Friday, November 20, 2009

This Week In Review...

We held GRAPES on Tuesday. Did a quick review of Habit 1 and made banners that will have 7 different colored ribbons to represent the 7 habits. A younger child can wear it like his inner circle that surrounds him or they can hang it on the wall once we finish. Then I introduces Habit 2, Begin with the end in mind. We talked about Alma the younger, we established a mission statement. Here it is:
"To nurture a love of learning,
strengthen relationships,
build positive community, and
prepare for personal missions."

Not bad for our first try.

On Wednesday the 18th, I took the kids to the State Capital. I wanted to have Eli assist with a flag ceremony at a rally for Cherilyn Eagar who wants to run against Bennett for the Senate race in 2010. I've never been to such an event. The Capital is lovely. The kids liked the experience as well. Except it was too long. Eli called the Scouts (our friends from GRAPES) forward with the flags and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joe the Plumber guy from Ohio is it? Came to be a support for Eagar. He seemed kind of interesting actually.

Yesterday, all three kids passed their karate test and earned their yellow belt. Each was responsible to buy a belt if they so wanted. This concluded our first semester with Keystone. We will have to decided what to do for January.

Today Eli and Gove left for an over night scout camp out somewhere west of here.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tell Us What You're Doing...

-Last week I was speaking with one of the grandmas. She hasn't seem much on my blog and wondered if we still had children. I reassured her that we do and that they have been up to a lot of good.

Gove and I attended 7 weeks of a Love and Logic course at a local school. What I learned and actually know about myself is that I'm not empathetic enough. I'm glad to see the value of empathizing and I'm working on it.

-One of the positive results of attending is that I no longer ask the kids to do their chores. We did away with chores and now have "contributions to the family". There is a list of 3x5 cards, each day has what needs to be done, the time, and how much it cost the child if not finished on time. I've earned a modest amount of coins and even a few dollars but now the kids are seeing they can earn if another fails to follow through. It's really working lovely and I'm no longer stressed. This includes the parents being responsible as well.

-The kids are attending Keystone Academy this semester. Not sure we will next semester for reasons I'll not share here. The kids enjoyed a few classes, crafts, dance, karate. We may try something else next.

-Bethany can be found in a big comfy chair reading most mornings, days, and nights, if I let her. Which I oftenn do once contributions, learning time and other responsibilities are taken care of. Beth has become a voracious reader since August when she read her first novel from the Redwall series. She's now reading her fifth book and has purchased 10 in the series with money her worked hard for this past summer. She is blossoming into a young lady and although she recognized her weakness with spelling, she most assuredly is not fearful of writing stories and sees she has really progressed in her ability to read and cipher words.

-Elijah has found the life of air-soft guns. He used his karate skills to give Tia a chop on the knee. She didn't feel anything by it but Eli broke his dominate hand. The 5th fingers meta tarsal. Notice the camouflage cast?
Eli is involved with a Statesmanship Club in Lehi. I carpool with him and two other kids. I actually presented three two hour classes on principles 11-28 of the 5,000 Year Leap. It was a great learning experience for me and I can report that I improved each time.
Eli and I attended the Utah State Association of Parliamentarians Nov 14th for their annual presentation of parliamentary procedures. Eli said he was glad to have attended even if these were over both of our heads at times. We both feel more confident is making a motion, seconding, amending, and I feel good about attempting to create bylaws now. That alone was worth the experience to me.

-We continue to host GRAPES at our home every other week with three other families. I just finished The Leader In Me and I'm trying my hand at presenting the habits to the kids over the next little while. In September I climbed with the group to the top of the Y for the first time.
-The kids attend a book club on the opposite Tuesday of GRAPES, and we at times attend Friday game day at Belinda's house who is taking a break while the fourth child makes it's splash into the world.

-Mattia has found her gift...helping other people. She believes it will be her ability to cook comforting foods. She is a great helper in the kitchen. We made two apple pies, lots of main dishes and I leave Monday dinner to her and Beth since we don't get home from statesmanship club until 6pm. This girl is tall. She is also gaining confidence in reading. It's still a struggle and I'm so glad to have her learn at her own pace and without additional pressure as I, her mom have given enough of that at times. Hey, I'm learning too. Mattia has a heart of love and is able to quickly forgive. It's one of the things I love about this daughter. You should see the art skills of this girl as well. I think this is a talent that will bless as well as we help her develop and find mentors to teach and help her mind to grasp the skills for painting. She is working on a painting of a still life picture she created. I so look forward to seeing the end product. I hope she can bring it home for Christmas.

-We are working on the basement kitchen and hope to be going with bread again in December. Real Foods in Orem would like to purchase from us and we have been working on a soaking the flour and using a starter with just enough to rise the bread but not give it a sour flavor. It's progressing but out cooking time is changing and we are needing to get that straight before we go full swing again.

-We hosted the second county wide homeschoolers picnic back in September. There was a bigger turn out this year and I hope it will grow to something more in the future years. Time will tell and how much I'm willing to give to add changes to enhance the experience.

-With thanksgiving coming we are serving once a week at the Bishop storehouse again this year. It's great when they are busy and the kids love to stock shelves and help out. We need to find what our Christmas service project is going to be.

-After three years living here, I finally joined the Wasatch Home Educators Network. They seem to have a number of field trip and activities for teens on a monthly bases that Eli might enjoy.

-Over all, things are going very well for us. I am thankful daily to be alive and blessed. Our marriage is stronger, we attend the temple monthly, sing in the ward choir, and are taking the parliamentarian test together. I'm so glad we like each other. That really helps to make a marriage worthwhile.

-I'm considering starting the PALMS book club again in January, but I want to take a path that I might not get much takers. I want to go through the 16 lessons of the Laws of Success by
Napoleon Hill. I'd like to prepare to host some Love and Logic classes and 7 Habits for Families once I learn them and start some incorporation in my life. I recently read The Leader in Me and I want to give myself , our children, and other families the opportunity to lead their lives. I just didn't know this until now. It's so wonderful to be learning and improving over time. I'm slow but I'm not giving in to despair or acceptance that this is just how things are.

-Last but not of less weight. We collected about 80 pounds of honey our
first season with two hives. Oh how I hope these girls and the queens survive the winter.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Part 3 Conclusion

Part 2 Justifying

Part 1 Persuasive Introduction...

Part 6 Organizing Info.

Part 5 Evaluate Reasoning

Part 4 Evidence

Part 3... I hope

Part 2 Refuting

part 1 Refuting Persuasive Arguments

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 17th...You've Got The make a change

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Wifehood, Motherhood, Daughterhood, Sisterhood, and Womanhood...just pondering and feeling


are beloved spirit daughters of God,
and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction.
As a worldwide sisterhood, we are united in our devotion
to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Exemplar.
We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who:

Increase our testimonies of Jesus Christ
through prayer and scripture study.

Seek spiritual strength by following the
promptings of the Holy Ghost.

Dedicate ourselves to strengthening
marriages, families, and homes.

Find nobility in motherhood
and joy in womanhood.

Delight in service and good works.

Love life and learning.

Stand for truth and righteousness.

Sustain the priesthood
as the authority of God on earth.

Rejoice in the blessings of the temple,
understand our divine destiny,
and strive for exaltation.

This feels so correct right now. It's true with all that I am feeling in my heart and mind. It's true. I rejoice to know and feel.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Tonight, I am responsible for our stake picnic. I hope to have at least 500 people in attendance. Once this picnic is over, I will finish being the Cultural Events Chairperson.

This week we finished our reading of Democracy in America, vol. 1.

Thursday evening we finished our last book discussion with our PALMS group. I hesitate with this one because I imagine it will start again but for now it's finished.

I finished worrying and talked the talk with my son about sex and maturation on Monday morning. It turned out to be a fun experience. I tried to share from the female point of view and general development of both male and female bodies. I had just finished a prayer about wanting to talk to Eli and he walks into my room. There was my sign to share with him. Next comes the girls. I found Brad Wilcox and Linda & Richard Eyre's books very helpful.

We finished celebrating Eli's birthday. It was an all day activity this past Monday. He's 12 now. With help from mom he finished his Faith in God program. With help from dad he finished reading the Book of Mormon.

Lastly, I finish this lame post.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My First Attempt at Hosting a Cottage Meeting...

I sent the following letter to what seems to be the top three mayoral candidates for the city of Provo. I am attempting to host a cottage meeting at my home next week. So far Mr. Clark is attending, Mr. Curtis may send a representative and I hope that Mr. Allphin will be able to attend in person as I think that would help to bring more citizens. (I'm guessing)

Greetings Mayoral Candidates,

I'm Nickie _____, I will be voting on September 15th. I live in the Rivergrove neighborhood, and I would like to invite you, (the three major candidates for mayor) to my home for a cottage meeting.

Here's my proposal:

I'm extending an invitation to attend our colloquium on Thursday August 27th at 7:00pm. We are discussing Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.
We meet for one hour and have a number of families attend at any given time. At 8:00pm we would like to open the floor to provide each candidate with 15 minutes to share his proposals and vision for the future of Provo. After which you would then take questions from the audience.

I have a large home and can comfortably seat 45 people in my living room. We will invite members of our neighborhood, the homeschooling community, and faculty from BYU. (Not to mention those who love chickens)

Would this opportunity work for you?

If you can attend the colloquium, we will discuss the last three chapters (16-18) of the first volume. It's about 160 pages.

Looking forward to receiving your response.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sixteen Square Blocks...

Just two complaints. That's all. Amazing. I had us walk from the entrance of Chinatown all the way across and back.

This time I went with a plan. I made sure we stopped often for "snacks" Chinese of course. Most were pastries that really didn't taste that great so I cheated and bought chocolate covered fortune cookies which I'm skeptical as to how authentic they where and I broke down for chocolate dipped macaroons. I love macaroons. The lady said they were Chinese. Go figure maybe they are.

As we walked back through Chinatown we came upon a fund raising act. It was so

loud and firecrackers were going off left and right. Drums beating crazily and these dog-like dragon costumes swaying about.

It was fun. Just two complaints and lots of thank yous from bringing them to such an interesting place.

Dedicated To Flicker...

It is with regret that I share the sad news of Flicker's demise.

Flicker was Bethany's eight year old birthday present. He was a lovely singer and brought many minutes of joy when he sang.

Sadly Flicker became ill a few months ago and on the 30th of July Beth found him laying peacefully in his seed bowl.

We held a lovely burial and kind words where offered by those in attendance. Mainly myself and our children.

Flicker was laid to rest beside the new honey locust tree along the back hill side.

A lovely place to rest if you're a bird.

Honey...It's What's For Breakfast...

That's right. It's time for extortion of the bee hives. I guess extortion isn't the right word because I'm not threatening, I'm simply taking without asking. Well, they do owe me for all those bee stings.

I think we are close to harvesting at the minimum 60 pounds of honey. I'll let you know next week. In the mean time here is a picture of Beth with some honeycomb that we removed.

What does the honey taste like? Two weeks ago it had the flavor of mint and what I thought was elderberry. Interesting.

The honeycomb was a refreshing change from gum.

This will be our first attempt at extracting. I have no idea what we are in for but they say you don't want any bees coming into the house with you...bees love honey. Oh boy.

Complaints Come With Rewards...

There are times when I think I'm going to pull the hair from my children's scalps.
These feeling are usually associated with complaints. Such as "why do we have to do this", or "how much longer", or "I'm tired of walking why are you doing this to us", or some other saying which I'm sure you have heard at some point in your child raising years.

Last week I forced my kids to walk around San Francisco. And I did hear a number of complaints BUT I also heard statements like this; "Oh Mom thanks for making us come here", or "I'm so glad we did this", or "this is neat I'm sorry I complained mom."

If I just wait and don't let myself get to the "I want to pull your hair stage" there is almost always a positive reward in the end.

Example: From Fisherman's Wharf, I marched the kids a number of blocks until we arrived at Lomdard the bottom of Lombard street that is. There was much complaining while we hiked up three or four very steep streets to finally get to the famous destination and then I heard, "this is great", "thanks for bringing us mom", "look how far you can see" ,"wow we climbed all the way up here". You see, the complaining often comes with rewards if I just let it pass without getting upset. I wonder if my kids do this more when they don't know what to expect from a new experience. I think I just hit on something here.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Absent Candidate Finds My Blog!

Read the post prior to this and you will have a clear understanding...

This is Ammon Cunningham, I was unable to make it to the meeting described in your blog. I was googling about some issues involved in this election, and came across your blog! I would also like to take some time to answer the questions which you asked. 1. I do support homeschooling. I was actually fully home schooled for a year, and then partially home schooled for another year while I grew up in Wisconsin. It was a wonderful experience, and if done correctly can be a very beneficial experience for the child, as well as the mother (or whoever happens to be doing the homeschooling). 2. I do support the chicken ordinance. I oppose any permit to keeping chickens as well. I believe that if the animals are being treated improperly though that some type of regulations need to be put into place. The three books that have prepared me for this is 1. President Hinckley's 'Stand for Something.' President Hinckley was an amazing man, admired by many. This book doesn't show only thing that I knew I could change to make my life better, but all citizens I believe could live better lives after reading this book. This is one thing I think is so important. To make our community a better place it is not entirely up to the government. It is a person choice made by each person, and citizen, everyday. The second book would be 'The Ultimate Gift'. I don't remember the author off hand, but I loved how this book shows that work is important. In our world today, where everything is easily within reach, it is still important to teach the importance of work in the home, as well as work for the things which we feel are right. I know that there are things that I can do better with the city of Provo, and even though I do not have tons of resources to dedicate to a campaign, I am running because I know that the services I can offer the city, and the citizens will be greatly beneficial. The third book, as cliche as it may sound, would have to be the scriptures. I cannot pretend that living by the principles in those books has not influenced my life. They have by far been the most influential books in my life. 4. I would definitely attend a meeting in your home. Thank you for this blog post, and I'm glad that I stumbled across it. Feel free to send me an email.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Meet The Candidates...

I attended my first River Grove Neighborhood Block meeting last night. I went because the mayoral candidates were going to be there and I wanted to meet and ask them each a question. 4 of the 6 runners attended the gathering.

My one question turned into four: 1. Do you support homeschooling? 2. Do you support families having chickens? 3. Name three books you have read that you feel have helped prepare you for this event in your life? And 4. Would you attend a cottage meeting in my home?

Here are the answers:

Don Allphin: Don is out of town and sent his son Mark to read a statement for him. Mark took my questions and will ask his dad about the three books and the homeschooling but did indicate that his father supports the chicken ordinance. Mark said his father would attend a meeting in my home.

Steven Clark: Supports Homeschooling, is pro chickens, would come to my home, and said McCullough's Truman and Adams along with a book on Oppenheimer (he invented the atomic bomb) as his books. This guy has been involved with state and federal legislatures, his wife is Cindy Clark on the current City Council Board.

Ammon Cunningham: A no show

John Curtis: He said he's pro homeschooling but his wife is President of the Provo school board. Well I guess I can't hold that against him. Pro chickens, pro cottage meetings, and finally someone said they had read Beck's Common Sense, and a leadership book by Rudy Giuliani. But no third book...It would appear this is the man with the money right now, color brochures, shirts. Interesting...bty, he is the only runner who brought his wife.

Neil Mitchell: Very pro homeschooling, pro chickens, pro cottage meetings. Doesn't like the turn over in the Lakewood subdivision area. He realizes he doesn't have all the answers but wants to try and help his community. I think this will be a hard win for him but I'm glad he is stepping forward and trying. Three books; The Forgotten Man, 1776, biography of Ronald Reagan.

Andrew Thompson: a big no show

The bee lady I spoke to yesterday about these feeling of change coming my way attended the meeting too even though she is in a different district.

One last thing. I learned that within the City Counsel there are 5 district members and two city wide members. This Fall, there are 6 people running for one of the city wide slots.

My first political type of meeting. Eli and Gavin attended with me. I'm glad they had this first experience too.

You should go out and find a first experience for yourself. Just make sure it's virtuous and safe.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."

Have you felt at some point in your life that something intangible was coming towards you? If so, what did you do? How did you prepare? Did you ever come to understand the experience?

I have been experiencing a feeling like this. Something influential is coming towards me and I have no idea what it is, how it's coming, nor why this sensation is so strong. I feel moved upon to do do do. Yet I'm not sure what what what. I decided to give thanks in my mind and prayers for this experience. I'm excited at times then apprehensive and then I just want to tell someone. I'm saying it here.

I've been trying to read... different subjects, like talking to your children about sex, progressivism, socialism & dystopianism, and democracy. Ouch!!!

On a lighter note I read an article by Susan Wise Bauer that pinned me to the wall so to speak. It's called Stop cleaning the kitchen and read a book

The paragraph above makes it sound like I've done a lot of reading. Not so, let me tell you because I find myself most often still fixing or putting things back when I should really be learning! Isn't it wonderful to have more then one chance at learning and recovering from poor habits? I sure think so.

The thought of me educating myself or of you educating yourself can feel like Susan said, “a revolutionary act”. We have been, and our children are being raised to be passive learners. Sit and listen. But now I'm no longer wanting to be a passive learner. Issac Watts said to “Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance”. I don't have to look far which I guess can be a good thing. I'm open to my ignorance. I tell myself to just keep asking.

Reading for enlightenment uses different skills then reading for pleasure. Ms. Bauer uses a three step process for enlightened reading:

First is the “grammar stage” level. Just get through the book and try to understand a few basic principles, basic story, or the basic argument. Try to create a mental overview.

Second is the logic stage. After reading the whole book, stop and ask yourself what the book is saying, how is it said, and try to decided if you agree or not. ( This seems to be a step we as readers in America don't follow and just jump to our own opinions without understanding the authors point.)

Finally the rhetoric stage (the art of speaking or writing effectively: the study of principles and rules of composition formulated by critics of ancient times: the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion: skill in the effective use of speech). This is where a book club or a good friend comes in to play. You need to talk about what you read and you also need to write for that matter. Which neither are an easy task for me. You just have to keep trying and pushing yourself. Talking is probably the best way to figure out what you think.

Yesterday morning I went to talk to a lady about bee hives and ended up telling her about these pressing feelings and what I'm going to do tonight and she said I inspired her to keep trying.

Tonight I'm going to the Meet and Greet for our district with the mayoral candidates. I plan to have two questions answered. 1. What are you currently reading and 2. What have you read that you feel has prepared you for the responsibility of Mayor?

Typing this confession is getting me excited because I, Nickie Allen, have never felt such a desire to ask questions and make judgments based upon my readings and ponderings. I want to yell, “Wow, it's me saying this, no way.”

Yes way.

Do you feel something happening to you too?

I hope so.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Something To Chew Upon...

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
"Parents can plant seeds in the hearts and minds of their children only if they know where the children are and what they are doing. Parents should not leave the teaching of their children to chance."
--Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, May 1989, p. 9

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life -- and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain."
--Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 297

Friday, July 24, 2009

Podcast: Nickie on the Doug Wright Show

Here is the recording of my chat with Doug. It's not much but it is a step in the right direction for me.

I feel like change is coming my way, something is beginning to build within me and I don't know yet what it is. What I do know is that the hand of God is preparing me for something...oh if I could just see clearer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Welcome, You're On The Air...

Methinks my public speaking class from a couple of weeks past might have paid off today.

This morning while exercising it was announced that Doug Wright of KSL radio would be discussing the poor turnout of voters in Utah. (We were rated second to last in turnout last November, and last place in 2006).

I wanted to share what I have done to become a voting citizen. All though these actions are very small steps, even small steps cause great changes.

I was the first caller and this is what I basically said...

Mr. Wright, I'm Nickie in Provo and I thank you for taking my call.
I am a reformed non-voter. I could use the excuse that my vote did not matter but really I was someone who just did not care. (I'm happy, things seem fine and I don't know squat about government so why get involved). That's what I used to think but not anymore.

I said something to the effect that I'm a homeschooling mother and have a dream or hope of my children being leaders in their homes, community, and maybe the nation. But if I want them to lead I have to set an example.

I told everyone listening about our book club that meets once a month. How we have discussed all the Federalist and Anti Federalist Papers, The Law, and now Democracy in America. I took a class from George Wythe University and had to read The 5,000 Year Leap. It was this book that made me feel so strongly that I could influence someone for a better change that could have an effect upon national government. (How? I do not yet know). But heck, before this reading I didn't even know what the 17th Amendment was!

It was at this point that Doug said he had to take a commercial break.

WHAT!!! I still wanted to share how I volunteered to be a voter precinct manager last year. How I read the voters handbook for the first time last year and how learning about the sacrifices of my founding ancestors and those of our national founders have inspired me to keep learning and trying to participate.

How I and Gove are now attending our City Council meetings and all because we are citizens of this nation and of our city, county, and simply have the responsibility to be aware, concerned, and active. It requires more then just wondering... you have to get up and start doing.

So there you have it. I'm still so surprised that I did this. Me, Nickie, on the radio standing up for a good cause. Neat.

This was another small step that is taking me to a bigger something. I wonder what it will be.....

Thursday, July 16, 2009

You Can Come Too...


We are pleased to invite you to attend a first-person, historical presentation of Mormon Church History surrounding the Mormon emigrant ship Brooklyn, the Mormon Battalion, and the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848.

Angeline Lovett of Massachusetts boarded the Brooklyn in New York on February 4, 1846 (under the direction of Samuel Brannan). She made the voyage of nearly six months around Cape Horn, stopping in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) to Yerba Buena (now San Francisco). She would marry a young man she met aboard the Brooklyn and establish the first school in California to provide instruction in English.

Moses Wade and his family were driven from their home in Nauvoo. They found temporary shelter in Council Bluffs, Iowa. There, Moses joined the Mormon Battalion, leaving his wife and 16-year old daughter in the care of a good friend. Moses was among the members of the Battalion who came to the Salt Lake Valley directly after being discharged in Los Angeles. Upon his arrival, he learned of his wife’s death and his daughter’s marriage. Moses stayed in Salt Lake and became the valley’s first commercial broom maker.

After William Sydney Smith Willes was discharged from the Mormon Battalion, he worked for John Sutter at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Shortly after James Marshall discovered Gold in 1848, Sydney Willes would find gold on a sandbar in the American River. Providing the richest panning in the entire Mother Lode, the sandbar would become known as “Mormon Island.” Sydney would eventually come to Utah and would be among the founders of Lehi, right here in Utah County.

Hear presentations made by, and ask questions of these three individuals (as portrayed by Virginia Guilbert, Peter Guilbert, and Bob “Bubba” Blair). Virginia, Peter, and Bubba are members of the Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneers , which operates under the direction of the Northern California Church Public Affairs Office to deliver more than 50 such presentations every year.

However, they rarely come to Utah. This is a rare opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind historical re-enactment. Please join us.

When: This Sunday, July 19, 2009
Where: Grand View East Stake Center (1081 W 1060 N, Provo, Utah)
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who: Anyone interested in Church History (including children)

Hope you can join us.


God's Words...Never Cease

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Utah County Statemanship Club Is Starting...Get Involved!

You are Invited to Join...

The Utah County Statesmanship Club!

Open to all youth, ages 12-18

September 2009 – April 2010

Weekly meetings held on Mondays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Classic Books and Gifts

98 West Main St., Lehi, Utah

Facilitator: Diann Jeppson, 801-450-5016,

Experience the art of statesmanship

In a high-energy environment

With awesome mentors and amazing friends!

Discover what it means to be an American

Experience classics coming alive as you discuss great ideas with

your friends

Explore the exciting world of simulations

Learn the tools of a great public speaker

Arm yourself with the tools of parliamentary procedure as you

prepare for leadership and powerful participation in any debate

Get to know the US justice system, “up close and personal,”

through speakers, a field trips to the local courthouse and

participation in a the Mock Trial Program

Improve your personal effectiveness through study and discussion

of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Develop service projects to impact your community

Enhance the quality of your character

For more information, see: “Utah County Statesmanship Club Schedule and Fees”

To register, complete the “Utah County Statesmanship Club Registration” form and submit to

Classic Books and Gifts


Utah County Statesmanship Club of Salt Lake

2009-2010 Member Registration

Name _________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

E-mail ________________________________________________________________

Phone ___________________________ Cell Phone ____________________________

Birth date _____________ Parents’ Names ___________________________________

Annual Membership Fee: $10

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Make check payable to “Classic Books and Gifts”

Deliver completed form with registration fee to:

Classic Books and Gifts store, 98 W. Main St., Lehi, UT 84043

For more information, call Diann Jeppson at 801-450-5016

Or e-mail

The Statesmanship Club program is from September 2009– April 2010


Utah County Statesmanship Club

September 2009 – April 2010

Meetings held on Mondays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Classic Books and Gifts

98 West Main St., Lehi, Utah

Facilitator: Diann Jeppson, 801-450-5016,


Annual Membership $10

Parliamentary Procedure Student Training Manual $8

NAP Membership Test Fee (Optional) $37.50

Mock Trial competition entrance fee, including handbook: $20 reg. plus $6 binder fee

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised $17 (approx) in most bookstores

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens $10 - $15 in most bookstores

The Five Thousand Year Leap $7 through the Patriots

Focus on the Founders $3 individual admission, $10 family admission

Simulation Week (5-days, includes meals) $165

Freedom Bowl Registration – Club Member Discount

$5 if you already have the Freedom Bowl Manual and $15 if you need a manual


September 14 Orientation

September 21 Public Speaking Training, Intro to Focus on the Founders

September 28 Presentation on 28 Principles of Liberty

October 5 Presentation on 28 Principles of Liberty

October 12 Presentation on 28 Principles of Liberty

October 19 Presentation on 28 Principles of Liberty

October 26 Presentation on 28 Principles of Liberty

November 2 Speech Judging Day, Public Speaking Training

November 9 Parliamentary Procedure Training

November 16 Parliamentary Procedure Training

November 23 Parliamentary Procedure Training

Thanksgiving Break

Calendar Continued

December 7 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Presentation

December 14 Colloquium Party – Sackett’s Land, by Louis L’Amour

NAP Membership Exam, Member/Advisor/Parent Mtgs.

Christmas Break

January 4 Judicial System Introduction

January 11 Mock Trial Overview

January 18 Mock Trial Skills

January 25 Mock Trial

February 1 Mock Trial

February 8 Mock Trial

February 15 Mock Trial

February 22 Mock Trial

March 1 Mock Trial

March 8 Mock Trial

March 15 Mock Trial Party

Spring Break

April 5 Simulation Week Prep

April 12 Simulation Week Prep

April 19 Simulation Week Prep

April 26 Colloquium Party – Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott,

Member/Advisor/Parent Mtgs.


Focus on the Founders Saturday, December 5, 2009

Freedom Bowl Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thomas Jefferson Education Youth Forum Saturday, March 20, 2010

Simulation Week TBA

Note: Each Statesmanship Club member will need to obtain a binder to bring to the

club meetings each week. This is for keeping handouts and taking notes. Members

will also need to download the AYLI Statesmanship Club Certification Packet from and print it for inclusion in their binder.

Friday, July 10, 2009

There's Hope For More Camping...

Last week we took our first camping trip for the season.
(I hope it wont be our last but you never know what will happen as August draws near).
In the meantime I will recall our camping at Duck Creek with fondness because of the peace I felt.Once we settle into our campsites I usually feel a lifting of stress.
What was nice about this adventure was the fact that I was not tired. For two years I've been using a c-pap machine and thanks to my weight loss efforts I did not need it this time. YAHOO!
I think sleeping without choking has been the best blessing so far. Last year while camping I was so exhausted, once I realized it was a sleeping issue I just accepted that I'd be sleeping later into the mornings to make up for all the interruptions.
Not the case this last week.Unlike other camp outs, this time I walked at lest twice a day but tried for three. As I walked the loops of the campground I was surprised to learn that it's 2 miles.
As I walked I decided to read the June Ensign and would you believe I was even able to read the July issue and finished on the 30th of June! That was pretty neat.I have a funny habit of using my overly active imagination when camping. I have often thought what if a bear is out there? I tended to think this when I was waking up suddenly during the night. But not last week. Sleeping solidly and not a concern if a bear did come through. Two buck deer maybe mule deer were eating behind out tent. I felt pretty safe with them munching away on the mountain grasses.

When I first started camping with Gove, I could not imagine more then two days without a shower. Now I can go five days. Without the c-pap, my hair doesn't get messy. Just another plus for better health and fresh air. Speaking of air we were about 8,000ish feet above sea level. The evenings are cool and the nights required a sleeping bag. That's really a nice way to sleep.I like camping with my family. Gove is great at cooking over the fire. He made sour dough breads, pizza and french fries from scratch. You will have to ask him about the time he was frying potatoes at the Five Finger Lakes in Louisiana. It's possible a space shuttle might of seen the glow.
Camping is fun. There is never a dull moment even when it's pouring down rain. I like camping. You should go camping with your family too.