries will emerge after the current epidemic abates.  Most of those commenting feel … Continue reading

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Adding Local Cultural Enhancements to Our Global Playgrounds

We’ve been searching for ways to give our global playgrounds a more local flavor.  One thing we have started doing in Peru is to add 2 cows atop school swing sets (typically the highest point of a playground). The most … Continue reading

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