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A Walk in the Park—Ring it In!

Illustration by Esther Wilkin By Marty Halverson On New Year’s Eve a few years ago I was sitting at the kitchen table with my journal while Dee stood in his socks, facing away from me, seasoning his famous Enthusiastic Stew (he puts everything he’s got into it). Compiling a list of resolutions, I said, “What Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Christmas Eve

By Marty Halverson Did he come yet?     Wow! That was fast. He’s already in my rear-view mirror!   Hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Thanks to the Garden Park crew for clearing our sidewalks after a huge Christmas Eve snowstorm. I’m a night-owl, and while I was up at 2:am listening for sleigh Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Slow Down!

It’s a Wonderful Life By Marty Halverson  “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Sometimes my Christmas packages are tied up with guilt—the zest I had on Thanksgiving starts to seep out until I feel like a tired balloon. So many people to see, so many places to be, so Continue Reading

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A Walk in the Park—A Nod and a Wink

 By Marty Halverson     Some folks are just naturally merry. Take St. Nicholas, for instance. Can you imagine him complaining about the cold? Or feeling sorry for himself because he works 24/7? He’s a jolly old soul whose main goal in life is to make us smile. December 6th is St. Nicholas Day. Children in Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Starting the Season

Art from A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy By Marty Halverson Don’t look now . . . the season’s just begun! Back in the day, Christmas started at Grama’s house. She was “chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,” soft and squishy like a well-loved stuffed toy. She had gray hair most of the time, Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Speaking of Neighbors …

By Marty Halverson Who says hooper “hupper”? A girl from Hooper, Utah, that’s who! Donna Hamblin was a native Hooper-ite and lived there until she was fourteen, when her family moved to Ogden. After her marriage she lived in California for a couple of years and then came back and settled in Tooele. (Who says Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Fast Friends

By Marty Halverson Look quick because these guys will soon be gone. Terry and Connie Brennan have had a short stay in Garden Park. They moved here last spring in a convoluted way from New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona to be near a daughter who lives just past the roundabout in Daybreak. You may Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Apparitions

By Marty Halverson If you visit Garden Park Village this time of year you might be spooked by what you see. The first scary sight is the ghoul with the camera.  (Run for your lives!) She’s on the look-out for the walking dead. Eerie … Alarming, Chilling. (Too bad she didn’t know about the convenient Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Test Your Memory

 By Marty Halverson   Do you know what this is?  If you do, you belong in Garden Park.  Everybody had one back in the day.  I’ll tell you the secret of its popularity. Back, at the dawn of style, the Flip made its debut. There were many versions, but Mary’s was the ultimate goal. It was important Continue Reading

A Walk in the Park—Halloween Treat

  By Marty Halverson   Garden Park may be a +55 community, but there are lots of little folks running races on the greens or playing hide and seek in the natural grass that surrounds the garden plots. I’ve seen them hitting croquet balls, eating ice cream cones and turning cartwheels for adoring audiences. I’ve Continue Reading


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