One Man’s Vision by Morgan Reber: How Yeah Samaké Will Change Mali Through Education

Hear this guy is pretty amaze.

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This post was originally written on Morgan’s blog at:


After my interview with Yeah Samaké. I’m on the left, Yeah is in the middle, and Michael Devonas (founder of the BYU chapter of Empower Mali) is on the right. It was such a wonderful experience being able to meet and talk with him! He’s a wonderful man, an incredible leader, and an inspiration to us all! 

Progeny to a nation of opportunities and facilities that would be the stuff of miracles in a worse-heeled country, the ignorant, gluttonous exploitation and thanklessness so ubiquitous between the white picket fences of the middle-class American breed happy, smiling Frankenstein monsters of political leaders too plastic and unacquainted with critical issues like poverty, illiteracy, and corruption. That breach between quandary and captain remains inaccessible if the Babel of dissimilarity obstructs resolution from being reached. To remedy social ills, a leader must speak the…

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Upcoming events in Utah!

This man has an amazing story. If you have a chance to hear it or read it, you will never be the same yourself.

I Support Yeah

Have you met Yeah? You need to meet Yeah Samaké. His story will blow you away. He is an inspiration to everyone that meets him. Join as us at one of the last events in Utah before the election! He is returning to Mali shortly to campaign rigorously during the last 50 days of the election.

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Open House with Yeah Samaké

DATE: Thursday, June 6
TIME: 7:00pm
PLACE: Home of Roger and Dawn Hill, 497 N. Bald Mountain Dr., Alpine, UT 84004

Meet and Greet at City Creek Commons with Yeah

DATE: Friday, June 7
TIME: 8:00 – 10:00 am
PLACE: City Creek Commons, 50 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Light brunch will be provided.

Directions: The Commons Room at City Creek is located just behind Deseret Book on South Temple.  There is a beautifully carved wooden facade in front of the brick building with “The Commons”  written just above the…

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With Broken Hearts

With broken hearts, we all feel the loss today for the children and teachers in the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut. Our hearts go out to the families and community. May their healing start soon and be complete.

This brings a question to the surface: What has gone wrong lately with so many massacres and suicides? I would like to submit to you that we have forgotten to help our neighbors. We need to be there for each other so that nobody feels isolated and alone.

We do not know exactly what went wrong with the shooter in Colorado and now the two in Connecticut. We do not know what happened in China with the man who wielded an ax at a day care. Another man used a knife to slash 22 people at a different location in China.

Many questions arise: Were they mentally unstable? If yes, why did they not receive the help that they needed? Perhaps they were feeling despair or anger.

We are all in this world together. We need to be aware of each other. We need to take responsibility to be kind and be conscientious of each other. A smile goes a long way to ease the stress that we are all feeling with the changes in economy, political shifts, El Nino, disintegration of the traditional family, and climate changes. A smile is not the cure-all, obviously, but it is a start. Reaching out is imperative.

Surely some sociological researchers will try to discover if there is a link between us being so focused on ourselves (videos, games, phones) and the connection with people in the community or neighborhood.

By simply being ourselves and lending a small helping hand wherever we can, the ripple effect will make our world a better place.

We are all in this together. We share the joy and also the pain. We need to be more connected in person. Even if that means leaving the phone at home and turning off the gaming system more often.

Will you join me in a challenge? I am going to challenge myself to look for an opportunity to reach out to someone this week. I will probably just start a little conversation or say hello and sincerely ask “how are you?”

Let’s set aside fear and replace it with care and compassion for our fellow beings. We will see a whole new world if we do.

-the end-

Links for the stories mentioned above:

Misogyny is the Term that Describes When a Man Hates Women or Girls

Misogyny is a new word for me. I just learned it yesterday when I happened upon this link for The New Yorker.

The tag that initially caught my attention was a subtitle that said “What Obama Could Learn from Julia Gillard’s Speech on Australian Misogyny?: The New Yorker”  Wondering what Australia could possibly have to do with the US President, I clicked on it and was fully enlightened about Julia Gillard’s perspective and opinion. I also enjoyed hearing the Australian accent and seeing a strong woman stand up for things she feels passionate about, Her main point was that women need to be treated equally with men.


Here is the link to see the speech and the article in The New Yorker:


Edward Archbold Wins Cockroach Eating Contest and Then Sadly, Dies!

What a stinking lot of rotten luck! One minute you’re excited that you won and the next minute you are traveling somehow to heaven! Seriously, this poor guy! You never know what will happen next.

So, the poor sod was eating worms and cockroaches to win a contest at a pet store in Florida on Friday night. He then started to feel poorly and regurgitate. Soon he collapsed and died. Quite a unique way to go, I must say!

Rest in peace, dear Eddie Archbold.