A Christmas Poem for Me from Mom

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I was reading through my Mom’s (Brenda Strain) journals, that my wife so kindly copied for me for Christmas. I found a poem she wrote for me while I was on my mission. It’s funny how different the feelings are reading it now vs reading it then. Before I could really understand it, I had to do some growing up. … Read More

Mothers

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Mothers

If you’re not a big poetry person like I am, you might not recognize this is a Concrete/Visual poem where the shape of the text has meaning. Just a heads up.

I Remember Christmas

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I  Remember Christmas By Bryan Strain   I remember Christmas when I was just a boy. I remember putting plates of goodies on porches in secret ploys. I remember searching high and low when Mom and Dad weren’t home. I remember making sure our family and friends were never left alone. I remember Mommy teaching me to make the candy … Read More

My Flag

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My Flag

My Flag By Bryan Strain Old Glory how I love you. Your stars give certain light Your pure white stripes burn in my heart And in this crazy world despite The blood that still flows in stripes of red To defend your heaven blue field Some who live under your gaze Don’t understand the power that you wield   Some … Read More

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

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Living

What Does It Mean To Be Human? By Bryan Strain What does it mean to be human? I think that I should know. Do I have time for all of it? How much can I grow? I’ve decided reading is the key, to find out Every part. The pain, the pleasure, the interesting, the depths of human heart. I’ve lived … Read More

Traditional Vs. Online Education

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Bryan Strain Utah State University 4 November 2012 Traditional vs. Online Education Traditional school is vastly superior to an online education.  Teachers are more than a fountain of knowledge; they are motivators, friends, and confidants.  While I agree that you can learn in the sterile, emotionless, online world, you cannot learn to the same level in the same amount of … Read More

10 More Steps

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Mom and Me

I can’t claim this one because I truly believe someone from the other side gave it to me after my mothers passing.  My son was away at boot camp and I was headed to the hospital for my fourth back surgery.  It was a really difficult time, but it was also a deeply spiritual experience. 10 More Steps By Unknown … Read More

Fourteen

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Fourteen By M. Bryan Strain I know I screwed up- I knew better- I did it anyway- I just wanted to know if I could- I’m sorry- Yell at me! Punish me! Say something! Anything? The Silence lets my mind torture itself too much

My Heart Runneth Over

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My Heart Runneth Over By Bryan Strain Mom and Dad I love you, You’re all I know for sure. My best friend I love you, I couldn’t ask for more. I find love for another friend, Perhaps a little more. I love my wife beyond all love, I’ve ever had before. Now a son I love you, Your innocence adore. … Read More

Haunted by the Holiday

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USU Poe-esk Poetry Contest Award

I won honorable mention in a Utah State University poetry contest. Because there was only one winner and one honorable mention it was like taking second place.  When you read this, make sure the scream is loud enough to make everyone within earshot jump.  Since the formatting is important, I have included a link to a PDF file on this … Read More

Mars

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Mars                 The only planet in our solar system, other than Earth, that grants humans the potential to walk on its surface is Mars.  The red planet is named after the roman god of war.  It is called the red planet because the large amounts of iron oxide in the soil tint the planet red. (Reddish orange if you ask … Read More

25 Years Into the Future

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M. Bryan Strain – Integrated Life Sciences – USU 1350 – 09/05/2011 Programmable Matter will have the biggest impact on human life as we know it.  The technology seems like science fiction now, but in the not to distance future it will change the way people perceive the world.  The new technology promises everything from artificial atoms that can create … Read More

Science Effects My Life: Statistics

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M. Bryan Strain – Integrated Life Sciences – USU 1350 – 09/05/2011 I had no idea how learning statistics would change my view on the world.  I took a job working for a company that teaches people how to trade stock options. I would never have guessed when I was in high school that my math teacher would be right … Read More

BYU Jazz Voices

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November/December is the very best time of the year for choir music.  I took my daughter down to the Harris Fine Arts Center at BYU to hear the Jazz Voices sing a mixed bag of Jazz flavored music. The first half of the performance included a range of songs many people would recognize by title and lyrics, but not necessarily … Read More

Polychromatic

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My wife, Vonda, and I saw the dance production Polychromatic last weekend.  We didn’t really know what to expect from a contemporary dance show.  We read about it on the internet and noticed one section was called 80’s Night.  Since my wife and I were in Jr. High and High School during the 80’s we thought it would be a … Read More

Marry Poppins, (The Broadway Musical)

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I took my son Josh to see Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theatre. We had a wonderful evening together.  The musical differed from the original movie by Disney.  The story line was interesting but, Josh and I agreed, the original was the best. The actors were flawless in their performance.  Their voices were perfect for their parts.  I’ve come to … Read More

Joseph Smith Volume 1: The Gold Plates

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I took my wife Vonda to see the latest LDS film titled Joseph Smith Volume 1, The Gold Plates.  We had an enjoyable date night and found the content of the movie inspiring. Since I am very well read on the content of this film it was evident to me the makers were trying to stay very close to actual … Read More

Jon Schmidt and Steve Sharp Nelson

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I took my daughter to see Jon Schmidt and Steve Sharp Nelson perform at Thanksgiving Point’s garden amphitheater.  I couldn’t wait to see Jon’s stage antics and listen to his creative mash-ups. I was interested in showing my daughter how her own gifts may become profitable if she is willing to work hard. I hoped the show would capture her … Read More

LeConte Stewart

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I took my daughter, Amberly, to see the LeConte Stewart exhibit at the LDS Church History Museum.  Mr. Stewart is known for his Utah landscape and depression era oil paintings and other artwork. I noticed that Mr. Stewart’s paintings had a great variety in technique.  Some of the oil paintings had large amounts of paint in clumps.  You could see … Read More

Letters to Juliet

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It was date night last night so my wife and I watched the film Letters to Juliet.  It was definitely a “chick flick”.  It wasn’t as hard to watch as Anne of Green Gables, but I would hate to admit to any of the guys that I enjoyed it. The movie is about a girl “Sophie” who travels to Italy … Read More