Story Story: The essential part of any journey to success

My events leading up to finishing the book Story Story I awake from a dream I remember not.  I spy the alarm clock: 5:44 am.  “Yikes! It’s time to get Kaelyn to seminary!” I say as I strategically bump Denielle with my hand feigning a stretch.  She doesn’t budge.  My turn to get up. I fetch a mason jar, fill it with water, throw on an overthrow, […]

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Wands at the ready: How to build a family farm on faith

What makes a good story good?  Why are some stories, you know, the tween-turn-teen-muddles-through-life-to-discover-he’s-really-a-wizard-and-will-go-on-to-defeat-the-bad-guys kinds of stories, so powerful they sell millions of books and gets retold in another million mediums?  Why do we relate so fondly to characters who seem at first blush ordinary but later discover within themselves extraordinary gifts and power? Because all of us who ever have, are currently now, or […]

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How a cub scout trip to City Hall could change the world

Answer to all life’s problems inspired by the mayor of Papillion “Yes?” asks Mayor Black, pointing to my son Neil. “My dad likes to pick up trash in the park,” Neil says, lowering his hand as he responds to the mayor’s question. “That’s good,” says the mayor. “That means I don’t need to use your money to hire more people to pick up trash in our […]

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Would you like to feed our pig?

“Hey kids, who wants to go feed a pig today?” asks Denielle over breakfast in our Nebraska housesit. No hands shot up but little Lydia’s and Casey’s. “Why would we do that?” Neil asked, rubbing at the sleep still in his eyes. “Doesn’t sound like fun.” “A member in our Church owns a small farm and said we could visit if we bring some slop for her pig,” Denielle […]

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So, I had a bad day

“It took my device about thirty seconds,” Denielle said, referring to the download speed for our blog thatsamoreyblog.com.  “That is unacceptable,” I said, somewhat distracted as I unsuccessfully tried to bring up the blog on my tablet.  Inside, I exploded.  I am frustrated.  I am suddenly unhappy.  I am mad.  Here we are on our worldschooling adventure and I am feeling down. “I guess I will spend […]

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