Along for the ride: A night in the life of a Rexburg police officer – Standard Journal: News


My first police ride-along was awesome! It was definitely no episode of “COPS” but it was definitely worth it. Rexburg has a great police department, they do their job well. Ben Johnson was a great guy and it was an honor to spend a couple of hours with him. Remember these are just good guys doing there best in a crazy world. Yes, we should hold them accountable, when they make mistakes. That’s the burden of being a public figure under constant scrutiny. But there are a lot of good men and women out there in law enforcement, and every once in a while it wouldn’t hurt to cut them some lack and treat them with a little respect. For my story on the ride along, check out the link below. Good

Along for the ride: A night in the life of a Rexburg police officer – Standard Journal: News.


Why I stopped hating Relief Society


Although targeting mostly a Mormon audience it brings of some interesting points about feminism and women organizing I think a lot radical elements overlook. Sometimes the best way to change hearts and minds is actually to simply be nice to other people. Interesting perspective and well-written. That’s why I’m stealing it (insert chuckle).

How Vast Is Our Purpose


When I turned 18, I was excited for a lot of things.

I was excited to graduate high school, go to college, finally hold that voter’s registration card (nerd) and start my life as a young adult.

I was not excited to go to Relief Society.

I wasn’t really a fan of Young Women’s either, but anything sounded better than hanging out with all the old, married ladies in my ward for that final hour block of church.

I wasn’t interested in going to a crash course on how to be a housewife, and I knew I would just leave feeling grumpy and irritated.

Now that I’m in a student ward at BYU-Idaho, I’m not hanging out with old married ladies. I get to hang out with women my age. Kind of like a Young Women’s 2.0.

I’ll admit, when I first starting attending Relief Society in my student ward, I…

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Know the meanings of words you use – Standard Journal: Opinion


At 2:09 in this brief clip contains probably one of my favorite comedic lines in film. I love it when Inigo Montoya says, “I do not think it means what you think it means.” In fact, it’s become my standard comeback for people who ignorantly misuse words. This sentence became the basis for my most recent column about the misuse of the word “communism.” I’m really getting tired of people calling each other “communist” simply because they have a viewpoint different than the mainstream of society. Check out the link below for the entire column.

Know the meanings of words you use – Standard Journal: Opinion.

Five habits of weight loss success – Standard Journal: Opinion



My review of a pretty decent weight loss book. That may sound random coming from skinny little me, but it’s actually worth your time. It’s one of the few I’ve seen that is based more on changing your overall lifestyle than faddish pseudo-science. In fact, a lot of concepts in the book even go beyond weight loss into the realms of good planning/goal setting skills help. There’s a lot there, I hope the review is helpful. Click on the link for more.

Five habits of weight loss success – Standard Journal: Opinion.

Thoughts on Life: Neurological Traffic Jam


I have what’s called Sensory Processing Disorder, also known as “sensory integration dysfunction.”  It’s a condition that is fairly new to the medical world. Only with in the last twenty years has it gained much recognition and even to this day it’s hard to diagnose. It certainly doesn’t help that in a world obsessed with ADD as the explanation for erratic behavior, SPD tends to share many systems of those with ADD or ADHD.

But it’s not. I promise.

I know because I tried ADD medications, anti-depressants, nothing worked. My mind was still cloudy and I was possessed by this overwhelming desire for intense exercise.

Seriously, there are moments during work I just crave randomly interrupting my routine to go run for miles, or swing on a swing set, or just any sort of intense physical activity.

In fact, it wasn’t until I went out on a swing set one time recently that I started to feel better.

No magic pill is going to fix this. Only a major lifestyle change which has been slow in coming. In fact, only recently have I begun to accept and embrace this problem in my life.

My parents told me about it, even tried to encourage me to do things to help manage my sensory overload. But I was a stubborn teen who liked to wallow more in his self-pity than actually do anything for self-improvement.

It’s been my excuse for poor behavior for a long time. Unfortunately I fell into that category of people who used their disability as a crutch to garner pity and support. Now that I’m married and planning on starting a family I realize I need to raise the bar for myself, not only for my wife but for our coming baby girl.

And so it’s time for me to be honest with myself, to evaluate myself and see where I need to go from here.

So, before I go any further here’s a more comprehensive definition of Sensory Processing  Disorder or SPD is.

Sensory processing (sometimes called “sensory integration” or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.”

“Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.”

This definiton comes from the SPD Foudation’s website andif you’re interested in learning more check out the link.

Welcome to my life, but this is only the beginning, even for me.

Yes, I’m an adult but this is the first time I’ve ever really acknowledged this disorder for myself and the first time I’ve ever really tried to do anything about it. I’m just at a stage in life where too many people are dependent on me for me to shut down all the time.

It’s going to be a long, difficult process, but I’ve always known that. Even writing this post is hard because of all the thoughts, ideas and stress ramming themselves through my mind at once.

Overwhelmed, is more than passing adjective for me, it’s description of entire life. It’s basically who I am.

And it’s strangest thing that even though it’s hard to write, writing/typing is about the only time I feel I can organize my thoughts.

So I invite you, the reader into a journey inside my head. I can’t promise it’ll be pretty. In fact, I think I’m ultimately writing this more for me and my family than anyone else. Maybe people will understand, maybe they won’t, but if even one person is helped by this, even if it’s myself it was worth the effort.

Unbroken: Filming the unfilmable – Standard Journal: Opinion


I finally had a chance to read “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, and I just have to say that it is one of the most incredible pieces of nonfiction I’ve ever read. Check out my review of the movie and book by following the link. via Unbroken: Filming the unfilmable – Standard Journal: Opinion.

Second Sears thief sentenced


REXBURG —Sherri Fullmer, the owner of Sears in Rexburg, appeared in court again for the sentencing of the second Sears employee charged with stealing from her. Probably one of the saddest cases I sat in on as reporter. Even though she’d given him several chances, Brady Clements still choose to steal thousands of dollars in cash and goods from her. Partially as a result of his theft and that of another employee this employer, the owner of Sears in Rexburg could lose her job.

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