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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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.
I'm a believer in getting rid of things you don't need, but my dad's approach to belongings has made me reconsider.
As it turns out, a fascination with pennies is a family trait — although Christmas stockings in my family have changed. Still, I'll never look at pennies the same again.
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In researching an old piece of my grandmother's homework, I discovered a few things about myself, her and a syndicated columnist from 1965.
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One short moment changed my perspective on my most famous childhood memory.
Family members may be spread far and wide, but searching cemetery records online can bring them closer.