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Author: Les Patterson

Red Edge Perspective: God, Country, Family

Red Edge Perspective: God, Country, Family

God, country, and family are the core principles I strive to value the most. I’m grateful for the blessings that bring them all together. This is a picture of the LDS Temple in Logan, Utah, in the valley where I live. It’s identical in purpose to the temple around the world wherein sacred covenants are made with God. The temple is also the place where families may be sealed together for time and all eternity not just ’till death. This…

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Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Moms

Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Moms

The best moms are perfectly imperfect. And yes, I’m talking about you. Not your mother. Not the other mom around the corner who always has her kids out the door on time for everything. Not the mom you see on Pinterest who is totally awesome all the time. I’m talking to you. Hi there. Being a mom is a journey. Moms stumble and they get back up. Moms try one technique, then another, give up, then try again. Moms love…

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Focus on the Core to Gain the Red Edge

Focus on the Core to Gain the Red Edge

Focusing on the core of your physical body improves and strengthens your entire body. That’s what my friend Chari Hawkins is teaching today. Chari is a world-class heptathlete, former USU Aggie, and currently a grad student at the University of Bath in England. For the next two weeks, Chari is putting “extra focus” on core work. “It’s amazing,” she writes, “what the little things do and how it helps.” Check out Chari making the tough look easy. Crank the volume and…

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Red Edge Perspective: Community Law Enforcement

Red Edge Perspective: Community Law Enforcement

What a great community we live in! North Logan and Hyde Park are striving to understand the best way to provide law enforcement to our communities. It’s a contested issue with strong opinions. I don’t know the best answer. Nor at this point do I have an opinion. I’ve listened to passionate voices on each side. Some are well informed. Others are simply regurgitating information, be it accurate or inaccurate. Look at this crowd tonight at the community meeting. AWESOME!…

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Monday Morning Boost: How Dare I…

Monday Morning Boost: How Dare I…

Her words repeatedly chug through my soul like a freight train steadily plugging up a mountain pass. “How dare I…” A beautiful story of vision and effort seemed to take on a poetic pattern of repetition continually etching her words of counsel deep into my thinking. “How dare I be anything…” It wasn’t luck that brought her to this point, she emphasized to the graduates, but the vision of her mother whose shoulders she rode upon. “How dare I be…

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Teaching in Business to Gain the Red Edge

Teaching in Business to Gain the Red Edge

The best education helps us learn a principle then learn how to apply it in our life. Sometimes it may be a formal and structured approach. Other times it could be informal and spontaneous. It was a little bit of both Tuesday morning hanging out at Stevens-Henager College in Logan at the monthly Cache Chamber of Commerce Bizlink Logan networking group. BizLink is an opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs to connect and grow their business. It’s also an opportunity to learn…

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Monday Morning Boost: Farewell to a Mentoring Voice

Monday Morning Boost: Farewell to a Mentoring Voice

“The Columbia River Gorge is one of a kind, all right, with the mighty river flowing between towering cliffs, and plunging waterfalls replenishing the flow. But never mind the natural uniqueness, they’ve even made it official: the Columbia River Gorge is the only designated National Scenic Area in the United States.” — JR Allred Words such as these, rich and full of picturesque details, first introduced me to JR Allred, a man who would later become a neighbor, close friend and…

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Red Edge Perspective: Remembering A Brother

Red Edge Perspective: Remembering A Brother

This is the week my brother Shane went missing in 2016. We suspect today is the day when he finished his mortal journey and was killed by suicide. It was also his birthday in early April. He would have been 41. That’s Shane in the brown coat with our mother’s arm around him in one of the few pictures we were all together as a family. Today has been a beautiful time to remember. Especially to remember the Gift that no goodbye…

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Last Night’s Gift that Gained the Red Edge

Last Night’s Gift that Gained the Red Edge

Last night’s gift was spending a little time in a neighbor’s backyard and garden in Hyde Park. It was a gift of friendship, a gift of brotherhood, a gift of love. It was a gift of being connected and sharing a moment. It was a gift of normal conversation that became much more than normal. It was a gift of the soft and gentle sunset dropping over the horizon while enjoying the sweet aroma of flowering fruit trees. Aly Affleck shared…

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Monday Morning Boost: Making More Than Lemonade

Monday Morning Boost: Making More Than Lemonade

Welcome to your unplanned out, not according to schedule, oops there goes another mishap, beautifully crazy, full of sadness and joy and who knows what I’m feeling at the moment, perfectly imperfect life! No destination. Just a journey. No agenda. Just an experience. The race is won each time we get back up when we fall down, screw up, or simply run out of gas. We walk. We run. We swim. We rise. We live. We love. That’s life. Life…

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