Archive for November, 2008

What’s Your History IQ?

The following is taken from a letter I received from Hillsdale College

In April of 2004, the American Council of Tustees and Alumni (ACTA) released the results of a 50-college study in a booklet titled “The Hollow Core.”  The purpose of the study was to determine if America’s colleges and universities were meeting their obligation to provide today’s students with a core group of courses “that ensure a solid general education.”  The study showed less than desirable results, concluding the “America’s colleges are, in truth, offering little more than a ‘hollow core.'”  (more…)

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I wanted to take a moment today to express my appreciation for all those that have served in the armed forces!  Words cannot properly convey my gratitude for you.  I am so grateful to live in this nation and thank my Heavenly Father that there are people like you out there, ready to protect and defend my family and I!  You are brave and courageous, and indeed, heroic.  I admire all of you for all you’ve given in behalf of this great nation!  And, truly some have given the ultimate sacrifice, and I honor them. 

While in the midst of this election year, I think many have lost focus on what is truly important.  And, while many of us have differing view points, we must remember that were it not for those who have fought, and sometimes died, for us, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have to express our views.  So, for this time, let’s put those differences aside, and honor all those who have given so much, so that we don’t have to. 

Thank you! 


Because I think often times music can convey feelings that I’m not able to, here’s some great songs to honor those in the military: 

American Soldier- by Toby Keith; Some Gave All- by Billy Ray Cyrus; Brothers- by Dean Brody; Letters From Home- by John Michael Montgomery; 50,000 Names- by George JonesWhere The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly; 8th of November- by Big and Rich; Welcome Home- by Dolly Parton; Arlington- by Trace Atkins; God Bless the USA- by Lee Greenwood

Please remember how blessed we are, because of these amazing men and women.  Let us never forget our veterans.  Honor them.  Love them.  Thank them.

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So, I found in my garage a book I had when I was younger called The Book of Questions, by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.  I remember that I used to sit with my mom and step-dad and we would pick questions out of here, and discuss them.  It almost always led to a great conversation and we had a fun time.  So, I thought it might be fun to put some of them up here, and see what people have to say. 

We’ll start with a fun one.hammock

If you could take a one-month trip anywhere in the world and money were not a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?

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Truth Time

So, who knew the truth about me?  Nobody!!  Ha!  I got you all! 

Here’s the truth: 

1.  I’ve met John Porter and Harry Reid.   (FALSE!!!  I’ve never met Harry Reid.) 

2.  My mom and I once missed a freeway exit and ended up in Missouri, instead of her parents’ house in Oklahoma.   (TRUE.  That’s an interesting story.)

3.  I voted for Al Gore in 2000.   (TRUE!!  Sadly, I feel hook, line, and sinker for the “Bush is bad, and Gore will save the planet and education, garbage that the media put out there.  Thankfully, I’ve seen the light!!) 

4.  In high school, I ditched school because I was out all night observing the sky and watching for the comet Hale-Bopp.   (FALSE!!  I know it sounds like me, but even in the midst of all the Hale-Bopp hype, I never stayed out all night to watch it.  I did once go with our Astronomy Club on an overnight observing of the Leonid meteor shower (which was awesome), which we were excused from school for the next day.)

5.  I have a terrible fear of heights that once caused me to freak out on an escelator at Macy’s, and not be able to go up to the third floor.   (TRUE.  I’m pretty sure it was Macy’s.  And, I was really, really scared.  Heights and I do not get along!) 

6.  In high school, I once danced on stage to the Jackson 5’s “ABC.”   (TRUE!  Surprising, but I did do this with my ward during a stake activity.  I’ve got to tell you, it was pretty embarrasing, too.)

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I Love This Country!

“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations uner heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land who is Jesus Christ.”

~Ether 2:12


“God bless us, as Latter-day Saints, that we may wield our influence to the very maximum in promoting peace, in promoting spiritually among the people of this great nation, that this great country of which we are a part may be preserved, and may continue to be, though all the days to come, a beacon and an inspiration to liberty-loving people everywhere.” 

~The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

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