About Joseph
Value Speak
Christmas on Mill Street
Why A Website?

About Joseph

Joseph Walker began his professional writing career in 1980 as a staff writer for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, eventually becoming that newspaper’s television and live theater critic.

Doing It Right

Janelle was running late for work, so she just had time for a quick look at herself in the mirror as she was going out the door. What she saw there made her stop dead in her tracks. Her white blouse was — shudder! — wrinkled.

Christmas on Mill Street

Readers will laugh out loud at the adventures and many poignant lessons leading up to Christmas Day and Sam’s eventual duel with Mill Street. Christmas on Mill Street is a delightful and inspirational family gift for this holiday season.

Why a Website?

For years people have been asking me: “Do you have a Web site?” At first this question was met with the same glassy look I usually reserve for my brother-in-law when he starts talking about auto mechanics or plumbing.

The Latest & Greatest

August 3rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm

According to my calculations, this is the 1,314th time I’ve situated myself in front of a computer keyboard to write ValueSpeak, a weekly column that attempts to look at contemporary issues from the perspective of traditional values. It is also the last time. In about 700 words – give or take a syllable – ValueSpeak […]

July 22nd, 2015 at 11:31 am

The first thing you need to know about Byron and Anita is this: those aren’t their real names. Those are the names they have used since they immigrated to America from Taiwan several years ago. Friends and family members who already lived here suggested that Americans would struggle with their Chinese names – Te Tsai […]


To be honest, when my wife, Anita, said we were going to rent an auger, I was stumped. “Why do we need a green monster with a Scottish accent?” I asked. She looked at me, clearly stumped herself, until she forced her mind into I’ve-Been-Living-With-This-Man-For-38-Years-And-I-Know-How-His-Brain-Works mode. “Auger, not ogre,” she said. “You know, a long […]

July 3rd, 2015 at 4:40 pm

John Adams didn’t have anything against the Fourth of July. He just thought it was two days too late. “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations […]

June 26th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

It started out normally enough. My eldest son, Joe, and I had been arm wrestling on a fairly regular basis for almost as long as he had had arms. I can remember propping up his elbow on a stack of encyclopedias so his hand could reach mine. Of course, his elbow never stayed on the […]