Backstage at the “Man in the Moon”

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Utah State Headlines | 2 comments

A week prior to the “Man in the Moon” event, my name was forwarded to Kristina Ribali, Social Media Director for FreedomWorks. It was because of my local blogging about National and Utah politics, that she invited me to be backstage at the “Free the People” Speaker Series, to blog, tweet, facebook, what I saw. I didn’t know what to expect, I had never been given such an opportunity to an event as big as this was. But I gladly accepted. Kristina also invited me to be part of the pre-show to “Free the People,” which was to air over the internet. Again I didn’t know what to expect, I’d never been interviewed before! I was given permission as well, to bring my video camera, to take pictures and talk with anyone. I had complete access! Wow! I was excited!

Glenn Beck and Kristina Ribali with bloggers from around the country prior to Freedom Works "Free the People" event July 5, 2013

Glenn Beck and Kristina Ribali with bloggers from around the country prior to Freedom Works “Free the People” event July 5, 2013

Arriving with a friend of mine, we were ushered through the gates, to the backrooms where we would set up. I was introduced to other bloggers as they came in, fully expecting to see other known bloggers in Utah. I was the only one. The diversity of bloggers there was great! Brenden Loy, a self proclaimed Left centrist was there, as was Michelle Ray who was our Libertarian. I found them to be really good people and it was a privilege to meet them!

We set up our equipment and set out! I tried to stay out of everyone’s way as they were planning for the show. Speakers were showing up. So was the wind and rain! The Man in the Moon had set backs and the crew was concerned with the props. The fact that my hair went completely uncurled and started to frizz was such a minor thing I didn’t dare ask if someone had a curling iron! So alas my 2 minutes off camera time was met with wind blown hair! A great first impression! You can see my portion of the pre-show below.

It was the atmosphere and the people that mattered though. It was calm, orderly, genuine! I’m sure nerves were being rattled just a bit, but I never saw it. These people were professional and they (and decidedly me) wouldn’t panic unless we had to. But how could panic ensue, with such faith promoting people? It couldn’t, nor did it. The only set back that I knew of was that the pre-show was stopped because the winds were just too much and the connection to the internet was at a minimal. But it was OK!

Opening the door to where I was set up, I came face to face with Glenn Beck, already speaking with the rest of the bloggers. I tried to come in as causal as possible! Mr. Beck has a gravitational pull about him. Like him or not, his presence commands respect. He was kind and soft spoken like he gets at times when he talks about topic he cares about. He was gracious with his time, as short as it was, and was genuinely interested in our conversation. He appreciated our efforts to be involved at the grassroots level, and asked to keep doing it, as we could make a difference together. He took a few pictures with us and then left to finish preparing for the Speaker’s series.

Glenn Beck - July 5, 2013

Glenn Beck – July 5, 2013

At that point the “Free the People” event had started. Kristina was incredible, asking various speakers to come and interview with us. She was going non-stop! One by one, as time permitted she brought them back to our room. In walked Saratoga Springs Mayor, Mia Love, who is running for Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Following her was Freedom Works’ Deneen Borelli, and then Arizona Congressman David Schweikert, ending with Utah Senator Mike Lee. (All of those interviews can be seen in up coming posts)

The night went extremely fast with never a dull moment. As Glenn Beck was on stage, I was backstage right behind the producers. Watching Glenn on the screen I heard him hinting to the audience of the Man in the Moon2, now in production for next year. The cues were right on, the choir and Glenn’s story was in sync. Not a sound could be heard from the audience, and if I’m not mistaken the light rain had stopped. It was an amazing moment. I looked around me and I was standing next to Rafael Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, and Matt Kibbe, President of Freedom Works, was on the other side. Even in the back we could feel the power behind the story. The host of the evening, (forgive me as I don’t remember her name) leaned over to me and she said, “you could hear a pin drop, its so quiet.” I replied, “That’s what happens when the Spirit moves.”

After the show I was again offered to come backstage and see the goings on before the “Man in the Moon” production. I was excited for the chance to come yet again.

Double rainbow over "Man in the Moon" - July 6, 2013

Double rainbow over “Man in the Moon” – July 6, 2013

The next evening at the Man in the Moon, I had ran through torrential rain. There goes my done up hair again. Oh C’est la vie! That’s life! Umbrellas weren’t allowed in the USANA Amphitheater, and I wasn’t the only one getting soaked. At least this time I wasn’t going on camera. But I did take pictures! I was able to meet Raj Nair, host of Liberty Treehouse. I saw Buck Sexton but didn’t approach him as he was speaking on the Blaze Radio. Talking about the crisis in Egypt I imagined. On stage I was able to meet David Barton of Wallbuilders.com and thank him for his books that taught historical truth!

And once again I met Glenn Beck. He was pacing it seemed a little nervous about the show being partly shut down to the projectors potentially being damaged by the rain. $600,000 and he’d have to pay for each one that was ruined because of water damage. Earlier a prayer, lead by David Barton, was given with specific request to let the rains pass by the amphitheater. It was amazing. Within 40-45 minutes the skies cleared with double rainbows behind the stage. Glenn was still nervous though, the crew even more so. What was the plan? I knew I had a maybe a minute, but I went up to him and wished him luck! He placed his hand on my arm and said in his quiet voice “Thank you.” Quickly he noticed that my jean jacket was still soaked from the rain. I said it was ok, that I would dry, and that everything would be ok. He smiled, asked where my family was sitting, I pointed off stage left to the grass. Again, he was genuine and as much as I wanted to sit down and have a conversation with him, I thanked him for the privilege to be backstage and left to be with my family.IMG_1555_20130706_215721

The Man in the Moon shared the story of the Gospel. Love one another, be kind to each other, serve and lift each other up. We are writers of our own stories and we decide if our characters are heroic or tyrannical. I was shown that by Glenn Beck and his “Man in the Moon.” I am so grateful to have been given such extraordinary memories. Thank you, Kristina Ribali, and a deep thank you to Glenn Beck for providing the opportunity.

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The Anonymous Patriot

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Around the World, Education, Lisa's Personal Insights | 0 comments

The Anonymous Patriot by Steven Jaynes www.theanonymouspatriot.com

The Anonymous Patriot by Steven Jaynes
www.theanonymouspatriot.com

What does it mean to be a patriot? Citizens around the country have over used that term and have simplified it to mean just studying the Constitution or attending meetings. It is much more than that. It is also an action word!

Certainly education is the key! But know that you have that knowledge what are you going to do with it?
In the new book “The Anonymous Patriot,” international author Steven Jaynes shows you what two men do with that knowledge?

The first character your introduced to is Salih. Salih is from Khazestan, his family struggling to survive the harsh conditions of the Arabian Dessert and the chaos that surrounds them. And yet he is taught that somewhere there is peace and freedom by his father.

On the other side of the world a young man named Dean makes decisions that steers him to become a contractor for the Military. The obstacles he faces are supported by knowledge he obtain about his forefathers and their service, most of which were never known to the general populace, or written in history books.

In a speech Dean gives: “Real patriots have not necessarily been popular at the time of their most enduring achievements.” … “there has been a long line of patriots that have sacrificed dearly in terms of their own resources and their very lives. The efforts by the previous generations for establishing liberty for all of us is an enduring priceless gift not only to millions of Americans but also continues to provide the hope and realization of individual freedoms for billions of humans all over the world.”
The Anonymous Patriot shows us what the average person can become. It helps us identify patriots when we see their acts.

In past American history we used to speak of the military with pride and honor. The sacrifice of life in protecting our country was reverenced. Our troops in this generation desperately need that! They need to know that they are not forgotten, that their lives are not given in vain. This book brings that feeling back!

As civilians we can do more than just go to meetings and study the Constitution. We have obligation to stand up for our freedoms at home. We have to let our troops know that while they are away, we have their backs and that we are fighting in a more civil manner for our freedoms. Our troops need to see that contrast. This book teaches that!

The lives of Salih and Dean do end up intertwined and both have to make decisions that will affect their own lives and the lives of many. Their decisions will capture your attention, be thought provoking, and instill a compassion for freedom! I encourage you to read “The Anonymous Patriot.”

You can meet the author, Steven Jaynes at the Barnes and Noble in Murray, UT between 12 pm – 6pm. He will also be interviewed on KSTAR (KSRR 1400 AM Radio) on Monday July 15th at 9:30 am!

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