The Ghosts of Old Iron Town

Whether you’ve lived somewhere for a long time or you grew up there, one thing is most likely true: You probably haven’t seen as much as visitors have. Since returning back to my hometown, I’m finding new stories and faint memories from childhood on some of my return visits. When friends visiting southern Utah on Labor Day invite me on a trip to the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, I decide to join and learn more about an area I’ve lived in for years but haven’t really known. Although Old Iron Town may seem like a small cluster of bricks from fallen ruins or a worn-out dome, these structures hold a place for my imagination as I wander through pathways and bricks. Continue Reading ›

The Art of Zion National Park

Living in southern Utah usually elicits questions surrounding the two popular National Parks Bryce Canyon and Zion. People often tell me, “I’m so jealous you live in Utah! I love Utah!” and they continue to tell me how much they admire the unique landscape and scenery of this part of the United States. I’m not surprised or rolling my eyes at their comments, but living somewhere we often neglect being tourists in our own backyard. Making a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park usually means you have to plan a day to make your way up the canyon and I hadn’t thought much about visiting Zion after my fateful hike on Angels Landing. However the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary changed all of that, and to my surprise I experienced Zion like I hadn’t before. Leaving a place I’ve known for years and then returned to, I have a refreshed perspective and see things I didn’t before. Working in the arts I find the process is the same. After spending days at the office finding the latest videos and podcasts about Shakespeare and making plans to see shows, I sometimes need a break and a visit to Zion National Park provided more for my creativity. Continue Reading ›

Inspiration on National Wildlife Day

Besides world travel, there has always been something else that has been close to my heart: animals.  During my childhood I had an affinity for animals whether I was a pet store or a zoo.  Some of the best memories of growing up are of my pet beagle, Snoopy.  Although I ate burgers for a few months aspiring to be like the Archie Comics character Jughead, it was replaced by years of being vegetarian and only eating chicken when my mom insisted I do so to make it easier on her cooking itinerary.  Even as an adult I still prefer to eat vegetarian and love animals, but there are many other ways to celebrate and advocate for the preservation of animals.  By supporting organizations that rehabilitate animals and educate the public about conservation, we can all be a part of National Wildlife Day, founded in memory of Steve Irwin.  To show you how incredible wildlife is, I’m sharing a few photos of animals from my travels to show you why it’s important to conserve the lives of animals throughout the world. Continue Reading ›

Conservation at Red Butte Garden

No matter where I go, one item is always on the travel itinerary: gardens.  Museums and hiking may find their way on my list of things to see, but gardens are always on the top of the list.  However, I’ve come to find that my affinity for gardens is more than my desire to get to the outdoors.  Gardens are more than being with nature and pretty flowers, they’re also about promoting conservation through knowledge and inspiration.  Luckily for me, a recent visit to the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Trisha provides me with all of these things.  Having recently toured the gardens, Trisha provides me with a few interesting tidbits from her tour. Continue Reading ›

William Shakespeare: Fashionista

If I were to ask you whom you would consider a fashion expert, you’d probably respond with top name designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel or Edith Head.  The last person you’d think of is famous classical English playwright William Shakespeare.  Most of the time, Shakespeare is associated with memories of English homework you didn’t want to do or yet another assignment about Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.  It may surprise you to find that Shakespeare was actually quite fashion savvy.  As a current staff member for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I’ve found Shakespeare has numerous clothing and fashion references and what better time to share them than for the Beverley Center for the Arts opening July 7-9 in Cedar City, Utah?  In honor of this festive occasion, here are some of Shakespeare’s fashion observations from Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Julius Caesar, the three Shakespeare productions at the Festival this season. Continue Reading ›