Dinner Table Conversations


Dinner table conversations: here is a list of articles we think your family may enjoy reading and discussing around the dinner table. A graphic is attached to each story with questions that can facilitate a thoughtful family conversation. Bon appetit.

Faith playing a role in Hollywood: Religion in movies a new form of education experts say

With new religious movies steamrolling to theaters in the near future, religious experts are saying religion in the movies is a form of education and a new medium. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2013


Woman plans to hand out obesity letters to trick-or-treaters this Halloween

One woman from Fargo, N.D., identified as Cheryl, has decided that rather than handing out candy to every trick-or-treater who comes to her door, she will send a... Read more »

Oct. 30, 2013


Halloween haunts: Is scare factor frightful or delightful?

Troy Barber's six kids are somewhat divided on what makes a good scare. Five of them love being haunted, while the sixth would be delighted to miss the whole thing. Read more »

Oct. 29, 2013


Paralympian wows with humorous, colorful Halloween costumes

When Josh Sundquist was 9, his leg was amputated to save his life after he was diagnosed with a form of cancer, Ewing's sarcoma. Now 29, he's a Paralympian, a... Read more »

Oct. 24, 2013


Navigating the difficult path of grief

Each grief is different, getting through it unique. Sometimes surviving a loss means both holding tight and letting go. Read more »

Oct. 23, 2013


Will working longer hours ever end?

A new study shows Americans are working longer hours — but are they working smarter? Read more »

Oct. 21, 2013


On concussions and football: Perspective from Steve Young's mom

Football still is America’s game, but there are cracks appearing here and there. At the forefront is the discussion of concussions. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2013


Senior silence: Talking about money with your aging parents might be hard, but it's worth it

Many seniors have not communicated their wishes about future health care or financial decisions to their children — potentially leaving their loved ones with... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2013


A woman's education is not wasted in the home

A mother’s implementation of ordinary, daily practices of health and safety make her the central influence in preserving and nurturing life. Read more »

Sept. 27, 2013


'Prosumption': Why just about everybody unwittingly works for free

People may think of themselves as sometimes producers and sometimes as consumers, but the growing trend of "prosumption" is leading people to work for free while they... Read more »

Sept. 23, 2013


Carrying a little extra weight? That may not be a bad thing, study says

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that those with a slightly higher than average BMI (25 - 34.9) may live as long or longer... Read more »

Sept. 22, 2013


50 things I want my daughter to know

Here are 50 tips, teachings, and mini love notes for my only daughter. These are also tidbits that I constantly need to remind myself of. Maybe some of them are items... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2013


Digital death: Preparing for your afterlife on the cloud

People know what to do with the physical things left behind after a loved one dies, but what about the digital legacy of social media sites, email accounts, digital... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2013


Patriotism can’t be defined by any one ideology

How you feel about attacking Syria has no relation to how patriotic you are. Read more »

Sept. 11, 2013


How to see a woman: A conversation between a father and son

It is a woman’s responsibility to dress herself in the morning. It is your responsibility to look at her like a human being regardless of what she is wearing. Read more »

Sept. 5, 2013


Avoiding 'summer slide': As one summer ends, plan now for 2014

Children who don’t exercise their brains during the summer months may suffer from “summer slide” — returning to school knowing less than before... Read more »

Sept. 5, 2013


Lawyers, judges debate 'under God' phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

One party was missing Wednesday in a Massachusetts courtroom where attorneys and judges debated whether the Pledge of Allegiance violated the equal rights of... Read more »

Sept. 4, 2013


Mom writes a letter to her sons' female Facebook friends: 'FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)'

Last night, as we sometimes do, our family sat around the dining-room table and looked through the summer’s social media photos. Read more »

Sept. 4, 2013


Consumer debt shifting around

Consumer debt is shifting around as mortgages are written off and Americans adjust their priorities. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2013


Report cards released for Utah schools; 56 percent earn either A or B grades

Utah schools received their report cards Tuesday morning with the release of new school grades based on proficiency in language arts, mathematics and science, and the... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2013


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