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Exploring Utah with the family: Pete, me, Whitney and Jace

Welcome,

In third grade I carried a notebook everywhere and wrote stories, planning to be a writer someday. The earliest story I recall was about a little girl moving and unpacking in her new home. She was excited about her new neighborhood and her family had futuristic, clear-plastic furniture that she could assemble by herself. Sadly, none of those early story collections survived my family’s frequent moves.

Since then I’ve been a babysitter, a dishwasher in a music theater, a nightclub janitor (gross but there was dropped cash and lost lipsticks and jewelry galore), cocktail waitress, food server, daily newspaper reporter and editor, Silicon Valley content producer, ad agency freelancer, newsletter writer, stay-at-home mother, aspiring novelist and newspaper columnist.

I went to Fresno High School, Fresno City College and CSU Fresno. I’ve lived in California, Massachusetts, Singapore and the Boston suburbs. (And Spain, if you count six weeks in 1992 as ‘living,’ which I did, pretending to be en expat in Seville despite speaking only enough Spanish to confuse). Now I’m in Park City, Utah, with a family, dog, to-do lists, chores and notebooks. This is a notebook of sorts.

Let me know your thoughts as you read – input always welcome!

Michelle Martin Deininger

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