Monday Morning Boost: A Journey Down Under to Pike Place

Monday Morning Boost: A Journey Down Under to Pike Place

Tucked away on the 3rd level “down under” of Pike Place Market on Seattle’s waterfront, J.B. Johnson stands quietly reading a book behind a counter stuffed high with stacks and stacks of even more books. With his interest drawn deep into his book, J.B. silently split his attention between the pages in his hand and the handful of customers browsing the overflowing aisles of BLMF, a “Second Hand Bookstore and Literary Saloon.” Large stacks of books lined the inside of the shop’s…

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Red Edge Perspective: Do Our Words Build or Destroy?

Red Edge Perspective: Do Our Words Build or Destroy?

Our words can build Lift up, create Inspire others And motivate. Words can also Tear down, destroy Discourage one Who could enjoy. A better life If we give heed For they don’t ask For what they need. The choice is ours That which we give Choose to destroy Or help one live. Les Patterson April 15, 2017 Feature Photo by Sorasak on Unsplash Thoughts of inspiration come in many forms, and may be expressed in many ways. The collection of stories, essays, and…

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Monday Morning Boost: 13 Steps to Better Conversations

Monday Morning Boost: 13 Steps to Better Conversations

Think about two or three conversations you had over the last week. Were they enjoyable? Or as painful as a visit to the dentist? What about those conversations kept your interest? What entertained you, engaged you, made you smile, or made you laugh? What caused you to listen intently? Now ask yourself the opposite questions. What about those conversations put you to sleep? What was boring, disengaging, uninteresting? What caused you to tune out? 13 STEPS TO MORE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS…

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Red Edge Perspective: I Still Have A Dream!

Red Edge Perspective: I Still Have A Dream!

Martin Luther King Jr. labored his whole life to change the way we look at each other. In honor today of the 50th Anniversary of his tragic assassination, I share my dream for this beautiful country, beautiful world, and the beautiful people of the human family. I still have a dream that one day this nation, and all nations, will rise up and live out the true meaning of the creed spoken long ago, and memorialized today: “We hold these…

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Monday Morning Boost: Resurrecting Discarded Dreams

Monday Morning Boost: Resurrecting Discarded Dreams

We often view the success others experience, especially successful people of any type, through rose-colored glasses that make their life look easy and truly perfect. “If only we could have it easy like them,” we think to ourselves. This is a fallacy. Most successful people, from every walk of life, have walked a challenging journey to get where they are. They have overcome obstacles and, in most cases, continue to overcome obstacles. Just because we do not see the challenges does…

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Red Edge Perspective: Because of Him, No Goodbye Will Last Forever

Red Edge Perspective: Because of Him, No Goodbye Will Last Forever

Thoughts of inspiration come in many forms, and may be expressed in many ways. The collection of stories, essays, and poetry shared under Red Edge Perspective represents some of my personal efforts to Gain The Red Edge through creative expression. Today’s message is a poem inspired by the Gift of Easter, and is dedicated to my stalwart example and eternal love as she seeks that comfort offered by the Prince of Peace. Thanks for letting me share. Because of Him, No Goodbye Will Last Forever…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Ghosts of the Enders Hotel

Monday Morning Boost: The Ghosts of the Enders Hotel

Who is the ghost walking the halls? Did he die falling down the stairs? Was he shot and killed? Or is she a prostitute who was murdered in cold blood? The 101-year-old Enders Hotel in Soda Springs, Idaho, stayed silent, giving up no secrets when we visited this past Saturday. Even the ancient stairs refused to live up to their age, their creaking floorboards remaining hushed as we ascended. The pipes of the ancient boiler system did proffer forth a weak…

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Hidden In Obscurity

Hidden In Obscurity

Questions have caused me to ponder The passage of the unheard drops of time Which pondering has inspired These words no longer silent. HIDDEN IN OBSCURITY By Les Patterson She passes As one who stalks nighttime shadows Hidden in the obscurity Of the surrounding unseen world. Invisible Unseen but not unfelt None escape her passage Impactful beyond measure. To shun or embrace The gift is ours Be it blessing or curse Such we are created to choose. Thoughts of inspiration…

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Monday Morning Boost: Does the World Need Another Writer?

Monday Morning Boost: Does the World Need Another Writer?

The world does not need another writer. That’s exactly what I thought when I started writing the “Monday Morning Boost” 8 years ago. I’m having the same thought now as I’m starting to write a book. The crazy thing is, I am right! The world does not need another blog, nor does the world need another book. So why do I keep writing? Maybe, like Roald Dahl suggests, I’m foolish, chasing after the compensation of “absolute freedom” with no master…

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Friday the 13th Birthday!

Friday the 13th Birthday!

Happy Friday the 13th! I know, it’s not Friday. But it is the 13th. The 13th of March specifically. And that’s reason enough to celebrate. But first a story. Friday the 13th has been my lucky day for as long as I can remember. And 13 is my lucky number. It all started with my first reading of “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. In the story, Alec Ramsey befriends and tames a wild Arabian stallion on a desert island…

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