About Me

August, 2009

I’m Zina. My name rhymes with “Dinah,” like in the song where someone’s in the kitchen, strumming on the ol’ banjo.  My name is a Mormon pioneer name that I inherited from ancestors on both sides of my family.

I called this my imaginary blog because I was writing it in my mind for a couple of years before I put it on the internet.  I think the title still works because I come to my blog as an escape from the real world.

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Orem, Utah, and graduated in English from BYU.  I’m the second of 9 kids, 5 boys and 4 girls.  Starting at age 21 I was a missionary for my church for 18 months in France and Belgium, speaking French. I met my husband Dean in Provo when we were both 24 and we got married a year later, after which we lived in Amman Jordan for 9 months–he had gone on a Study Abroad program learning Arabic, and wanted to practice his Arabic some more.  He had applied for a Fulbright scholarship but didn’t get it, so we worked and paid our own way. He’s forgotten most of his Arabic.  I still remember how to say “Please don’t smoke; I’m pregnant.”

We came home, had our first baby, and moved to California where Dean attended UC Berkeley and I tended our toddlers.  We were there for 5 years, then moved back to Utah where he teaches Chemical Engineering at BYU.  For the past 13 years or so my passionate and single-minded pursuit has been to have as many children as my health will allow.  I’ve been plagued by various health problems for about 9 of those years, so getting my kids here and caring for them has been no mean trick.

I’m not sure how Dean and I have had the luck that our five children are the most beautiful and amazing ones in existence.  Maybe he and I should take up gambling.

If I had any spare time, I’d spend it sewing, reading, and hiking.  I seem to manage to write blog posts in spite of not having free time.

I’m a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I welcome questions about my religion.

I can be contacted at:  writetozina at gmail dot com (that’s not the email address I use most often, but I check it from time to time.)


May 2012. Back: Me, Hazel, Dean, Isaac. Front: Mabel, Henry, Rose.

7 Responses to About Me

  1. Toni says:

    I stumbled across your blog and it made me smile. Thanks!

  2. michelle says:

    Just wanted to say that I appreciate your thoughtful comments at Segullah.

    (And would you ever be interested in sharing some thoughts at mormonwoman.org?)

  3. tedi says:

    Wow you give good advice and can still be a comedian at the same time while you help people feel better that is a job right so you should get paid for it!!!

  4. Dan Gilbert says:

    Hello, I have a quick question for you about your site. If you could please get back to me at your earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great day!

    Dan Gilbert
    Marketing Support Coordinator
    Primrose Schools

  5. Holly says:

    I just sent you an email at the address you listed. (I thought I’d leave a comment in case you’d get that but rarely check that email.)

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