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  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Suicidal conversations

    http://www.conversationsmatter.com.au/ Knowing what to say to a person having suicidal thoughts is tough. There are so many questions. Should we say anything at all? What if we say the wrong thing? What if we’re angry at the person? What if they won’t listen, to anything? What if we don’t know them...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change is good tough!

      They say change is good. I agree.   But it’s also pretty darn tough!   That’s where I find myself today. Smack dab in the middle of change. Specifically, I’m in the middle of a major career change. And yes, it’s pretty darn tough!   Change is part of every aspect of life. It’s unavoidable for the...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: “I’ve been everywhere, man”

    http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/the-lyrics-of-johnny-cashs-ive-been-everywhere-charted-on-a-dynamic-google-map.html   I remember as a teenager counting on one hand all the places I had been outside of Utah. My first exit from the Beehive State (not counting the two years as a toddler we lived in...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembering 9/12

    September 11th fifteen years ago changed our county forever. The relative peace and stability felt throughout American was shattered. The experience is forever and deeply seared in our subconscious. Even children too young to remember or not then born feel the impact of that day.   I shall never fo...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Chasing bubbles

      A special thanks to Leo Rivas-Micoud on Unsplash for the beautiful photo.   A toddler doesn’t stop getting back up after falling over and over again. She cries or pouts, maybe even laughs, then gets back up and tries walking again. She has yet to discover those trivial things we as adults sometime...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I feel happy!

        I was thinking about happiness the other night as I watched a beautiful sunset. I was sitting on the grounds of the Logan LDS Temple surrounded by a colorful kaleidoscope of fragrant flowers. The evening air was just the right temperature. Family and friends mingled about waiting for a newly ma...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Keeping A JRNL

    "We helped Leslie move down to Grandma’s house in Provo today as she starts UVU on Monday. She’ll be living in grandma’s basement with Emily and Addie. Elisa went down on Thursday with Leslie and Emily and they’ve been there for a couple days getting most of the things set up. Rebecca and I came do...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Escape into solitude

        That picture above, that’s the Logan River flowing through the pristine Logan Canyon. Author Michael Sweeney, writing for National Geographic, called Logan Canyon one of America’s “Last Unspoiled Places.”   We snuck in a quick camping trip Thursday thru Saturday. The Guinivah-Malibu campground ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: A Tree of Hope for the Youth

    My message I placed on the Tree of Hope at the Cache Valley Youth Center. I walked to the first door and waited. Through the wire-mesh window I silently took in the sterile walls and floors. A buzzer sounded and the door clicked open. I proceeded through the heavy door and then waited again while ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The adventure begins

    Towering trees full of leaves filtered out the hot afternoon sun. Wooden crates haphazardly arranged with care shared the story of a new love begun. Quart-size mason jars filled with roses warmly hugged by baby’s breath lined a pathway through the lush green grass. As bridesmaids and groomsmen, eac...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Rise up for the Dream

    http://www.itsrudetostare.com/changing-the-tune-changing-the-time-ragtime-the-musical-comes-to-regents-park/ragtime-by-flaherty-4/   Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. Coalhouse Walker shared the same dream years earlier.   Brought to life in the musical “Ragtime,” Coalhouse is an African America...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Life sucks… Sometimes

    A friend recently shared how she was inspired to see the ups and down of life like chapters in a book. While the current chapter we are reading may be full of challenges, surely that won’t stop us from continuing to read the book and find out what happens in the next chapter. Her inspiration may h...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: “Old soldiers never die…”

    Here's a photo I took in 2009 of M109A6 Howitzer of the 2/222nd Field Artillery, one of my former units, being driven in Richfield Fourth of July parade. They seemed quite old coming down the street that sultry Fourth of July morning. There were four of them, one with a noticeable limp, marching si...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The last full measure of devotion

    Our journey through the Hawaiian isle of Oahu started with a better understanding of what happened on December 7, 1941. We met Pearl Harbor survivor Alfred Benjamin Kameeiamoku Rodrigues. We gained deeper appreciation for the valor of the Greatest Generation. We also learned more about and better u...
  • Using spec commercials to transition from the 30 second cold call technique

    For those of us fortunate enough to be in the wonderful world of radio advertising, a natural transition from the "may I take 30 seconds of your time" cold call approach would be to play a well-crafted spec commercial. The Sales Whisper Wes Shaffer introduces the "30 Second" technique in this blog ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Aloha from Hawaii!

    Alfred Benjamin Kameeiamoku Rodrigues sat in chair with a table full of books in front of him. They were copies of his book, a book he wrote at the persistent encouragement of his son. Alfred had something to share with those “many visitors, of all ages and from all over the world, [who] came to p...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Orlando

      https://1000thingstobegratefulfor.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/87-be-grateful-for-the-people-who-love-you/   Sunday in Orlando was a very bad day.   It hurts to think about it. I wonder why, and there’s no answer. It’s like a bad dream, one I want desperately to wake up from, but knowing I can’t. It’...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: 13 tidbits for my baby girl

        My baby girl Leslie Ann graduated from high school last week. We share a name, a lucky number 13, and a lucky day, Friday the 13th, the day she was born. In honor of Leslie’s graduation and our mutual connections, I share 13 tidbits of advice as she moves forward.   Discover – New opportunities,...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Civil War Veterans

        Nestled on the east side of the cemetery in Hyde Park lies the little known grave of Civil War veteran Joseph Cain. According to his headstone, Cain was a private in Company B of the 50th Regiment in the Illinois Infantry. He was born September 30, 1841, and died February 16, 1907.   That’s the...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Worthy of rescue

    A suicide attempt is a cry for help. It’s a warning sign that something is terribly wrong in a person’s life. Most people, and including Shane I believe, don’t really want to die. They want the pain to go away and they see no other alternative. They may feel they have no hope left. THE SEARCH Shane...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembered as a rescuer

    Last week I posed a complicated question for your consideration… How will someone who dies by suicide be remembered? I am touched by the numerous responses I’ve received, especially from those of you who have lost a loved one to the darkness of suicide. Your thoughts have given me strength as I’ve ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The Trump Factor

      By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39399660   What happens when change disrupts life?   If you’re Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, or one of the many other onetime Republican presidential candidates, you’re on the sideline watching Don...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Driving across railroad tracks

    This is not the Chevy Suburban I learned to drive in, but it looks pretty darn close. http://goo.gl/2Qm3JB  My first driving experience cost me a brand new telescope. I was 12 years old and my folks had taken a trip to Salt Lake on the glass truck. Dad was working for Sevier Valley Glass in Richfi...
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  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Life lessons from Zootopia

    http://goo.gl/96O6JV “In Zootopia, anyone can be anything.” Judy Hopps believed it. And she’s just a bunny! But Judy didn’t let being “just a bunny” stop her from believing she could be Zootopia’s first bunny cop. Everyone thought she was crazy. All the cops in Zootopia were large animals, like rh...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Mastering Army Omelets

    The Army Omelet tradition started when Elisa was just a young child. Her father, George “Buddy” Peterson, loved omelets, especially those served in the Army chow halls. So twice a year on the first Sunday in October and April, when the family’s normal Sunday schedule took a hiatus, Dad whipped up hi...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The Gift of Spring

    Today is a new day… Today is the beginning of a new week. Today is the second day of the second week of spring. Spring is a time of birth, hope, and renewal. Flowers burst forth from their winter hibernation. Baby Holstein calves dot the pastures around Cache Valley.   I love the smell of spring in...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: What would you change?

    http://mrk-hollyhills.blogspot.com/2014/12/nelson-mandela-year-later.html What would you change if you could change anything in the world?  My daughter Rebecca caused me to think about this loaded question. She and her good friend Taylor were exploring this subject Saturday night. While I’m sure t...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: My Dancing Queen

      Rebecca & Leslie dancing as little girls.   You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen ABBA – Dancing Queen   L...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Saving janitors

    KC and LaTeishia Curtis with LaTeishia’s family. High school janitors clean hallways, bathrooms and empty the trash. They straighten chairs and desks in the classrooms. They condition chalkboards, wax the floors, and clean up spills in the lunchroom. They clean up behind the crowd at basketballs ga...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Leap Day It Forward!

    http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/local-leap-day-babies-ready-to-celebrate It’s Leap Day. What will you do with your extra 24 hours? Play? Sleep? Work? I’m guessing for most of us Leap Day will simply be another normal day, full of the busyness of normal life. If you’re an adventurous sort ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Suicide Still Hurts

    Sheldon Loveless in Iraq on his second tour. Photo courtesy of Tom Crocker. I don’t know what to say, but I hope and pray you’ll listen. Suicide hurts Especially when it’s your brother. You cry. You ache. You asked why. You ask questions for which there are no answers. Why did this happen? What cou...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Super Bowl Your Advertising!

    Adobe – The Gambler Not many things are hyped up more this time of year than Super Bowl ads. Teaser ads abound on the internet and broadcast television. We talk about the ads days before the big game takes place. We’ll be glued to the tube during the game andduring the commercial breaks. We’ll deba...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #10-#12

    http://jenniferbroadley.com/tag/executive-leadership-coaching/ Visualize with me… There are five Mason jars sitting on top of your kitchen table. Each jar is clear and of equal size. The jar closest to you is empty. The adjacent four jars are full – one with rocks, one with water, one with sand, an...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #7-#9

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/94505292154518318/ Fair warning – we’re at the point in the goal setting process where the real work begins. This is where we start to see how we will accomplish our goal. This is also the point where the planning can easily become overwhelming. Many people can accomp...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #4-#6

    As we journey through Brian Tracy’s “12 Step Goal Setting Process,” we’ve decided exactly what we want in each key area of our life, we’ve written it down, and we’ve set deadlines. Now we’re ready to move forward with steps 4-6. These three steps are the self-assessment phase of our goal setting jo...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #1-#3

    If we desire to change our lives, we must first desire to change our thinking. Changing our thinking is a necessary ingredient to successfully accomplishing our goals. Successfully accomplishing our goals requires us to exercise the self-discipline to work the goal setting process. Whether we use...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking, Change your life

    http://motivationweb.download/change-your-thinking-change-your-life/ You may set goals every New Year, and maybe throughout the year. If you’ve struggled with goal setting in the past, what will you do differently this year to make it more effective? The teachings of Brian Tracy have helped make m...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Finding joy in the journeys

    https://iamgratefulhowareyou.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/joy-in-the-journey/ It’s been a year of challenging and exciting journeys for our family. We started the year caring for my dad Ed as he finished his journey with cancer in February. With Dad’s passing we spent the next several months clearing ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: A Shepherd, whose watch, we also keep

    Christmas is magical! I love the excitement, wonder, and fun! I love decorating the tree, wrapping presents, and singing carols. I love letters to Santa and hints from children. I love the anticipation on Christmas Eve and the enthusiasm on Christmas morning. I love feeling like a kid again. I love...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    We attended a Christmas Cantata put on by a local Hyde Park church choir. The music was beautiful. I especially enjoyed the choir’s rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” sung passionately as they slowly walked up the aisles and onto the rostrum. Before the choir performed “I heard the Bells on Ch...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Brenin’s Air Force Graduation Ceremony

    The cadence softly echoed in the far distance. I twisted on my post midway up the bleachers, straining my eyes, searching. I knew the source and desired to see. The cadence grew louder with the running footsteps and unabashed exuberance of nearly 800. Then I saw it, fluttering as if perched atop a ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Christmas in July

    I start thinking about Christmas in July. Crazy, I know. I’m not great at shopping ahead, nor am I a big fan of “Christmas in July” mid-summer sales. Christmas comes early because I’m in the marketing and advertising world. The holiday shopping season, officially kicking off with Black Friday, is a...
  • Military Homecomings

    Thanksgiving is time to remember homecomings. Ten years ago this week I came home safely from a military deployment to Iraq. Three years ago this week our oldest son also came home safely from his tour in Iraq with the Army. Last year our second son came home safely from Afghanistan with the Marines...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: So much to be thankful for

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/12102641596   My daughter Leslie has been encouraging me to write in my journal. I tell her a write in my journal every Monday morning, but she says that doesn't count.   While serving as a missionary and in my early military years I was more regular journ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The power of extraordinary words

    Have you ever considered the power of extraordinary words?  Great leaders of all ages and all walks of life have been immortalized by their words, both spoken and written.  Such words have moved people to take action that changed the course of history. Give consideration to the unforgettable words ...
  • Happy Birthday Radio!

    Last week radio turned 95. I shared a little history of radio, along with some of my personal radio journey, on a blog post featured on Influence FM. Happy Birthday Radio! https://influence.fm/radios-95th-birthday/
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembering vets who made it home...

    I’ve shared before stories of two veterans who didn’t make it home from combat – Sergeant 1st Class Ron Wood and Lance Corporal Michael J. Allred. In honor of Veteran’s Day I’d like share the story of one who did make it home. My maternal grandfather Forrest “Corky” Christiansen and his brother-in-l...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Seventeen Second Miracles

      It was a dark morning the only time I crossed paths with Dakota. I was headed out the door to the gym when I saw him jump out of a car idling in the middle of the street. With the agility of teenager, he sprinted first to the house across the street then just as fast headed towards me. While too ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Silence is not always golden

      Silence is not always golden   An old adage says “Silence is golden.” But is it always so? While there are surely times it’s best to keep our mouths shut, I believe there are other times when we should open our mouths and express ourselves. I believe this is most true when it comes to speaking kin...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Thoughts of inspiration

    Inspiration comes in different ways for different people. One source of inspiration for my family and me is General Conference, a worldwide gathering for Mormons to listen to the general leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I share today a few thoughts which inspired me from ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Livin’ on Tulsa Time

    The internal clock on my smartphone was stuck on Central Time for a couple days last week. All appointments I entered into my calendar automatically offset by an hour. I was constantly checking another source to verify what time it really was. What caused the technical hiccup? While I’ll probably ne...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Scoutmaster Bud finish his journey

    One’s journeys with cancer can be lengthy. Or the journey can be quite short. Bud’s journey was barely two months long. Friday night he finished. Life is a journey full of lessons. Simple. Profound. Routine. Complex. Many such lessons, at each level, came through the tutelage of Bud Peterson as my S...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The journey of cancer continues

    Labor Day’s Monday Morning Boost is coming early as we are on the road traveling.   My family and I started out 2015 saying goodbye to my father. Today we’re in Atlanta saying goodbye to Elisa’s father.   The journey of cancer has once again come full circle.   Buddy Peterson was one of my boyhood S...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: News from Lake Wobegon

    “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my home town, out there on the edge of the prairie…” So began Garrison Keillor with his famous “News from Lake Wobegon,” a folksy dialogue he’s been sharing every week for 41 years. Tuesday night he brought the “edge of the prairie” and his famous...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Give a little, Get a lot

    Give a little, get a lot.  What goes around comes around.  The Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have done unto you.   Used by many around the world, they essentially mean the same thing – when we give of ourselves we receive in return. Finding ways to give can be challenging, especially if...
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    Rainbows would be on my Visual Bucket List, like this one my son Brenin captured at sunrise over Hyde Park on Friday. What would you want to see if you knew you wouldn’t be able to see anymore? For the parents of a little five year old girl, it’s the question of a lifetime. Little Lizzie Myers is l...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Terrific pigs and cows

    Chloe Olsen loves her pigs. Much like Fern Arable loved Wilbur, I guess, in E. B. White’s beloved classicCharlotte’s Web. But Chloe didn’t name her pigs. “Didn’t want to get too attached,” she told me as she climbed into the pen looking every bit like Wilbur’s heroine in her summer dress and ponyta...
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    The days of the week would tend to run together while we were in Iraq. But I’ll forever remember July 16th in 2005 was a Saturday. It was a mail run day for Ron Wood and the other soldiers on his crew. They were running a Special Ops Mission out of Tikrit, operating on their own away from our main b...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The Boys of Bravo Battery, Part 1

    Most came home from war. Some didn’t. Sergeant 1st Class Ronald Tanner Wood was one of them. SFC Ronald Tanner Wood standing guard during the FOB Dibis Transfer Ceremony to the Iraqi Army. July 16th marked the tenth anniversary of the day Ron Wood was killed in Iraq. I would like to share a li...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The power of 15 minutes

    What can you do in 15 minutes?  Walk a mile, read a chapter, surf the net, eat breakfast… or hit the snooze button, again? I’m asked occasionally about the “15 minute” suggestion I include at the end of every Monday Morning Boost. The inspiration came a few years ago from Roger Welsh, our local bus...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Stop that stinkin’ thinkin’!

    Hating Monday and ready to climb back in bed?  Stop that Stinkin’ Thinkin’!   Ready to tell your boss to, as Johnny Paycheck would sing on the radio, “Take this job and shove it”?  Stop that Stinkin’ Thinkin’! If you’re feeling grumpy, lousy, mad, angry, defeated, weak, sad, annoyed, irritated, ups...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Iwo Jima – “Tuning in my brother”

    “Towards evening, about five o’clock, we looked up and there came two Whistling Willies.”   That’s how Lloyd Lewis starts out sharing his story about his time in Iwo Jima. We had the privilege of visiting with Lloyd after the July 4th parade in Lewiston. Lloyd rode in the parade wearing his WWII Mar...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Patriots Sing

    Patriotic songs have always resonated deep within my soul. My earliest memories experiencing those stirring feelings came in either the second or third grade. Mr. Meacham, a former Green Beret, stretched our young minds to see beyond the Three R’s and lunch recess when he taught us Barry Sadler’s Ba...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Recovering Father

    Today’s story comes together in the final paragraph. That’s true for most stories, and perhaps I don’t need to tell you this. Great writers, of course, would never make such a plea; they simply captivate with their first lines. Such captivation happened when I recently reread Jason Wright’s Recoveri...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Cool, clear water

    Life exists, but for the want of water. This nugget permeated my thoughts as I meandered up Sam Stowe Canyon in search of a rumored waterfall. We had gathered over the weekend at the group campground in the canyon for my mother’s Christiansen family reunion. As my mom’s sisters prepared breakfast I ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Triple Crown Memories

    I was much more a horse racing fan in 1978. I was 12 years old and fascinated by the Black Stallion. In the story, young Alec Ramsey befriends and tames a wild Arabian stallion on a desert island after the two are the lone survivors of a shipwreck. Eventually they’re rescued and Alec returns home to...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: How do you make your bed?

    I like making my bed in the morning. I think it makes a good start to my day. I like hospital corners and sheets stretched tight enough to bounce a quarter. I’ve been chasing that elusive dream – bouncing the quarter, that is –since I started Army Boot Camp 31 years ago this week. Admiral Bill McRav...
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    Memorial Day is our time as a nation to remember those who have gone before. Specifically, it’s our time to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. Cemeteries come to life with scented flowers and fluttering flags. Families gather to remember, history is shared, connecti...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: You’re not “just” something

    Whatever you are, you’re not “just” something.   You’re everything. You’re important. You’re you.   I was touched by the thoughts several of you shared after last week’s discussion. I hope sharing a few of the responses will likewise make your Monday a little brighter as you made mine.   C.C. – That...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I’m just a kid…

    I participated in a round of mock job interviews years ago while attending Utah State. Employers from several different industries were on hand to interview the students, most from the College of Business. I was one of the odd ducks who wasn’t a business student.   I was just a Communications major....
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I wish you hope…

    The Friday evening sun cast a wistful shadow over the Saguaro desert near Tucson, Arizona as Clint and Daniella exchanged their wedding vows. They were surrounded by family and friends, many who traveled across the nation, and even some from Germany.   There are many stories I could share about thi...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: For our son Clint

    I wanted to share a few thoughts for our son Clint who is getting married May 1st to Daniella Bruyere. Remember Clint… You’re a kid who can do anything, though sometimes you may need your brother and his crescent wrench. There was a time when some things were bigger than you, like horses and gra...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

    “Slow Down” by Luc B – https://www.flickr.com/photos/fatboyke/2668411239/ I encountered an unusual phenomenon Saturday night. Elisa and I spent a couple of days in Richfield preparing Dad’s home for the next stage of its journey. On our way home Saturday night we drove up to see Rebecca at Snow Co...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Spring Training & Jackie Robinson

    Spring Training arrived in Florida in 1986 just as it does today… with a blast of wintery north quickly melted by the warm southern sun. The only difference… I was there in 1986.   I was working as a church missionary in Plant City that spring, a small farming town in central Florida just east of ...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The ghosts of Soda Springs

    World’s only “Captive Geyser” erupts every hour on the hour Who was 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 98-year-old Enders Hotel in Soda Springs, Idaho, stayed silent Friday and gave up...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I love Mondays!

    “Love Mondays” by Mark Hillary https://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/2219889418/   I love Mondays! Just in case you didn’t know. Always have. Always will. I find the day refreshing, rejuvenating, and a great way to mentally reset.   Last week I explored the concept behind the Monday Morning Bo...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Why Mondays?

    https://theworldismygym.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/i-love-mondays/ Why Mondays?   Good question. I’m asked periodically why I call my weekly email the Monday Morning Boost. I’ve been writing and sharing it every Monday for just over four years. What started as a simple way to keep in touch with a fe...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: “Call me if you need anything”

    When a friend loses a loved one, when a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it’s natural to feel a desire to help. But sometimes we simply do not know what to say. So we say what comes naturally…   “Call me if you need anything.”   We heard this multiple times over the last few weeks. Family a...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Dad’s journey is finished

    Death can be peaceful and beautiful. Or it can be very, very ugly.   Dad wasn’t a fan of the ugly; nor would any of us be. When Dad finished his mortal journey Wednesday evening, fortunately the end came peaceful and beautiful. My Dad is Edwin Clark Patterson. He was 75.   Dad saw too much of the u...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Lincoln’s unprecedented ability to unite

    I’ve long been an admirer of President Abraham Lincoln. But it’s only recently I’ve come to understand his “unprecedented ability” to unite people, including his rivals, to accomplish the greater good. The movie Lincoln first introduced me to this unique aspect of our 16th president. I was fascinat...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: “He didn’t tell me he was killed”

    “Where have you been?” Dad asked with a quivering voice and tear-filled eyes.   It had been nearly two weeks since I last saw Dad and I was already worried he may not remember me. Elisa and I made a quick overnight trip to Richfield to see Dad and spent Saturday morning with him.   “We’ve been at ou...
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  • SPECIAL SUPER BOWL EDITION - Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Shift momentum

    This is a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of the Monday Morning Boost featuring a column first published February 04, 2013. The occasion was Super Bowl XLVII when the infamous power outage shifted the momentum of the game. ___________________________________________________________________________...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Solving problems the Overstock.com way

    “Businesses succeed when they solve problems.”   Nothing fancy, but that was the core advice shared by Jonathan Johnson, chairman of Overstock.com. Johnson was the keynote speaker at the Cache Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner last month. Elisa and I enjoyed getting to know Johnson and his wi...
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  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Ode to the caregivers

    I’ve experienced over the past several weeks a taste of what it means to be a caregiver to an aging parent. As Dad’s journey with cancer has become more intense, I’ve discovered more about the joy of caring and serving. I’ve also discovered more about the associated hardships.   Elisa and I have spe...
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  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Finding joy and richness in cancer

    Find joy and richness in the journey.   That was the thought I shared back in the spring when my dad started his journey with cancer. The journey went well, at least for a while. Then the cancer returned. It’s called non-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, and it’s returned with a vengeance, spr...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Achieve your goals with more self-confidence

    DECEMBER 29, 2014 Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost:  Achieve your goals with more self-confidence Are you ready for the New Year? Ready to set goals and make resolutions? Ready to change your life? Reach your destiny? Conquer your fears?   Sure thing!   And that’s exactly where traditional New Y...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: The journey of traveling Highway 89

    What’s more important, the destination or the journey? While solid arguments can be made on both side of the equation, I’ll let you decide as I share the journey of our weekend trip. We left Thursday morning headed south for Flagstaff. Not for warmer weather, as Flagstaff sits at a chilly but beauti...
  • Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: I am Scrooge

    I am Scrooge, “a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!”   Unfortunately, I’m not talking just about Charles Dickens old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Carol.  There are times during the holiday season when I am Scrooge.  The holiday shopping season is a HUGE part of my professional...