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Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

I wrap up this Veterans Day with gratitude for the voices of the next generation as expressed by the students at Sky View High School and North Park Elementary. Each group of students, from the youngest to the oldest, showed respect and appreciation for the group of veterans assembled. I was quite touched by this kind letter I received from one of the 5th-grade students at North Park. Note the wisdom expressed by this 5th grader! It will be my…

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Monday Morning Boost: They Stood To Defend

Monday Morning Boost: They Stood To Defend

I’m honored to be part of a family of veterans. My dad Ed “Sonny” Patterson was a veteran of the Air Force and the Utah Army National Guard. My mother’s father Forrest “Corky” Christiansen was an Army veteran who fought in World War II. My brothers Robert and Marc are both veterans of the Utah Army National Guard. I have uncles, cousins, and extended family who are veterans. My greatest honor comes from my three veteran sons: Cody is in…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Don’t Like Feeling Hatred

Monday Morning Boost: I Don’t Like Feeling Hatred

My heart ached when I heard the news Brent Taylor had been killed in Afghanistan. Brent was a friend who was a major in the Utah Army National Guard as well as the mayor of North Ogden in Utah. My sorrow quickly turned to anger and hatred when I heard Brent was killed by one of the Afghan soldiers he was training. Brent had a compassionate love for the people he was helping. He truly believed he was making a difference….

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Let’s Play Makebelieve

Let’s Play Makebelieve

I have been a Cowboy and an Army Guy for Halloween. I’ve been a Deer Hunter and a Pirate. Last year I was Sonny to my daughter’s Cher. Today, I pulled out one of my favorites, Phantom of the Opera. The list is huge when it comes to what character we’ll be for Halloween, and what story we’ll portray. That’s what makes this holiday so fun. Just like playing makebelieve when we were kids, Halloween gives us permission we create…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Am No Longer A Cipher

Monday Morning Boost: I Am No Longer A Cipher

There was a time I thought no one saw me. I felt invisible. I felt like the good in the world bypassed me and only the bad found me. I connected well in thought, though not in reality, with the character portrayed in the movie “Cipher in the Snow.” The movie tells the heartwrenching story of a teenage boy who dies unexpectedly stepping off a school bus. One of his teachers is asked to notify the boy’s parents and write his obituary. The teacher…

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As The Sun Doth Set

As The Sun Doth Set

Tonight’s gift from Cache Valley… AS THE SUN DOTH SET By Les Patterson Tonight’s fading sun Framed by dying leaves Echoes quietly Peace for those who grieve. As the sun doth set Closing out each day Though we bide for more Night won’t hold at bay. Same is true of life An ending doth come At some point for each No matter where from. Yet peace we can take Assurance be true The Son doth rise For me and for…

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How Will You Vote On Prop 1?

How Will You Vote On Prop 1?

Proposition #1 on the Utah Ballot proposes to put our kids first by significantly increasing funding for education by increasing the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon.   Unfortunately, this is misleading and incorrect.   In this Standard-Examiner guest editorial, Jonathan Johnson helps us see that the “Utah Constitution specifically limits how the state may spend gasoline fees, taxes, and other charges.”   The Constitution specifically allows, Johnson explains, gas taxes to be used for “funding driver safety, road…

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Monday Morning Boost: “As I recite therefore I become”

Monday Morning Boost: “As I recite therefore I become”

Please. Watch this video. Then continue reading. Jason Silva words are powerfully true. “As I recite therefore I become.” “The world is made of words and if you know the words the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish… Become an author of reality.” We create our own story. That’s what Jason is saying. That’s what I’m saying as well. This is true for me. This is also true for you. WOW!!! Language. Words. Story….

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Monday Morning Boost: Soaring Balloons

Monday Morning Boost: Soaring Balloons

I was first introduced to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 1986 while in living in Florida as a church missionary. A youngish couple we were teaching had recently published a coffee table book of their photos from Fiesta. We enjoyed our time together talking, learning and sharing. At the end of the evening, they gave me an autographed copy of their book. I’m not sure where that book is today, though I’m guessing it’s in one of the many boxes of books…

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Monday Morning Boost: Lessons From Washing Dishes

Monday Morning Boost: Lessons From Washing Dishes

I started my first hourly job washing dishes at the Grand Western Cafe in Richfield, Utah. I still remember the day when my dad came home and told me I was going to work at the cafe the following Saturday. This was in 1980 not long after 9th-grade started. The Grand Western Cafe lived up to its name, starting with the lifesize Hereford bull majestically perched on top of his cafe throne as you can see in the picture above….

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