When Mormons Doubt: Jon Ogden

When Mormons Doubt: Jon Ogden

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Have you ever had one of those awkward conversations with someone who grew up the same way you did… but… YOU’VE changed?  Maybe they are still in the same mode of thinking and living, but you’ve shifted in some way. It could be politics, religion, sexuality, career, school related… whatever. We’ve all been there.  Author Jon Ogden wrote a great book called “When Mormons Doubt: A Way to Save Relationships and Seek a Quality of Life”. It’s a great book about how to navigate those critical conversations while preserving those important relationships. Order your copy of it today by clicking on the book cover below:

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Johnson / Weld Libertarian Rally

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It’s that time of year when we (and I’m assuming that if you read my stuff, this applies to you) all lose a few friends due to political conversations.  Choosing between the lesser of two evils is dicey stuff. Only the most loving or ambivalent of friendships withstand the test.

Good thing we have Gary Johnson & Bill Weld to save the day!

Worst case scenario, your friends will think you are overly optimistic for supporting the Libertarian candidates.  That’s an indictment I will happily live with.

Governors Johnson and Weld came to Salt Lake City on 6 Aug for a rally at the University of Utah. We had an awesome turnout, a roaring crowd of 1500 people along with coverage from every news outlet in town.  I had the privilege of photographing the event and participating in the press conference beforehand. The podcast episode attached to this post contains the audio from the press conference. Senator Mark Madsen (newly minted Libertarian, having recently left the Republican Party), joined Johnson & Weld for the media Q&A.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are well known for their ability to “reach across the isle”.  Their political careers provide the evidence; I’m now beginning to see the mechanism behind it. They don’t spend time talking negatively about thier opponents. They understand that words have power, and choose to focus that power on THEIR ideas, principles, and plans.  Not only that, they come to every conversation with an understanding that most of us have more in common than we realize.  When you begin a political conversation by recognizing and discussing the points you have in common, it sets the stage for a truly open minded exchange where differing points of view may be considered.  “Debate” is nearly useless as a tool for convincing people. How many times has your mind been changed because someone proved to you how wrong you are?  That’s what I thought.  😉  A couple of thoughts from the unofficial Gary Johnson / Bill Weld playbook of sharing Libertarianism:

  • Don’t waste time talking negatively about Trump or Clinton. It’s all been said. They do it to each other and themselves better than you or I could ever dream of doing.
  • Realize that most of us have A LOT in common. Begin your conversations by talking about the things you have in common. (For instance, Bernie supporters and Libertarians are both very concerned about crony capitalism and VALUE ethics in business).
  • Rather than attack other points of view, spend time sharing the positives of your own position and how it’s made a difference in your life / how you expect it to make a difference.
  • Accept that not everyone is going to agree with your conclusions. Make sure you remain friends. Friendship is more important than being “right”.

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Scott Carter on Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic & Antisocial Personality Disorders

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Think about the important relationships in your life… work, family, romantic, friends…  Do you ever feel like you are walking on eggshells with any of them?

Do you ever feel like you are in a weird cycle of approval / disapproval?

Have you abandoned your friends because “they really aren’t that good for you”?

Do you have someone in your life that claims to see “your true potential” but then also manages to make you feel pretty awful about yourself?

You might be dealing with someone who suffers from one of the “Cluster B” personality disorders: Narcissistic, Histrionic, Borderline, or Antisocial personality disorder.  On today’s show, therapist Scott Carter gives us the rundown on this roller coaster ride.

Connect with Scott Carter at www.SaltCityCounseling.com  or  385.202.4174

Jesse Parent on the art of words

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Spoken word performer Jesse Parent joined us in the studio to talk about the world of words. He even helped Louie compose a Haiku.

 

Connect with Jesse Parent:

https://twitter.com/jesseparent

https://www.facebook.com/jesse.l.parent

Connect with Louie Bonaciacci:

Facebook.com/LouieLovesPasta

Instagram.com/LouieLovesPasta

www.LouieLovesPasta.com

 

 

Jake from TLC’s Single Dad Seeking

We’ve all tried Internet dating….  but have you ever had a camera crew follow you around as you go on the actual dates?  TLC has a new reality show, Single Dad Seeking, which chronicles the attempts of several single fathers to find love again.  One of the stars of the show, Jake Cope, joins me (and Louie Bonaciacci), in the studio today to talk about his experience.

One of the early plot lines of the show centers around Jake leaving Ami home alone and staying out all night without telling her what was going on. They built up a lot of mystery as to what Jake was doing out all night long.  I know exactly what he was doing, because I was with him. On today’s episode, we reveal the truth.

Check out the teaser clip from the night Jake stayed out all night with my friends and I, leaving his TV girlfriend, Ami, home alone.

 

Connect with Jake Cope:

https://twitter.com/copejakecope

https://www.facebook.com/jake.cope.94

Connect with Louie Bonaciacci:

Facebook.com/LouieLovesPasta

Instagram.com/LouieLovesPasta

www.LouieLovesPasta.com

Photos from my shoot with Jake:

Paul and Louie On The Air!

Jake Garn wanted a couple of days off from his five days / week schedule… so he asked me to give him a hand. I gladly obliged him, with the help of Mob Boss and Presidential Candidate Louie Bonaciacci.  Check out our debut episode!

Connect with Louie Bonaciacci:

Facebook.com/LouieLovesPasta

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All joking aside: bullying and caring for a dying mother

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Stand up comedian Nicholas Don Smith has a reputation for sharp tongued, foul mouthed, expertly wordsmithed self effacing jokes. On today’s episode, he opens up about how being bullied as a kid gave rise to his interest in comedy – as a defense mechanism.  Nicholas also has spent the last several years as the primary caregiver for his dying mother. Nicholas shares some advice for any of you guys who may be going through a similar thing.

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The King Eats First: Sean Whalen

Our culture is in the midst of a masculine crisis. Too many of our men are broken, perpetuating many of society’s problems. Men’s coach Sean Whalen, of Lions Not Sheep, joins us to talk about these quintessential masculine dilemmas.

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