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Monday Morning Boost: A Boost for Young Fathers

Monday Morning Boost: A Boost for Young Fathers

A friend of mine, Alex Stoddard, recently asked if I had a Monday Morning Boost for young fathers trying to get their career going and what it was like when I was starting out. I didn’t have a Monday Morning Boost for this young father. At least not specifically. So I wrote this one. PROVIDING & NURTURING I hardly slept when I was a young father. At least that’s what it felt like. I look back 20 to 25 years…

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Monday Morning Boost: Labeling Assumptions

Monday Morning Boost: Labeling Assumptions

It’s very easy to be labeled. When one walks outside the lines of that which their culture or society considers normal, correct, true, right, etc., the person is then viewed by the collective, not as a person, but as the applied label. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone. We label people every day. By their race, sexual orientation, political party and religious affiliation. We label people by health condition, economic status, even past behavior. We label people by what they do…

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Standing in The Rain to Honor Our Country

Standing in The Rain to Honor Our Country

They stood in the rain to honor our country. Representing the Cache Valley Veterans Association, they gathered together as an Honor Guard for a flag ceremony at the Cache Chamber Of Commerce annual patriotic golf tournament at Birch Creek Golf Course. “No big deal,” some may say. “It’s just a golf tournament.” Maybe so. After all, it’s not the first time they stood in the rain. It’s part of the many opportunities that come when you wear the uniform. I…

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Monday Morning Boost: How did 9/11 change your life?

Monday Morning Boost: How did 9/11 change your life?

How has your life changed because of the events of 9/11? That was 16 years ago. Some of you weren’t old enough to remember that day. Others have since married, started families, changed careers, or moved homes. Life has moved forward, as it should. While today we are concerned for those impacted by hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes, including some who are regular readers of the Monday Morning Boost, I hope we can also pause for a moment of reflection. Perhaps you’ll…

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Build a Campfire to Gain the Red Edge

Build a Campfire to Gain the Red Edge

One of the best ways to Gain the Red Edge is to come home smelling like a campfire. That’s how we wrapped up our Labor Day, by building a campfire up Green Canyon here in Cache Valley and roasting hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire Leslie built with one match using wood that she chopped and supplied by a good friend Steven Amott. We hung out, talked and laughed, and played half a game of 3/13 under the lantern…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Labor of Rescuing

Monday Morning Boost: The Labor of Rescuing

The primary mission of the National Guard is to provide aid at home “in time of domestic emergencies or need.” It’s easy to overlook this mission with all the combat deployments over since 2001. Blackhawk helicopter rescue crews from the Utah Army National Guard are already in Texas helping out. More Utah soldiers will most likely be called up to help as well. When National Guard or Reserve Component military personnel are called to duty, they often have very little…

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Sirens Fatal Song

Sirens Fatal Song

Siren’s Fatal Song Societal walls Like prison feel Shackled tight Against my will. Mountain tops Prairies wild Explore I must My inner child. Bolting forth Wings now free Nothing bars What I can be. Rivers carry I need not oars My soul is light Freedom soars. Faster, stronger To the ledge My body flies Past the edge. I leap to escape My freedom to find Universal laws Will not bind. Soaring high Flying free Nothing stopping What I shall be….

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Monday Morning Boost: Nourishing Grandma’s Tree

Monday Morning Boost: Nourishing Grandma’s Tree

My mother came to mind over the weekend as I remembered a tree we planted the year she passed away. We called it Grandma’s Tree. It was a little tree, barely as tall as my six feet, and not that thick. Unfortunately, it only survived a couple of years before a windstorm sheared it in half. The half-size shard of a tree remained in our yard for a season before we were able to totally remove it. The empty spot always seemed more…

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Gaining the Red Edge of the Eclipse

Gaining the Red Edge of the Eclipse

I love the many great photos of the Monday’s solar eclipse. But after awhile they all tend to blur together. Even the really, really good ones! I appreciate the skill, talent and time of those who find a way to present this incredible event in a creative and fresh light. Or, in this case, a creative and fresh darkness! Greg Westbrook’s presentation does this. He shows all the phases of the eclipse in one shot, as many have done. But…

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Monday Morning Boost: Mission First ~ People Always

Monday Morning Boost: Mission First ~ People Always

I lowered my American flag to half-mast the morning after Utah National Guard Soldier Staff Sergeant Aaron Butler was killed in Afghanistan. Butler was killed leading a 12 man team clearing a building when it exploded. The booby trap also wounded the other 11 team members, each one also a soldier with the Utah National Guard. I spent nearly 24 years with the Utah Army National Guard. Serving my country in uniform will always be one of the greatest honors…

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