I'm a Utah boy. I'm from Davis County originally, and my family has called Logan home for a decade. I love the terrain, climate, and history of my home state. And I love playing outside Utah-style, particularly running trails, mountain biking, skiing, and paddle boarding.
I'm an arts lover. I love a wide range of music, letters, theatre, and art. My heroes include Bach, Shakespeare, Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Elliot, Alfred Hitchcock, Wallace Stegner, Raymond Chandler, Maynard Dixon, Cesar Franck, Flannery O'Connor, Stephen Sondheim, Ogden Nash, and P.G. Wodehouse. I particularly love works that capture the fleeting sweetness of ordinary life, so I read and re-read Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
I'm a family man. My wife, Annie, and I have four children. As Hannah Arendt said, "Every generation, western civilization is invaded by barbarians. We call them children." In other words, kids must be civilized, and the future depends on the parenting skills of folks like us. Sorry about that, future! Still, there is nowhere I would rather be than goofing around with my wife and kids at an amusement park, on a beach, or in the mountains.
I'm a trial attorney. I represent people and small businesses in civil cases. The opposing party is often a powerful corporation, insurance company, or government agency. I often work on a contingency basis, which means investing years of hard work and a small fortune in costs in cases with no guarantee of success. It can be gut-wrenching and exhausting, but it's also exhilarating and rewarding. I write about my experiences as a lawyer at Humble Country Lawyer. My firm is called Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore, LLC. We love our clients, we fight hard for them, and we love telling their stories to the jury.
I'm a believer. I love A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, and Groundhog's Day. Each pulls its protagonist out of the stream of time to show him what it means to live a good life. To wit: Loving and serving and building up our families and communities. Prying open our hearts and wallets with Ebenezer Scrooge. Saying "I want to live again!" with George Bailey. Blessing each day, without ironic detachment, with Phil Connors.