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Food for Thought: A 911 Dispatcher Hears the Hidden Plea for Help When a Woman Orders Pizza

The secret to effective communication is a widely overlooked action that few of us seriously try and even fewer do well: listening. Not just closing your mouth periodically to politely…

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If Utah Were an Island

What if Utah were an island? OK, I know what you’re thinking, but I mean the kind of island that is near sea level, surrounding by lovely beaches and not…

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The Height of Absurdity? Revisiting the Impact of Altitude, Oxygen, and Serotonin on Suicide Rates

Though I disagreed with some of the arguments made in the film Believer,  as discussed in my previous post, it did help me to better appreciate how serious our problem…

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Thinking DIfferently About Same-sex Attraction: A Valuable Presentation from Jeff Robinson

One of the highlights of this week’s 2018 FairMormon Conference for me was the presentation by Dr. Jeff Robinson, “Thinking Differently About Same-sex Attraction.” Dr. Robinson has a Ph.D. in…

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The High Suicide Rate in the Mountain States: Possible Effect of Altitude

The relatively higher suicide rates in Utah and other Mountain States has often been blamed on Mormonism or the culture of the Mountain West or the ready availability of guns,…

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Reaching Out to the Suicidal – And My Little Cell Phone Miracle

I’m glad to see Church magazines dealing more with some of the gritty issues of life. The Feb. 2007 New Era magazine, aimed at youth, has an excellent Q&A section…

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