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THE LAUNCH

THE LAUNCH

  Last week twenty-five students from Southern Virginia University gathered at my farm for a workshop with NFL Films filmmaker Chris Barlow. Chris and I worked together on “Steve Young: A Football Life,” which will debut on the NFL Network on October 7th. For two hours, Chris took s...

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WE WANT TO WRITE

WE WANT TO WRITE

Today Southern Virginia University is announcing that I will create and direct a new Institute for Writing and Mass Media. I’m thrilled by what this will mean for our students. And I’m grateful to my colleagues in publishing, television, print journalism, filmmaking and photography that...

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BELONGING

BELONGING

I’m sitting on an outdoor patio at a pizza joint overlooking the ocean in southeastern Connecticut. Sun-tanned pedestrians pass by in flip flops and tank tops. My wife and children are with me. We’re waiting for Susette Kelo to arrive for dinner.

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ALMOST HOME

ALMOST HOME

  It’s late on a Sunday afternoon and I’m backing a rental car full of teenagers into a tight space in the sprawling parking lot of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. A guy wearing a Rolling Stones baseball cap and talking on a cell phone is using his free hand to motion me back, back,...

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FEELING GRATEFUL

FEELING GRATEFUL

A few years ago I received a phone call from Sheri Dew, the publisher and CEO ofthe Deseret Book Company. She reads my blog and suggested it might make for an inspiring book to expand some of the blog posts I’d written about people who had wrestled with pain, loss, and hardship. She didn&rsqu...

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SELLING THE FARM

SELLING THE FARM

We are selling Rockspring Farm. That’s a line I never thought I’d write. In fact, when I telephoned my mother to give her the news she was literally speechless. I thought my cell phone had cut out. Then she finally whispered, “I never imagined you’d leave that place.”

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WE’RE NOT GAY, BUT …

WE’RE NOT GAY, BUT …

You’re about to read a partial transcript from a private phone conversation between a college senior and her mother. The call took place just a couple weeks ago from the campus where I teach. It began like this: “Mom, do you promise me that you will still talk to me and still love me if...

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UP AND UP

UP AND UP

(March 21, 2016) It’s late at night and I’m standing beside the stage at the Neptune Theater in Seattle. Other than a few roadies packing up guitars, the hall has emptied. Lydia and I are waiting for David Crosby to emerge from his dressing room after his two-hour acoustic performance....

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TIGER

TIGER

News from SIMON & SCHUSTER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Cary Goldstein, VP/Executive Director of Publicity, 212-698-1122Cary.Goldstein@simonandschuster.com Simon & Schuster to Publish In-Depth Biography of Tiger Woods by Bestselling Journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

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A SORT OF HOMECOMING

A SORT OF HOMECOMING

Friday, February 12, 2016Tonight I’m speaking to a few hundred lawyers at the annual meeting of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. As I write this post I’m on a plane. The woman beside me is watching “Downton Abbey” on an iPad (Mrs. Patm...

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MAKE A CHOICE

MAKE A CHOICE

Ever feel beaten down by life? Ever been betrayed? Wounded? Bitter? We’ve all been there. I have a new book called MAKE A CHOICE features 7 short stories about ordinary people who fought through extraordinary hardship to find happiness.

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VICTORIA’S NOT SO SECRET

VICTORIA’S NOT SO SECRET

A few days ago the Victoria’s Secret Swim 2016 catalog arrived in our mailbox. At first I thought we had received an advance copy of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. In other words, the swimsuit models aren’t wearing swimsuits. There’s a topless model drinking...

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BEAUTIFUL BOY

BEAUTIFUL BOY

This post is about John Lennon, guns, and my 19-year-old son’s decision NOT to go on a Mormon mission. This month is the 35th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. I remember where I was when I got the news – lying on the couch around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, 1980. I was 14 and...

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WITH GAY MORMONS

WITH GAY MORMONS

The last time I wrote a blog post I was in route to San Francisco to speak to a gathering of gay and lesbian Mormons. The event -- known in Mormon parlance as a “fireside” – was organized by bishop Jeff Wise, whose teenage son recently came out as gay. After an opening prayer, Sta...

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TRUE RELIGION

TRUE RELIGION

  Today I’m flying to San Francisco to speak to gay and lesbian Mormons in the Bay Area. The gathering will be Sunday night at a chapel in Menlo Park. Here’s a link to the invitation: LINK I give a lot of speeches to a wide variety of audiences around the U.S. Rarely do I spend as m...

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