Amy Choate-Nielsen
Amy Choate-Nielsen is a special projects reporter for the Deseret News where she covers a variety of in-depth issues, including the environment, public welfare and education. Since joining the paper in 2004, she has covered municipal politics in Utah County as well as the west side of Salt Lake County. As a Utah transplant originally from Connecticut, Amy graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo with a degree in print journalism, a minor in English and a love of the Beehive State. She lives in the suburbs with her husband and two children.

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Seeing my dad's old collection of stamps reminded me how valuable heirlooms can be.
I realized how my parents must feel as they encounter new technology and see their children integrate it into their lives. And when I realized the 1960s weren't that long ago, I felt really old.
New Year's Eve celebrations aren't always a party — but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Christmas in the Choate household was pretty typical. Stockings, advent calendars and presents were all there — but one big, particularly fat and jolly, red-suited elf was not.
I love to read "A Christmas Carol" every year, but my favorite character might not be who you think.
I called my dad to ask him about his birthday. The answer he gave me shed a lot of light on the way I was raised. Now I know why he taught me to question everything.
I'm terrible at remembering birthdays. Now that another year has gone by, I still haven't learned my lesson.
My children have something in common with their great-grandmother whom they never actually met: a love of salt. It's a thing — I have it too.
As I try to keep my kids out of my jewelry drawer, I am reminded of my mother's jewelry box and her mother's jewelry box.
As I go through my boxes of old treasures that have lost some of their shine, I wonder what to save, what to toss and what will be worth hundreds of dollars on eBay 10 years from now.