Years ago, a family friend and very prolific writer, Cleon Skousen shared with me one of the strategies he used in writing. In his basement, he set up multiple card tables, each with a different writing project along with the associated research, miscellaneous notes, and transcripts. He would focus on one project until he would start to tire or hit a snag in his writing, then he would shift to the next table. The act of physically moving, refocusing and re-engaging allowed him to sustain his momentum and creativity. Bottom line: he found that a change was often better than a rest.

In today’s environment with so many demands on our time, mental and physical fatigue is a challenge. Yet, there is a real urgency to all of the work that needs to be accomplished in preparing every needful thing. Strategies like the one Cleon used are helpful, however, we need to remember to keep some balance. Part of keeping things in balance is spending time with those that make us laugh. Yes, spend time with someone that makes you laugh.

Laughing, chuckling, or indulging in a great big smile is one of the healthiest things a person can do. There is real chemistry involved that promotes health and wellness when you experience honest heartfelt laughter. I have identified friends and family that make me laugh and I make sure that I talk with them regularly, that I invite them to go with me on errands or I go with them on their errands or help them with something that they are involved in. This investment of time pays large dividends in keeping one's sanity and productivity.

Not only allow yourself and others to experience joy, know that man is that he/she might have joy. I invite you and those around you to incorporate some laughter, chuckling, and smiling into your lives. This is a choice, one that will help keep things sweet and more in balance. When one is in balance, much more can be accomplished, simply because we feel better.

God speed, 
Philip J. Gleason,

Reminder For Riverbed Ranch Community Members:

Do you have plans to build structures on your lot over the next 12 months? If so, please fill out this survey so we can link groups together for group buys on materials, etc.

Thank you!


Currently, there is a need for those with construction skills

Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability. Consideration for these employment opportunities will first be offered to the Utah OSR Land Cooperative shareholders and their family members. If you are interested, please, send a brief introduction of your skills and availability to for consideration.


Due to scheduling conflicts, this week's webinar has been canceled.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Do you have a gift, talent or experience with being self-reliant that you could share among us?

If so, we invite you to submit an article to be published in the Academy Newsletter. To help you submit your article, Coleen Gleason, one of our editors, will be happy to assist you. You can contact her or send your articles to her at Upon review and acceptance, you will be notified when your article will be published.

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Here's what we've got going on!

Want to learn how to achieve greater self-reliance in our 250-family modern homesteading community? Then check out our Intro Meetings where we discuss what you can do, and where to start!

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We are ready to place orders with Sol-Ark for our solar systems! 

Please note that due to a limited supply, prices will be going up on October 1st.

If you have any questions or want to submit an order for our next shipment, please contact Philip Gleason at or call him directly at (801) 310-1947.


Have a great week! - The AOSR Team
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