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Last Updated Aug 30, 2015 04:45PM

Another state ranking list has popped up on the Internet. Depending on your point of view, Utah didn’t fare so well. Again. Unlike other lists that have specifically referenced prescription drug abuse, depression, happiness, quality of life, income, ACT scores and suicide rates, this one appears to be wide open. In a post on the food/travel website Thrillest that later showed up on MSN, list authors Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch described their research this way: “It’s time to use the perfectly American cliché ‘go big or go home’ and …

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  • Kirby: Coping with post-traumatic church syndrome
    I just finished reading “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing,” by Reba Riley. Her book caught my eye because I suffer enormo...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 09:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 13, 2009 file photo, American Airlines flight attendant Renee Schexnaildre demonstrates the overhead baggage area during a media preview of the airline's new Boeing 737-800 jets, at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Global airlines on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 announced a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File) Kirby: I have a fear of flying ... next to awful passengers
    My wife and I leave for England in a few weeks. I’ve checked the map and discovered that London is much farther away than Las Vegas or Denver. Fly all...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:20 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Robert Kirby herds cattle in Range Creek Canyon, on a cattle drive from the desert lowlands to the high mountain pastures of the Tavaputs Plateau, Saturday, June 14, 2014 Kirby: What does a gay scoutmaster do in the woods?
    A couple of times each year, Sonny and I work at Tavaputs Ranch. We drive to hell and gone, up on a plateau overlooking Desolation Canyon where we wor...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:02 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Thank goodness for the celestial roofie
    One of the first dates my wife and I went on before getting married was seeing “Saturday’s Warrior.” This was in 1975, after the play was already a b...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share


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Team Kirby: Wrestling with animal rights
    Last week’s pig-wrestling event at the Utah County Fair in Spanish Fork featured a surprise floor show wherein humans wrestled other humans in the mud...
    Updated Aug 18 2015 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
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Joe Tuttle, left foreground, and Amber Van Dusen massage each other's feet, while Scott Nelsen and Kori Keylon are on the couch during a Kirby: Snuggle with strangers? No thanks
    Confession time. Two months ago, I slept with another guy. His name is RJ. We spent the entire night alone in the same bed. Nothing happened. The nig...
    Updated Aug 20 2015 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
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A statue of a Boy Scout stands in front of the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Kirby: As for me and my house, we don’t support the Boy Scouts. Sort of.
    First, I have to admit that I have fond memories of my Boy Scout years. Scouting was one of the few constants in my family’s nomadic military life. N...
    Updated Aug 14 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this June 11, 2015, photo, a DJI Phantom 3 drone is flown by Matthew Creger, marketing director for Intelligent UAS, during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers in Cordova, Md. The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Kirby: If I can’t have a drone, no one can
    I will not own or operate any drones. My wife announced this amendment to our ongoing nuptial agreement as we watched a news story about drones interf...
    Updated Aug 10 2015 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Have gripes, will travel
    After being dragged from one military post to another by the Old Man when I was young, I like having one place to call home. I also like staying there...
    Updated Aug 10 2015 07:55 pm   |     |   Share
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People look at pictures of the smooth, brown, egg-sized rock shown in the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon following a news conference on Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library, in Salt Lake City. Kirby: I’ve got my own version of Joseph Smith’s seer stone
    The LDS Church recently released information about — and pictures of — the seer stone said to have been used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of ...
    Updated Aug 07 2015 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Robert Kirby  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The 20th annual HellFire rocket launch at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Kirby: Year 20 of blowing $#*% up in the desert (with video)
    The Utah Rocket Club celebrated its 20th-annual HellFire launch over the weekend. As we do most years, Sonny and I drove out to a remote area north of...
    Updated Aug 03 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Hulk gets angry in Kirby: Here’s the one superpower I want
    If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying? Invisibility? Strength? It doesn’t even have to be super. It could just be an exceptiona...
    Updated Aug 18 2015 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Are you laughing at ‘The Book of Mormon’ for the right reasons?
    Right up front, this is not a review of “The Book of Mormon” musical currently being performed at the Capitol Theatre. It’s just what I saw. Truthful...
    Updated Aug 29 2015 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
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Courtesy  |  Jessica Hughes Photography Kirby: Music and the broken world
    You got a favorite song, one that you might want played or sung at your funeral? I never did. I always thought funerals were for the living. If they h...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
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The 20th annual HellFire rocket launch at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Kirby: Year 20 of blowing $#*% up in the desert (with video)
    The Utah Rocket Club celebrated its 20th-annual HellFire launch over the weekend. As we do most years, Sonny and I drove out to a remote area north of...
    Updated Aug 03 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Hulk gets angry in Kirby: Here’s the one superpower I want
    If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying? Invisibility? Strength? It doesn’t even have to be super. It could just be an exceptiona...
    Updated Aug 18 2015 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Are you laughing at ‘The Book of Mormon’ for the right reasons?
    Right up front, this is not a review of “The Book of Mormon” musical currently being performed at the Capitol Theatre. It’s just what I saw. Truthful...
    Updated Aug 29 2015 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
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Courtesy  |  Jessica Hughes Photography Kirby: Music and the broken world
    You got a favorite song, one that you might want played or sung at your funeral? I never did. I always thought funerals were for the living. If they h...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
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Sgt. Lisa Pascadlo hands out stickers to kids camped out along the Pioneer Day parade route on Thursday night. Kirby: Exploring the not-so-dark underbelly of SLC before Pioneer Day
    Thursday evening rush hour was a two-way event in Salt Lake City. While tired workers abandoned the place, thousands of giddy curb dwellers descended ...
    Updated Jul 25 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: The LDS Church could diversify its leadership by calling me
    Still no call — phone or otherwise — regarding me being considered for a place in the LDS Quorum of the Twelve. I’m not surprised. Such a calling requ...
    Updated Jul 25 2015 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Don’t be a dummy this Pioneer Day
    Friday is the 168th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers. Depending on your point of view, this is something to celebrate or lament. Eith...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 08:04 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: In Utah, isn’t every day National Ice Cream Day?
    Today is a very important day for Utah. It’s every bit as significant to Utahns as are Pioneer Day, Fourth of July, and Disposable Diaper Invention Da...
    Updated Jul 19 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Being in charge never automatically makes anyone right — even Mormon leaders
    Last Sunday, the bishop in my LDS ward read the letter from the Brethren spelling out the church’s stand on traditional marriage, namely that it shoul...
    Updated Jul 22 2015 05:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Why you should read this column even though it’s not a list
    If you have spent more than a minute online you will have encountered a dubious form of journalism known as a “listicle.” Listicle is a web term for ...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 09:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby Classic: Five kinds of non-Mormons
    This classic Robert Kirby column originally was published in the collection “Sunday of the Living Dead” in 1995. While Mormons tend to view gentiles a...
    Updated Jul 13 2015 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Robert Kirby Kirby: Would it be so bad if I were called as an LDS apostle?
    If you’re not LDS, you might want to stop reading right now. Today’s column only really concerns believing Mormons. Unless, of course, you’re just idl...
    Updated Jul 13 2015 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
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