These are some of the various adventures of my life.

Classroom Freedom is a Catalyst for Creativity

Last week I shared some views on the benefits of creativity within the education process. To facilitate creativity there needs to be increased freedom along the way. Creators learn what they want to learn in order to have the tools that their originality andgenius...

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The Benefits of Creativity in Schools

Last week I introduced my view that education needs to involve a more creative environment. Here are the benefits of involving such creativity. “Most children think they’re highly creative; most adults think they’re not.” (Robinson, 1) Children are inherently...

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I Am Officially a Senior!

Well, I am not yet getting senior discounts at the local buffet, but I am beginning my final year of college (as long as everything works out schedule wise). Last year I decided to return to school after a thirteen year hiatus. During my first go around I bounced...

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Building More Creativity in Our Schools

This past spring I took a class at Utah Valley University on the Philosophy of Education and was able to read a lot on the theories of education and educational theory. Having my own educational experience and raising four children I have conjured up several opinions,...

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Charlottesville…One Year Later

One year ago this weekend the country dealt with one of the biggest hate rallies that we have dealt with in a long time. As white nationalists joined together in a rally under the name “Unite the Right” took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, under their...

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Many Go Unpublished

I have enjoyed reading biographies for many years now. They are a great way to gain insight into the lives of great individuals and what it is that made them do and accomplish great things. I am currently engrossed in another great work by Walter Isaacson, this time...

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The Slave Debate Among America’s Founding Fathers

How the Framers of this Nation viewed slavery In the creation of a new nation there would be many items that would arise and passionate debates would then ensue. The founding fathers had a duty to every person living within the colonies to receive the rights of...

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Keys to Building a Lifestyle Brand

Now that you have developed a product and have sold a few widgets you need to decide where to go from here. There are a variety of options to grow your company. I would contend that you would be best off by pursuing an approach that turns your brand from solely a...

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A Pearl of Great Price – Divinely Revealed From God

The Lord told Nephi in his great vision, "And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the...

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A Look Back at 2017

This past year has indeed been a roller coaster. As I reflect on the year that has been I must pour out my heart in gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings and great prosperity that we have experienced. As the chapter turns over to a new year I reflect on...

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The Gift of Christmas

Every year we shop and consume to find the best gifts that will bring smiles to the faces of those that we love. We do all this in the spirit of giving and love. Amidst this season of spending and giving do we remember the real celebration and the why? I remember the...

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Tuning our Hearts

The scriptures teach us a many example of a still small voice. We learn in 1 Kings of Elijah on the mountain top where the Lord was not in the earthquake or the thunder or the wind but it was a still voice. We learn from Oliver Cowdrey's experience that He will tell...

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Give Me This Mountain

While serving as a missionary in the Missouri St. Louis Mission, my mission president held the mission motto based on Joshua 14:12 where Joshua declares in his old age, "therefore give me this mountain." This piece is rich in meaning and representation. Much of what...

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To Act or to Be Acted Upon

While teaching his son, Jacob, Lehi iterates some essential truths of the great Plan of Salvation. He shows us the need for opposition and Adam’s Fall. Along with these we explore the power of having a choice of trees to partake of give to Adam and Eve. This stands as...

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A Much Needed Adventure that Tore the Heartstrings

I haven't been able to get into the out of doors since Memorial Day weekend. It has really drug me down to be cooped up inside. Since going back to school, I have been really busy as I crammed a full-time school schedule into 7.5 weeks this summer. It has been a blast...

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Why Government Should Increase Outdoor Access

Introduction I have worked in the outdoor industry for the past 8 years. Along with this, I have spent my entire life in outdoor spaces. From an early age, I experienced the value of getting into the outdoors. Since having a family of my own I have seen the value in...

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Back to School

Last year my wife got to walk and receive her nursing certificate as a Registered Nurse. Maybe I am envious of her accomplishments. Maybe I have a little more time now that she is able to work and I'm again self-employed. Maybe I'm not ready to grow up. Or maybe I...

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Spring Break 2017

With a week off of school and both of us having flexible schedules currently it was due time for some adventure. It has been since our Northwest trip last summer that we have been on an extended road trip. We were in desperate need of some time wandering. We planned...

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