Baby Eagle Survives Fire

In this Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, the burn wounds are cleaned on a 70-day-old golden eagle in Ogden, Utah, that was feared lost but found burned, still alive, on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs. The raptor was taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Ogden where it was nicknamed “Phoenix.” (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

Stories of survival under impossible odds are always inspirational. This story, of a baby golden eagle, is that and more. Read how a “phoenix” rises from the ashes.

Frida Kahlo: Light of Inspiration

Excuses abound, but true reasons are few, for why I can’t do something. God has given me something to do in this world. Just in case I lose focus and stray from my path, God has provided lights of inspiration along my way.

One of those lights of inspiration is Frida Kahlo. July 6 (1907) is the birthday of this woman

Frida Kahlo:

artist who endured a life of pain yet never stopped creating. Celebrated worldwide, Frida Kahlo depicted Mexican and indigenous cultural tradition, combining those traditions with Realism and Symbolism. She created art from her own reality — giving expression to the female form and experience.

Kahlo survived polio and a horrific bus accident in her youth and for her lifetime, endured great pain. Yet, amidst her pain, she created more than 200 works of art. Kahlo died July 13, 1954, in Coyoacán, near Mexico City, where she was born.

Museo Frida Kahlo is teaming up with Vogue Mexico for “Appearances Can be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo.” Read more in the October 10, 2012 story:


4th of July

PATRIOTIC BASKET: © Joseph Helfenberger |

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

— Erma Bombeck