May 9, 2020

Voices from the Dust

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I drive long hours every day. I might perish of tedium if I didn’t have audio to listen to. I usually start my day by listening to a couple chapters of the Book of Mormon followed by an hour of singing lessons. I love to study Mormon scripture and history, for it reminds me where I have come from and what I believe. I believe we can learn so much from the successes and failures
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April 21, 2020

The PLAGUE

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One day I was out trucking and I met The Plague. He was sinister and foreboding and looked like a politician. I asked him where he was going and he answered, “ I am sweeping over the land with the intention to wipe out 3,000 people.” Naturally, I hightailed it out of there fast. A few weeks later I was driving along and there he was again in a flowing black cape. The Plague stood
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April 9, 2020

Wake Up!

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WAKE UP ME, you, them, and us! What have we learned from history? After observing many comments, complaints, and sentiments concerning the current coronavirus situation, especially from those who once called themselves FLDS, my noggin’ has been a coggin’. Some compare the present circumstances of mandatory government requirements to our religious leaders and their requirements. I offer my thoughts for whatever it’s worth. Do I expect to tickle your fancy and become your favorite person
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March 16, 2020

TP Mother Load

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I never thought I’d see the day when toilet paper would become the new bomb shelter. Last week my route took me to Rapid City, South Dakota. Lucky me. The day I arrived to unload was the same day five new cases of Corona showed up. I don’t mean the beer kind of Corona cases. I’m talkin’ the virus brand of Corona. Somebody put out a sign that read, “Truckers, we WANT your cargo, but
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February 29, 2020

The Brew that is True

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One day when I was about four years old, I was “working” alongside my father in his vegetable garden. The Arizona sun shone relentlessly, and we were dripping with exertion. Of course I was working. It was rather taxing to sit and watch him hoe those weeds. My mother brought Father a cold beer, and nothing had ever looked so refreshing. It was ice cold, slushy, and golden, and I promptly asked for a taste.
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February 14, 2020

The Green and Orange Heart

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The time had finally arrived. I had made it! My dream of six years had at last come true. First grade!  What could be more awesome? The year wore on without a hitch. Everything was perfect. After all, I was on top of the pile. I was accepted by my peers as one of the “neat kids”. And why shouldn’t I be? I was top of class. I was the smallest little squiggle on the
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February 3, 2020

Chivalry Is Dead?

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In the old days, they always said, “Ladies before Gentlemen.” These days…well…times have changed. Is it Ladies before Gentlemen, or is it Dudes before Broads? Which should it be? It depends on who you ask. A couple years ago when I first started solo truck driving, one day I pulled into a Receiver and parked by another female trucker. “Hey! Another Lady Trucker,” I said cheerily. Uh oh. Shift. Reverse. My friendly greeting was perceived
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January 19, 2020

They Have Prepared the Gallows

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I am in the habit of studying history and human nature. The most interesting creatures on earth are humans. Some of them are like beasts of prey, watching for every opportunity to pounce upon the small and unsuspecting minority. Some people are like birds, whom God has endowed with wings to swiftly carry them to safety beyond the reach of the carnivore’s teeth and lolling tongue that thirsts for blood. Over a number of years
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December 27, 2019

The F Word

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Life is Beautiful! Life is horrible? It all depends on your perspective. Is your glass half full or half empty? Is your holiday butter rum cake half gone, or do you still have half left over? Chances are our butter rum cake is ALL gone and we have chunkier cheeks than we did last week, us little fatties. All jesting aside, I ask this question? Do we have the power within ourselves to encourage ourselves?
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December 23, 2019

The Lovely of You

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I wrote this love song for my children and many more lovelies I call my own.   https://teachertailortrucker.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Lovely-of-You-MIX-12.8.19-_1.mp3          
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December 12, 2019

What Will Dilly Do?

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I just published a BRAND NEW book in my SquarePeg Storybooks series. This story is about a girl who doesn’t fit in. Try as she might, she’s just not like everyone else. Nobody wants to hire her because her image is a bit…off. But no matter how others behave, she keeps her chin up and won’t give up. What does she do? She goes truckin’! https://www.amazon.com/What-Will-Dilly-Do-Storybooks-ebook/dp/B082BCWMVC I had loads of fun writing this book and
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November 28, 2019

For the Gift

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Today is Turkey Day, the day that tradition and marketing say I must be thankful. If I am a good little Mainstreamer, I show my gratitude by wishing everyone a merry Thanksgiving and by purchasing orange and gold paraphernalia to fancy up my truck. Since I am out trucking a long ways from home, I can benefit from the holiday by stopping at Petro or TA somewhere on the Ten to inhale a turkey dinner.
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November 17, 2019

Men Are Brainwashed

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I wonder…Do men wash their hair with battery acid? I suspect it soaks through and eats up the brain. Recently I parked my semi-truck at a Walmart shopping center somewhere in New Mexico and bee bopped inside to stock up on groceries. My lucky day. I didn’t know Walmart had a theater. Yep. Right there in the beef jerky aisle. Drama, and I mean drama. It was like deeper than deep. Deeper than the Marianas
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November 10, 2019

Introducing Dilly

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This is the second installment in my new children’s book series SquarePeg Storybooks soon to publish on Amazon. What Will Dilly Do? is a tale of pluck told in rhyme. I had fun writing it, had fun imagining the characters, and had great fun working with my awesome illustrator Filipa in making the story come to life in drawings. Though the characters are fictitious, this is actually a true story.
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November 3, 2019

The Suicide Paradox

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Seriously? You want to know what I think. Are you sure? I was recently contacted by a Utah journalist for a comment on the subject of suicide among FLDS and ex-FLDS. I expect my contribution was solicited in order to provide a small splash of alternate opinion to give the illusion of opposition to the overwhelming majority, about as effective as one drop of hydrogen peroxide added to an entire ocean of despair. As I
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October 27, 2019

Who Am I?

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Who am I? What do I stand for? These days if you want to see sparks fly and get punched in the noggin’, you talk about religion or politics. Most people have pretty strong opinions about God and Donald Trump, not to mention a gazillion more subjects. People tend to react strongly if you say anything black, or white, or sometimes gray. And talk about the rainbow? Oh, my. Folks see red and you get
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October 20, 2019

I Am a Better Person

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We should be able to say that because of our association with one another, “I am a better person having known you.” Years ago I heard this story which found a permanent spot in my memory. A Spanish girl named Elizabeth told the story about a sweet and unusual friendship between her mother and an old native Indian woman from Central America who came to their home often. With each visit, the Indian woman gave
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October 14, 2019

My New Books

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Holy bovine! It’s official. I actually have a real live, cuter-than-a-bug children’s book published in eBook, paperback, and hardback available on both Amazon and Ingram Spark outlets. The CAT MEOW EBook ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-3-0 Paperback ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-0-9 Hardback IBN: .‍978-1-7340024-4-7 https://smile.amazon.com/Cat-Meow-nobody-myself-Storybooks/dp/1734002409   I also published my memoir WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN. My perspective is from the other side of the mountain of opinions. Personally, I think it’s a beautiful story. Not popular, but if I was
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September 29, 2019

Example and Precept

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My father had lots of fun ways to teach lessons. One day he put a bowl of candy on his desk. Sure enough pieces of candy began to disappear throughout the next several days. One night he came home for prayer time and brought the bowl of candy with him. He pointed out that several pieces of candy were gone. “Did I offer anyone a piece of candy?” he asked. We all looked around the
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September 14, 2019

Ahead and Behind?

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Last week I was trucking near Tucson and saw an IN-N-Out Burger joint. It is particularly dangerous for me to be hungry while driving a semi-truck and come upon In-N-Out. Something about those freshly cooked French fries with the pink pickle sauce has me hitting the brakes and looking for a place to park. Give me forty acres and I’ll turn this rig around, right? Not sure if they mean my truck or my backside.
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