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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Got talent? Special Needs Mutual sure does

By Ty Rogers

March 17, 2009 | LOGAN -- The auditorium at Mount Logan Middle School looked more like a scene from American Idol than a talent show Thursday night. Special Needs Mutual hosted another talent show this year with a great turnout.

"We started in a tiny church, and now we are in this huge auditorium," said master of ceremonies and volunteer Benji Christenson.

Hundreds of cell phone lights lit up in support for every act. There were nearly 30 performances in all and talents included jokes, singing, dancing and poems. Individual skills were put on display as well in form of a classic mime scene, a jump rope act, piano playing and a demonstration of basketball skills.

Every performer met the roaring applause with either a bow or a curtsey. The acts were well prepared and executed with no embarrassment. Many well deserved standing ovations were given throughout the night. The crowd showed the same amount of enthusiasm for the first act, as they did the last. The show closed with a final performance of I Saw a Bear by all the participants and advisers.

Emcee Christenson has been involved with Special Needs Mutual as a volunteer with the talent show for 12 years. The performance is generally held on the first Thursday in March each year.



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