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Month: February 2017

Minimalism & Muhammad Ali: A Lesson from The Champ

Minimalism & Muhammad Ali: A Lesson from The Champ

Muhammad Ali’s discovery of minimalism is as inspiring as it is relatable. Ali’s death in 2016 compelled many to reexamine his life. His presence endures in the lives of those who — like me — are only connected by old video footage and stories of [...]
BOOK REVIEW: After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton

BOOK REVIEW: After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton

This book was fascinating. What’s more? It was not nearly as dry as I thought it would be. Hazleton delivers the information with a narrative arc while chronicling the events that lead to the split between Sunni and Shia Islam. I fully appreciated the light […]

The Creative Undergraduate: Why We No Longer Care, and Just Want To Be Done

The Creative Undergraduate: Why We No Longer Care, and Just Want To Be Done

Most college students have a vague idea of what they want to be when they grow up. They are certain about one thing, they need a degree… right? My generation was raised on a steady diet of go to school, get good grades, then get [...]
BOOK REVIEW: Misery by Stephen King

BOOK REVIEW: Misery by Stephen King

Misery was truly terrifying. Often, I found myself taking my eyes off the page just to breathe heavily, almost reorienting myself to reality. Annie Wilkes may represent the most terrifying and realistic portrayal of an antagonist I could ever imagine. I loved that the protagonist was […]

A decade of grit: How Greg Williams built UVU wrestling

A decade of grit: How Greg Williams built UVU wrestling

Photos by Brigham Berthold OREM—The UVU wrestling room is a well-hidden but distinct location on campus. Forest green and canary yellow mats cover the wide floor beneath a low ceiling. Infrequently spaced windows and dark walls punctuate a feeling of closeness as the scent of [...]
Understanding Buddhism – An Interview with a Buddhist US Soldier

Understanding Buddhism – An Interview with a Buddhist US Soldier

A dear friend of mine, and a fellow soldier, is a Buddhist. She and I have shared wonderful conversations during our friendship; some of which have dealt with our differing faith systems. Hopefully this quick 8 question interview will allow you to gain a better [...]
BOOK REVIEW: How to Relax: Stop Being Busy, Take a Break and Get Better Results While Doing Less by Martin Meadows

BOOK REVIEW: How to Relax: Stop Being Busy, Take a Break and Get Better Results While Doing Less by Martin Meadows

This was an incredibly quick read. It appears Martin Meadows has made his mark publishing bite-sized summations of more robust research. While his detractors call this cheap, I disagree, calling it well-achieved. Everything in this book was a reminder. Nothing was new or revelatory and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan

BOOK REVIEW: Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan

BRIG's REVIEW: Is a 0.5-star rating available? I hated this book. I took as much as I could handle, then I had my wife summarize the details I missed. Despite a distillation of Kogan's laborious prose, even my wife's more patient (and more empathetic) retelling [...]