Tuesday, January 31, 2017


I don't know about you,
but all the political controversy lately has me feeling
and helpless.

I'm comforted by the fact that the vast majority of my social media friends continue to express their compassion and love for their fellow men. The anger and debating that is so prevalent in the online world is largely absent from my Facebook newsfeed. Instead I see messages of hope, love, concern, and service-oriented action. I feel so blessed to be surrounded with such people.

I was e-mailing our senators yesterday, encouraging them to stand against some of the decisions I find most distressing, and I came across the resolution officially recognizing Jell-O as the Utah state snack.
I laughed and laughed at the serious silliness of it all!
It was a welcome reprieve from the more weighty matters.
Here's to Jell-O.

Be it resolved by the Senate of the state of Utah:
     WHEREAS, Jell-O® brand gelatin was introduced to the country in 1897, just one year after Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state;
     WHEREAS, Utah has been the number one per capita consumer of Jell-O® brand gelatin for many years;
      WHEREAS, Jell-O® is representative of good family fun, which Utah is known for throughout the world;
      WHEREAS, Salt Lake Magazine proclaimed Utah "the Jell-O® State" in a cover story in 1996;
      WHEREAS, Jell-O® brand gelatin recipes, which often include bananas, apples,
marshmallows, pretzels, carrots, and grapes, are a traditional favorite at family, church, and community dinners throughout the Beehive State;
      WHEREAS, in 1997, Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley drew a week-long series of political cartoons showcasing Jell-O® in Utah in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Jell-O®;
      WHEREAS, a 2002 Winter Olympic pin was designed that featured a bowl of green gelatinand has become a valuable collector's item;
      WHEREAS, when Des Moines, Iowa edged out Salt Lake City as the capitol of Jell-O® gelatin consumption in 1999, it sparked front page stories in Salt Lake City's newspapers;
      WHEREAS, Utahns rallied to "Take Back the Title" as Chef Scott Blackerby hosted a recipe contest in the Hotel Monaco's Bambara Restaurant and Pat Bagley ran a cartoon persuading Utahns to purchase more Jell-O® gelatin;
      WHEREAS, throughout 2000, Brigham Young University students campaigned to make Utah's love of Jell-O® official at festivals and fairs throughout Utah;
      WHEREAS, more than 14,000 signatures have been collected from the people of Utah in support of the campaign to select Jell-O® as the Official Snack of Utah; and
      WHEREAS, due to these and many other efforts, Salt Lake City has now successfully recaptured the title:
      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the state of Utah recognize Jell-O® as a favorite snack food of Utah.
      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Kraft Foods, Inc.

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