Amy Choate-Nielsen

Columnist & contributor

Amy Choate-Nielsen is a full-time mom and part-time writer. She spends her days at the park and her nights at the computer. She writes about family history and her quest to understand life while learning about her deceased grandmother Fleeta.

This Halloween season brought some new color to my kids’ metaphorical leaves
Sometimes, in hard and hurtful situations, you have to look for an inch of respite among the icy depths, and take a leap. With enough rocks, and enough leaps, eventually, I made it through to the end
For those who shine their high beams into the eyes of oncoming drivers late at night, or roll through stop signs, or follow too closely, I will give you space, I will keep up my guard, and I will try to let my pet peeves go. But, I will still use my horn.
My world has changed enough to make me realize that I may never influence national policy or solve the problem of climate change, but I can make a difference in my neighborhood. I can make a difference in my school.
As a father, former Navy SEAL and author of a new novel centered around global terrorism and a seemingly invincible special operations commando, Jack Carr lives a life that is almost as compelling as the likes of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher.
Amy Choate-Nielsen has different political views from her father, but a disagreement over family history ultimately bridged the divide.
Amy Choate-Nielsen’s father, John Choate, created a new keyboard system that has been approved to help people with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Amy Choate-Nielsen had a hair-raising experience on a recent flight, and it’s making her grateful to be alive.
Amy Choate-Nielsen learned an important life lesson when she forgot her family’s tent on a recent camping trip.
Amy Choate-Nielsen shares a live experience that taught her a lasting lesson.
Zack Erickson graduated from the Utah Military Academy, and will perform the role of Jean Valjean in the upcoming Jaks Theatre Company production of “Les Miserables.”
Amy Choate-Nielsen’s life is pretty predictable, except when it isn’t. In one harrowing experience, she learned that some of life’s unexpected moments can have the most impact.
Amy Choate-Nielsen shares her own story of “This I Believe,” in the style of journalist Edward Murrow’s radio show.
As Amy Choate-Nielsen celebrates another birthday, she thinks about her great-grandmother and wonders if she may be a guardian angel.
Amy Choate-Nielsen escaped to the desert to unplug from electronics, but when she came back, she decided to find a way to get back to her roots — through food.
Amy Choate-Nielsen has been thinking of detoxifying her life for awhile, and it started with a trip to the beauty salon.
Amy Choate-Nielsen recently put her foot in her mouth, but she learned a valuable lesson.
Amy Choate-Nielsen thought that baking bread while being busy was impossible, until a surprising neighbor showed her the way.
Amy Choate-Nielsen has wondered if her cooking skills are lacking, compared to that of her grandmother’s, and is it a generational thing?
Amy Choate-Nielsen has high hopes for her children, but when it comes down to it, it’s not really in her control.
Per her tradition, Amy Choate-Nielsen writes a Christmas card, late, as usual.
Amy Choate-Nielsen’s kids are growing up, and even though it comes with ups and downs, she’s glad she gets to come along for the adventure.
Amy Choate-Nielsen rethinks her position about Santa Claus this year — and she’s on board — she just hopes she’s not too late.
Amy Choate-Nielsen realized she needed to make a tough decision in order to slow down a little.
Amy Choate-Nielsen loves the light — but not so much the dark. She decided to make a list of things for which she is grateful to focus on the light.