Entries by Babs De Lay

Water, Water

  “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink” is from a poem from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge. Imagine living with a view of the Great Salt Lake and knowing that all that water south of Willard Bay is undrinkable. It might gnaw at you knowing that being surrounded […]

If Wishes Were Fishes

It’s that time of the year when many folks make new years resolutions. Hell, I stopped doing that years ago because I was a failure at keeping my promises to myself. It would be more appropriate to say what I wish for, dream about, to wit: -that anyone living in a major Utah city must […]

Green Money Savings

I think it’s safe to say that we all want to have a healthy planet and that anything we can do to be greener and more eco-friendly will help, even just a little.  Owning a home and attempting to go greener can be costly, but a recent study from Rewiring America has come up with […]

Are You Thriving?

You might have heard the term ‘thriving in place’ as of late when it comes to Salt Lake City and the City Council. What does it mean and how does it impact you and I? If you want to do some deep diving on your own skip ahead and go to www.thrivinginplaceslc.org and you can […]


I haven’t written an Op-Ed piece in years, but after reading Chris Warton’s words in the October 5th City Weekly endorsing his ‘boss’, current Mayor Mendenhall, I feel I have to correct him and point out the flaws in his argument that we should all vote for her. Chris is my representative at City Council […]

First Timers

With home mortgage rates hovering at or close to 8%, more and more buyers are finding it harder and harder to either qualify for a mortgage payment or find a livable property in their price range. I recently began working with a couple, first time buyers who could qualify for a home @$500,000. They didn’t […]


We are the most popular state these days with many of our cities experiencing amazing growth.  Southern Utah is especially exploding with big and small businesses alike moving there.  If you haven’t heard there’s a mega-resort called Black Desert Resort, pay attention. This luxury golf, dining and hotel /condo project sits on 630 acres in […]

Urban Accolades

Utah continues to get accolades from around the country. U.S. News and World Report found our state the best state in the nation overall for 2023, for things like fiscal stability, tourism, education and health care, our natural environment, infrastructure, and low crime. Washington State took second place, whereas Hawaii got #1 for health care […]

Movie Trivia

This month is the 30th anniversary of a small little film shot behind several homes in Glendale, just west of downtown Salt Lake City. It is a story about kids who play baseball on a dirt lot back in the summer of 1962 that has become over the years a sweet cult film. The simple […]

Mud Man 2023

I had to laugh being a veteran ‘Burner’ for almost two decades at social media and news posts that came into Burning Man this past Labor Day weekend. From Mike Lee declaring the flood on the Playa as ‘God’s Judgement’ on us for ‘for engaging in lewd and sexually charged events at the festival’ to […]