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Rod Mann
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A local paper published an article about our creative Christmas yard decorations composed of campaign signs and milk jugs. I must admit most of the creative came from my wife :). Merry Christmas to all. http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/highland/highland-family-makes-penguins-igloos-out-of-recyclables-for-holidays/article_9ac37d5e-fe67-559b-9061-8a357381235f.html

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Excellent article well worth the few minutes it takes to read. "Today’s children come to school emotionally unavailable for learning and there are many factors in our modern lifestyle that contribute to this. As we know, the brain is malleable. Through environment we can make the brain “stronger” or make it “weaker”. I truly believe that with all our greatest intentions, we unfortunately remold our children’s brains in the wrong direction. Here is why…" Some of what she covers is referenced in one of the best parenting books my wife and I have ever read, A Family of Value by John Rosemont, 1995. We've given a number of copies away over the years. http://www.amazon.com/Family-Value-John-Rosemond/dp/0836205057/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464505534&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=a+familyy+of+value

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Below is a link to my notes on Work Session (3/8) and the subsequent Council Meeting (3/15). The work session was very interesting and relevant to all Highland residents -- utility rate study and what I think is a great water conversation option. Our council meeting included a review of the recent resident survey. We also were presented with a draft version of our annual report, which is much improved over previous years, and were presented with an updated development plan for a senior living center in Town Center. There is lots of information in this "report" that is worth reviewing. ‪#‎HighlandUT‬

"We need in our country today less politics and more statesmanship, less party and more patriotism."—William George Jordan, The House of Governors, 1907

More applicable today than it was over 100 years ago when it was written. 

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Great thoughts on individual responsibility vs. campaign promises.

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Great Christmas video by a fun family. They are good friends of ours.

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Curious about the 2015 Highland election results. Here's a link to a post where I share several charts and graphs based on available election data.

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I wrote some final thoughts on selecting candidates. If you haven't voted and haven't made up your mind then you might find this useful in your evaluation process. Then again you might not. Note, much of this is general information and can be applied to any election.

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If we look back upon our past life we will see how, in the marvelous working of events, the cities of our greatest happiness and of our fullest success have been built along the rivers of our deepest sorrows, our most abject failures. We then realize that our present happiness or success would have been impossible had it not been for some terrible affliction or loss in the past,—some wondrous potent force in the evolution of our character or our fortune. This should be a wondrous stimulus to us in bearing the trials and sorrows of life. —William George Jordan, “Worry, the Great American Disease”, The Kingship of Self-Control, 1898. Click on the link below to read this short chapter.
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