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Ben Franklin's Copper Cents Make Common Sense

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I wrote an article today on how Ben Franklin's copper cents not only make common sense, but are worth more than all the gold in Fort Knox. You can read it by clicking here . "We Are One"

Fear, Truth & Thomas Jefferson

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"The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies." - Thomas Jefferson I heard that quote today and I think it's one of the most fascinating things I've ever read. To what extent do I fear the truth? Something to consider. Thomas Jefferson ...something to consider  very deeply....

A Bluth Family Thanksgiving

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It's Arrested Development... After visiting family for Thanksgiving, I feel I can somewhat relate to Michael Bluth from Arrested Development (my absolute favorite TV show). As soon as my wife and I opened the front door, my brothers unleashed a wave of sarcastic comments that refused to ebb until everyone had been sufficiently and thoroughly doused. We came for pie, but received a cornucopia of quips, jokes and humiliating reminisces—turning our family together time into a verbal battle for honor, glory and survival. Yes, it was another (in)famous Smith Family Thanksgiving and not an episode of Arrested Development, or even American Gladiators (since when did American Gladiators have delicious pies and cheesecake? I had three pieces, thank you very much). Lest you think that I didn't enjoy my time with my family, let me assure that I had a wonderful time. Sarcasm is the native language of my family and it's how we communicate our love for each other (so yes

The End of the Twinkie, The Beginning of Zombieland

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Enjoy the little things (Twinkies)...while they last. Well, I'm sure that most of you have already heard the news that Hostess, the lunch-time delight of every American's childhood, is going out of business. Not only will future generations lose the most epic, unhealthy snack of all time, but road-trippers across America will lose one of their most faithful companions. Truly, the loss of the Twinkie marks the beginning of the end (which is still on for December 21, right?) and brings us closer transforming the plot of the movie Zombieland  into a sad reality. America's economic recession has become a full-blown depression . :( This tragic news makes the 90's Hostess commercial of the unattainable Twinkie prophetically poignant:

Best Wedding Announcement Ever.

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The Power of Encouragement

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Lately, I've been impressed by the power of encouraging someone---by using our words to inspire someone to believe in themselves. Charles Dickens While I was driving from San Francisco to Utah this weekend, I finished listening to How to Win Friends and Influence People . In it, Dale Carnegie shares this touching story: "In the early nineteenth century, a young man in London aspired to be a writer. But everything seemed to be against him. He had never been able to attend school more than four years. His father had been flung in jail because he couldn't pay his debts, and this young man often knew the pangs of hunger. Finally, he got a job pasting labels on bottles of blacking in a rat-infested warehouse, and he slept at night in a dismal attic room with two other boys - guttersnipes from the slums of London. He had so little confidence in his ability to write that he sneaked out and mailed his first manuscript in the dead of night so nobody would laugh at him. Story

The White Wolf vs. The Black Wolf

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Some say that within every man and woman there is a white wolf and a black wolf. The white wolf is gentle and loves mankind. It seeks to help others and lives in harmony with the wilderness. It does not take offense and only fights when it is right to do so and in the right way. Its walking upon the earth is peaceful. The black wolf is fierce and full of enmity towards mankind.  It seeks to tear others down and destroy all in its path. It is full of hatred and fights with everyone. Its walking upon the earth is war-like. These two wolves live inside of each of us and both try to dominate our spirits. The wolf that wins is the one that we feed.

Listen to Life

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My fiancée, Kim, mentioned something the other day I've thought about ever since. She said "listen to life" and "gather stories to share with others." Wherever I go, that's something that I love to do: listen to life. In Nauvoo On long walks in Nauvoo I was fascinated by the life of Joseph Smith, his last dream, and the faith and determination of the early pioneers. I would gaze at the Mississippi river for hours and revel in the shades of a red sunset and the sounds of a steamboat. While living in Nakhodka, I was completely enraptured by the culture and feel of that small Russian harbor town. Whenever the leaves change color, and the autumn breeze picks up, my soul drifts back to the streets of Nakhodka and I can almost sense the smells, the sights and the sounds of that town. Years later, my attachment to Russia would beckon me to read some of the greatest literature ever written: Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekov. Later in life, I gathered many o