Category: Mapleton Mom

Gumballs and food storage

Gumballs and food storage

by Chris Hash. When my son was about four, he started eyeing the gumball machines at the grocery store with great interest. A gumball cost a quarter, and I let him have one once. My mistake – soon he was asking for a quarter every time we went to the store, even though the answer was usually no. Finally, one […]

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At this time of year

At this time of year

by Chris Hash. At this time of year, I sometimes wonder if, in the midst of all the holiday grandeur – Mormon Tabernacle Choir concerts with famous guests; world-record breaking Nativity scenes; beautiful Christmas, presents, and fancy Christmas food – well, maybe I should say, I sometimes think that … … we all too easily forget the true details of the actual story. […]

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Lessons from Maple Mountain

Lessons from Maple Mountain

by Chris Hash. When my husband and daughter started biking Maple Canyon, I thought it would be great if I could bike it too. But being much more inclined to eat chocolate than to exercise, I figured that doing something like biking Maple Canyon was w-a-a-a-y out of my league. Then I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. Maybe you […]

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Planting seeds

Planting seeds

by Chris Hash. This year I’ve been planting a small garden from seed. It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, and I had forgotten how much I love to watch things grow. Watching the seeds coming up in my garden now is bringing me a lot of joy. But something else I forgot – or maybe never quite knew – […]

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Closer than you think

Closer than you think

by Chris Hash. The other day I was browsing through the collectibles at the Deseret Industries thrift store in Provo, when I saw …. a serger! A Pfaff serger. One that looked just like the little workhorse Pfaff serger sitting in my sewing room. I asked to have a look at it. It wasn’t threaded, so I couldn’t tell if […]

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Men In Pink

Men In Pink

by Chris Hash. [Courtesy photo via Facebook. Used with permission.] I saw this photo on Facebook the other day. It made me smile. “Who are these guys?” you may be asking. They’re a group of Dads and school administrators who showed up at their kids’ elementary school, donned pink shirts, and served up muffins for the school’s annual “Moms and […]

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The quiet life of a community

The quiet life of a community

by Chris Hash. The other day I went to the Mapleton Farmer’s Market, where you can buy local produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. While I was there, a father walked into the parking lot,  pulling a little red wagon. Accompanied by his two small children about ages 4 and 6, he pulled into a stall and set up shop. […]

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9-11: Never Forget

9-11: Never Forget

by Chris Hash. Today is the anniversary of September 11, the day that changed everything forever. I remember it distinctly. It was so horrifying, and yet somehow surreal. I remember that I was fixing lunches for the kids and helping my daughter with her reading when my husband came rushing downstairs to turn on the TV. I remember all of […]

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Mostly in the mind

Mostly in the mind

by Chris Hash. My friends and I hike Whiting Canyon several times a week. Recently, we decided we would start biking at least a part of it. We are middle-aged moms, and our goal was modest: We just wanted to bike a little bit further each day, than the day before. Whiting Canyon starts out with a killer hill. That […]

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Because I have a nose

Because I have a nose

by Chris Hash. Today, on my usual early morning walk, I was looking at the beautiful world all around me. I stopped to smell the sweetness of pink milkweed blossoms along the side of the road. As I sometimes do, I began offering a litany of thanks for common things. “Dear God, thank you for this beautiful morning. Thank thee […]

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To the graduates

To the graduates

by Chris Hash. My youngest child graduates from high school this week. In this time of transition, I find myself contemplative. It has been over 30 years since I graduated from high school. Watching lives (including my own) unfold over those 30+ years has been fascinating. Life has a way of teaching lessons. Here are a few I think I’ve […]

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Clutter must go “Pouf!”

Clutter must go “Pouf!”

by Chris Hash. The other day my husband, ever the real estate professional, pointed out a newspaper article. I read the title and choked on a fit of laughter. The article was on staging a home for sale. The title was “Clutter Must Go Pouf!” I laughed so hard I almost hurt myself. Why? Because I have never, ever seen […]

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Downsizing Christmas

Downsizing Christmas

It’s that time of year again … when we can no longer avoid taking down the Christmas decorations. Taking them down isn’t nearly as much fun as putting them up was, and so the process tends to be procrastinated. But, there comes a time. For us, the task is larger this year: With the empty nest approaching, we decided it’s […]

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What do we tell the children about Sandy Hook?

What do we tell the children about Sandy Hook?

by Chris Hash. When something horrific happens like the tragedy in Connecticut, it reaches far beyond the bounds of where it happened. It puts a chill into every heart as people naturally ask, “What if it happened here?” Schools ask, “What would we do? How can we prevent something like this?” Parents ask, “What if it were my child?” And children […]

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Wake up call

by Chris Hash. There are no words for what happened in Connecticut today. My daughter came home from school and the first words out of her mouth were, “Can you explain to me why a man walks into a school and kills 20 children?” I can’t. Senseless violence is just that – senseless. But it is also a somber wake […]

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Winter garden, late November 2012

Winter garden, late November 2012

It’s almost December, and the winter garden that I planted in August and September is doing great! Chard, lettuce, spinach, onions, and kale are all crisp, green, and ready to eat. The winter garden is in two garden boxes in my backyard. One box is a cold frame covered with a chicken wire/plastic top that is easily lifted off the […]

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Opinion: Fine Arts at Maple Mountain High School

Opinion: Fine Arts at Maple Mountain High School

by Chris Hash. I was very impressed as I came home from Maple Mountain High School’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun” the other night. This high school musical was as good as any community theater I have seen, and was closing in on some of the professional theater I’ve attended. The show was lively, fast-paced, and fun to watch. […]

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Politics, personal responsibility, and preparedness

by Chris Hash. It’s been a big week. Like many of you, I have spent a lot of time in serious post-election reflection. No matter what your political persuasions or your thoughts about the election results, there’s no denying that there’s a lot of unrest in our world. And it isn’t getting better. It’s easy to feel frustrated, maybe even […]

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Moms and Muffins: Musings

Moms and Muffins: Musings

by Chris Hash. This morning I braved the sleety rain to go over to Hobble Creek Elementary to cover the PTA-sponsored Moms and Muffins event. I have always been impressed with the level of parental involvement in our community, and this morning was no exception: the place was packed. In fact, it was a bit of a zoo as parents […]

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Winter Garden, part II

Winter Garden, part II

Six weeks ago, it was beastly hot, and nothing was growing in the garden but weeds – a testament to my neglect and perpetual purple thumb. Nonetheless, intrigued with the idea of a winter garden, I decided to plant again. I chose cold-hardy plants: chard, onions, spinach, kale, and winter lettuce. Six weeks later, it’s a lovely, cool, rainy, early-fall day. […]

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