Leadership Training

From Salt Lake City, Utah
The Crossroads of the West
Christopher C. DeSantis

 


Who's Who    Salt Lake    Family History    Partners    Interests    Politics   Fun Stuff

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Who's who...

Me.  Educated at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University in foreign languages, computer science and linguistics, I worked as a computational linguist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1984 until 2006, when I took early retirement to pursue independent opportunities. I served a 2-year mission in Austria. I love languages, travel, genealogy, computers, books, humor, and helping people bring out their greatness. I have a black belt in TaeKwon-Do you may hear me yodel on occasion.  When I'm not whistling...

Current Activities

  • I am a distributor for USANA Health Sciences, helping to share the vision of Dr. Myron Wentz of a world free from the pain and suffering of degenerative disease.
  • I own and operate OCH Distributing, the North American agent for DistilPure™ MSM.
  • I work for Eleutian Technologies, teaching English to students in Japan and Korea using webconferencing technology.
  • Whenever possible, I volunteer at seminars conducted by Klemmer and Associates, the premier leadership and character development company
  • I am launching The Academy of Greatness, a preparatory school for young world leaders and entrepreneurs, and a place of impeccable excellence and absolute safety.
ToniAnne.  Eternal companion. Born in Florida, raised in Maine, having brought up four superb offspring largely on her own, this is one phenomenal lady: Funny, witty, ingenious, gregarious, service-minded, charitable and kind, hardworking, amazing cook, not afraid to try haggis (), has read more science fiction than I have (inconceivable!), eclectic taste in movies and music, adventurous and bold, loving, tender, willing to be open to surprises and wants to make a difference in the world. And, wonder of wonders, she thinks I'm OK. I am a very, very, lucky guy.

 

Firstborn Courtney served a mission in Samara, Russia. He has studied business administration at the University of Phoenix and owns Skyline Window Cleaning, a local home maintenance company. Courtney has a natural talent for business.  He has a phenomenal ability to buy low and sell high, which started in school as he made mind-boggling amounts of money buying and selling Magic the Gathering cards. Uncanny sense of business. He would make a good stockbroker or a razor-sharp attorney, if he weren't so honest.

Courtney married Mindy Hendricks. They are very happy.

Notice the world's cutest grandkids...

Fortunata is an artist of exceptional skill. She has a gift for creating magnificent work in whatever medium she puts her hand do. She has spent time in Europe and Japan, has traveled extensively through the country selling her artwork, attends Burning Man whenever she can, and is currently on the road again, living a more or less Freegan lifestyle, trying to create beauty with minimal impact on the Earth's resources.  She supports herself by designing and creating custom artwork for her friends and associates, including stunning clothing design.

A Fortunata Creation

Michael David completed his schooling in Salt Lake City. During his senior year at Skyline High, he was president of the Troubadors, the male barbershop chorus. He has attended Utah State University and completed an associate's degree at Salt Lake Community College. He is currently self-employed and very much active in the Move to Amend effort. MikeD has numerous interests, and only time will tell which one will carry him to greatness.

 


Salt Lake City...

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In Salt Lake City, the time is: 

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

If you have questions about the Church,

www.mormon.org

is a good place to start!


Family History...   

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The DeSantis Family

The DeSantis family tree has its roots in the Italian village of San Pietro Apostolo , in the province of Catanzaro. To explore or to help me enrich our family's history, visit the DeSantis Family History Page .

The Paoli Family

A similar project is also underway for the Paoli family originating in Gioviano, commune of Borgo a Mozzano, in the province of Lucca. Visit the Paoli Family History Page.

The Rogers Family

This is a place to discover the history of the descendants of Alma Denton Rogers, American pioneer, teacher, and dentist. Visit the Rogers Family History Page.

The Draper Family

William Draper, Jr.

This will be a place to gather information regarding the descendants and ancestors of William Draper, Jr., the Mormon polygamist and first mayor of Draper, Utah.  The Draper family history site is currently in preparation.

 

Joseph V. DeSantis

My father, Joe DeSantis, had an interesting career as an actor and sculptor.

 

Margaret Draper

My mother, Margaret Draper, was an actress and humanitarian service worker.
 


Recommended Businesses...

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School for Leaders   Anti-Aging   Pain Control   Hormone Balancing   Window Cleaning   Real Estate

 

Personal Mastery    3D Graphic Artist

“Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time,
through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
-R. Buckminster Fuller

The Academy of Greatness is designed to be a private preparatory school like no other. A place of impecable excellence and absolute safety, its mission is to graduate students who are keenly aware of their power and potential, and who are willing and able to make a massive difference in the world. We anticipate beginning classes with an initial student body of 100 to 150 students.

We extend to you an invitation to explore this website and consider the power of this dream. If you can contribute in any area where we have need, or would like to be part of this incredible project, please contact us.

The World's Best Nutritional Supplements

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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports: "Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.(JAMA 2002 (Jun 19);   287 (23):   3127–3129)

A vast body of double-blind placebo studies published in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, British Lancet, and Annuals of Internal Medicine points to oxidative stress, caused by free radicals in the system, as the root cause of degenerative diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s dementia, macular degeneration, lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a host of others.
 
Our own bodies are our greatest weapon in fighting off the effects of oxidative stress, but in order to do the job, they need proper cellular nutrition. 

USANA nutritional supplements offer the most complete and balanced as well as the highest quality cellular nutrition on the market today. USANA is also an ideal business opportunity for people who would like to run a home-based business and develop multiple, long-lasting residual streams of income.

Pain Control

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North America's Only Source of
DistilPure MSM Crystal Flakes

The Natural Solution for Pain

 

  Sale!

$24.95 per bottle, plus shipping

(Utah residents add sales tax)

DistilPure MSM is the highest-quality natural-source MSM available on the market.  You can buy Wal-Mart or you can buy Tiffany's... there is a huge difference in quality.

Natural Hormone Balancing and Weight Loss

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Utah Weight Loss & Natural Hormone Clinic is a specialty practice in Holladay, Utah, where patients come first and healthcare is more than "take two aspirin and call me in the morning."  The clinic specializes in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), the treatment of symptoms relating to menopause and andropause, weight loss and nutritional health. The Practitioner is my ex-wife, one of the finest people I have ever known.

2046 Murray Holladay Road, Suite 204
Holladay, UT 84117
(801) 272-1246
http://utahnaturalsolutions.com

Natural Solutions for Healthy Living

 

Window Cleaning & Christmas Lights

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Real Estate Agent

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Personal Mastery and Leadership Training

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Klemmer & Associates

If you are interested in increasing professional or personal effectiveness and the quality of your life, have a look at Klemmer & Associates, the premier leadership and character development company.  Start by attending a Champions' Workshop in your area.

Need an outstanding 3D Graphic Artist?

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I recommend Scudder Kidwell:


Interests...

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Languages

If you are interested in languages, some good links to follow are found below:

Food

I love to cook, almost as much as I love to eat. Unfortunately for most people, my tastes run from the sublime to the bizarre.  Visit my Banquet from Hell for a sample; there you will meet my good friend and online persona, The Old Wolf.

Irish

The spelling of Erse
Gets worse and worse!
They call it Cu Chulainn...,
No fuchulainn!

A short story:

One day in New York, around 1969, I stopped to use the phone in a pub, and while there I struck up a conversation with the bartender. The conversation turned to languages, and when I told him that I enjoyed learning them he said to me, " Well, don't learn Gaelic ". This ominous warning piqued my curiosity, and that very day I went and found a copy of Teach Yourself Irish by Myles Dillon and Donncha Ó Cróinin.

Pronunciation was a problem; it would take a native speaker to help me understand that Laoghaire, for instance, is pronounced Leary. So I set the book aside until about 1990, when I discovered an Irish course in my local library system, Cúrsa Gaeilge by the Linguaphone Institute. With the help of this "Rosetta Stone", unfortunately out of print, I began making progress.  Since then I have discovered numerous excellent courses both in print and on the net.  If you're interested in learning Irish, I would recommend Learning Irish by Michael Ó Siadhail; Teach Yourself Irish; or Buntús Cainte; Rosetta Stone announced their first-level Irish course on 14 March 2008, and their methodology is very effective.

I have been enchanted by this intriguing language and its intriguing speakers. In 1998 I fulfilled a lifetime dream to visit Ireland with my family, and spent a week in Abbeyville Cottage in Cill Mocheallog (Kilmallock). We explored the Dingle peninsula and stopped in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area of Baile an Fhirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter); nearly fell off the cliffs of Moher; saw Waterford crystal being made; experienced a medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle near Limerick; explored the rock of Cashel; went horseback riding in a brisk Irish rain; attended church meetings in Tralee; kissed the Blarney stone and dined at the Deanery in Cork... I'm afraid all it did was whet my appetite for more. The reality far exceeded the expectation. A blessing on this lovely land and its equally lovely people.

If you would like to explore with me a beautiful part of our world, a good place to start is here.

 More Irish sites:

Two Beautiful Movies

My Name is Yu Ming - Follow the adventures of Yu Ming, a young Chinese shopkeeper in a dead-end job, who moves to Ireland to start life anew... only to find out that the "old language" is no longer in use!

Fluent Dysphasia - Pity poor Michael Murphy!  After a night of celebrating with a friend, he wakes up with a hangover and a problem:  He no longer speaks or understands English, and can only speak Irish!  How will he solve this difficult challenge?


Interesting Places to Surf

The web is so large, it's often hard to know where to start.  But here are some places that give you a good overview: 

  • 100 Alternative Search Engines - Where to go if you don't want to Google...  There are some very interesting engines here.
  • Google - The 900-lb gorilla of the industry.
  • Kartoo - Displays searches with a graphical topical interface

Musical Aside

Jan-Edward Vogels

In 1986, while attending a MacWorld convention in San Francisco, a random vendor shoved a cassette into my hand.  "Hey, free stuff," I thought, and jammed it into my bag along with all the other brochures, pens, sponge toys and trash that one gathers at such an event.  What I didn't know was that I had just been given an album by Jan-Edward Vogels, some of the prettiest, most soothing keyboard music I had ever heard.  You can hear samples of his instrumental and vocal tracks at his website, Mind4Sale.com.  I especially recommend Mind Movies and Dreamworks.  Thanks, Jan.


Politics

I believe in a world that works for everyone, with no one left out. That makes it hard to declare membership in either of the dominant political parties, because there's so much partisanship - it seems as though each party wants to cut out half the world. I look at issues, support the concept of limited government, and hope to make a difference by voting for people who seem genuinely interested in building a better world. I watch the Truth-O-Meter from the St. Petersburg Times to try to cut through the screeds on both sides of the aisle, and get most of my news from the BBC.


Fun Stuff

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Comics
It's important to know what's going on in the world, but the news can be depressing. Here is where I get my daily smiles

 

Music Jokes

No reason. Just because.
 

Other Humor

Visit the humor page of OCH Distributing for some things that will make you smile.

 

Funny, Funny Mother

A Christmas Poem

 

Children's Poems I Have Loved

From many sources.

 

Children's Toys I Have Cherished

Because someone got me thinking about it.

 

Language Oddities and Humor

Humor and interesting tidbits about English and other languages

 


Friends

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Wally Boag on Facebook

 

I have been privileged to be a friend of the amazing comedic entertainer and Disney Legend, the honorable Wally Boag, since I was about 6 years old.  I recall being taken to Disneyland by my father in its earliest years, meeting Walt Disney, and seeing Wally's show at the Golden Horseshoe Revue many, many times.  Wally has just published his autobiography, Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland - Visit the links on the left to find out more about Wally, and by all means, buy his book!

 

 

 


Contact

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