Monthly Archives: October 2013

“You always seem to criticize,

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Having my voice go in vain

can be such a painful pain.

But I’m kinda used to it…

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The ObamaCare site is quite a fright, and it’s NOT alright!

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There are times when I’ve been embarrassed of certain (well-known) Republicans, but any Democrat/ Obama supporter in his /her own right mind has to be humiliated right now by this whole website fiasco. Even if you somehow happen to be a fan of the “plan,” don’t you agree it’s pathetic that they can’t even get that thing up and running right?!

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It’s dumb things like this that make me really wish we had people who knew what they were doing….

“You know that something isn’t right

when all my heroes are in black and white…”

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~John Mayer…

But sadly, that’s not the case.  At the risk of sounding like a jerk, we have some REALLY stupid people at the head of our government.

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The ObamaCare site is quite a fright,

and it’s NOT alright!

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“Plan a trip to Japan alone.”

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~John Mayer

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Peter Pan!

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I wonder if they read the book of Peter in JaPAN?

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A true artist finds the words to match the feelings…

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and NOT the feelings to match the words.

Words by themselves are certainly not worthless, but are usually incomplete if they are alone.  Words are simply phonetic symbols for ideas and feelings [Writers of the (Post) Modernist era expressed anxiety about the frequent gap/disconnect between words and ideas].

Although I deeply love words, I recognize that they are primarily tools to express meaning, which, for much of the time, is infinitely more important.  Now I love wordplay as much as any writer, but the meaning is where the meat is, know what I’m sayin’ ?  John and Natasha sure do 🙂

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A true artist finds the words to match the feelings,

and NOT the feelings to match the words.

~Katherine

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“Scares me to death when she thinks and drives.”

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~Train

Yep, that pretty much covers it. 

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That above song is one of my all-time favorites.  That might not sound like much because I have a lot of favorites.  But seriously, it is musically, rhythmically, lyrically, thematically, and just overall PERFECT (but not too perfect)!.  Listen to it, okay? 

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Paradox in Human Form

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Hi.  My name is Katherine.  I am very kind, communicative, and respectful.  I love when people can be patient, loving, and understanding toward each other.  I am slow to anger and quick to forgive myself and others.  Never have been (and never will be!) one to like arguments.  I am very laid-back and don’t get mad about stupid things.  Not prideful, not out to prove anything, or power-hungry at all.  Overall, I am a very easy person to talk to and get along with!

But I don’t take any crap.

From ANYONE.

🙂

This girl has got stronger. 

And if I knew then what I know now,

I would have told myself , “Don’t worry any longer!”

~Natasha Ann Bedingfield/ Katherine Anne Wilkinson

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I refuse to be broken.

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John Mayer is our link to the past and our hope for the future.

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Truth.

More to come on this idea later.

I know now you’re [one of our] only hope[s].”

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Help me, Obi JOHN Kanobi…

You’re our only hope!

ImageMayer is our link to the past,

and our hope for the future!

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Community.

television show that I don’t watch…

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wanna make it great?  just add a gate!

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“I’ll get community service…

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   no matter which law I break!”

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exercising one’s First Amendment Rights

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the guy who founded this restaurant is Mormon! 

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                                                                                                               watch his story!

and I’m suddenly hungry

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Oh Karl and Freddy, I’m sure you meant well,

but your ideas (or at least the misinterpretation of them)

have caused SOOOOO many problems. 

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Communities cannot survive without communication.

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And communities cannot survive without communiKATHERINE!

🙂

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I’ve turned into one of those people I’ve always made fun of…

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You know, those people who wear fake over-sized coke bottled glasses?

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Oh, the irony!

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?

Me personally, I know they’re a lil’ silly,

but I’m gonna keep wearin’ ’em sometimes!

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🙂

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Bookending “The Yellow Wallpaper” in 30 seconds.

The short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a MAJOR influence on me (duh!).  I like to bookend* things (duh!).  So I figured why not kill 2 birds with 1 one stone and bookend TYW?!  Also, I mention some other cool major influences:  McKay, Mayer, Mormonism, and Montana to name just a few.  All in 30 seconds.  Check it out!

Pretty nifty, huh?

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*bookending is a literary/verbal technique in which a writer/speaker ends with the same word, phrase, or idea with which she began.  It is often very similar to a thesis.

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If you wanna have success…

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ya gotta name a successor!

This picture is of Muhammad, the founder of the major world religion of Islam. Unfortunately he didn’t name a successor prior to his death, which effectively lead to the schism of the Sunnis and the Shias, arguably the source of centuries of religious conflict and bloodshed.  Not meaning to be unkind or judgmental to Muhammad, but his mistake perfectly epitomizes the reason why major political/ecclesiastical leaders/groups MUST either choose a successor or, better yet, have a clear system set in place to do so.

If ya wanna have success,

ya gotta name a successor!

 More to come…

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Little Piece of Heaven

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Perusing Sephora!

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Sephora is the Mecca of makeup stores, in case you didn’t know.

Sadly, I can usually only afford 1-2 items per trip (quality ain’t cheap, ya’ll!).  It’s like a diabetic in an ice cream parlor.  Sigh.  But that doesn’t stop me from spending hours there (sometimes literally!) brushing up on the latest colors, styles, and brands.  Oh, and of course sampling a TON of products!   Some might call this vain, worldly, and foolish.  I call it beautiful, creative, and artistic.  After that, I just might tell any haters of my beauty hobby/obsession to go to hell.

Oh, and when I went a few days ago, I heard this classic Natasha song as I was checking out.  Don’t hate that!

Sephora is a little bit of heaven on earth.  Will write more later…

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“Now the cover of a Rolling Stone

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ain’t the cover of a Rolling Stone.”

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What a drag to say

at least I still have yesterday

 

Lyrics here. 

This is one of those Mayer songs that I didn’t quite grasp or understand the first few times I heard it.  But a recent listen helped me realize it is a subtle masterpiece.  John pines for an older, simpler time when true art was recognized and appreciated.  A time when people weren’t “celebrating broken things” like publicity stunts, reality shows, and the sick culture of the glorification of celebrity. The nostalgia for something real and substantial is a theme that appears in Mayer’s music again and again.

On a personal note, this song perfectly describes my feelings on what I call the artist’s own solution:

When no one has yet expressed what is lacking and

desperately needs to be expressed, you do it yourself.

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Much of my own blog is this:  no one (at least that I know of) has written some things that need to be written, so I do.  I have found that I often have the gift to be able to find the words to describe the feelings/ viewpoints of others, so perhaps they might at times think to themselves that Katherine “Speak[s] for Me” (the title of John’s song)!  I believe this is one of the major reasons why my blog has done so well in a relatively short time period.

Other times, some artists have already found the words to express (and often surpass!) what I feel, so I borrow from them!  In case you haven’t noticed, John Mayer often is my biggest source of inspiration (duh!).

Okay, I’ve taken a terrific tangent from the song which inspired this particular post.  So I’m gonna get back on track! 🙂    Though “Speak for Me” is only 3:04 in length, I could write pages upon pages about it’s chord structure, rhyme scheme, thematic substance, literary/grammatical structures, et cetera.  As I said earlier in this post, this song is a subtle masterpiece. 

Just one brief detail which I wish to analyze:

  I’m not mad about it

But I’m not that mad about it

I’m not mad about it

But I’m not that mad about it

Repetitive?  Yes.  Lazy?  No.  Seemingly simple, but cleverly complex?  Definitely!  The first connotation of “mad” is angry, while the second connotation is crazy/happy about.  True to character, John rarely (if ever) becomes angry about things that he wishes were different, but instead expresses a sadness.  This is how I often feel myself; not one to get belligerent (except on rare occasions), but on the contrary just am sometimes sad.

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Alrighty time to wrap it up for this post.  As is the theme of this song, I often am disappointed in the the overall lack of quality in our world today.  Not only in music, but just in people and society altogether.  Our problems are far from few, and I often get frustrated when I see people compound what is already less than ideal by their (lack of) actions, words, and attitudes.  But thankfully in an age of gimmicks and phonies, there are some constants we can count on.  Among other things, I can always find something (to borrow the words from Ms. Taylor Swift) “good and right and real” in the music of John.

He truly does “Speak for Me.”

🙂

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I apologize for things that warrant an apology…

and I DON’T for things that don’t.

line of propriety

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What about you?

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Time Testing…

I am testing the new time stamp on my blog 

Hope it works!

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Life’s a win…

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when you’re friends with twins!

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🙂

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If you want more love

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 why don’t you say so?

~J. Mayer

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Amen a million times over!!!

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Law of the Harvest. 

(read more here!)

More to come…

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Hair that’s straight

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sure is great!

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🙂

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Sweet the sin, bitter the taste in my mouth;

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I see seven towers.

But I only see one way out. 

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U2

These lyrics describe a woman seeking escape from a heroine addiction.  Bono has expressed that he believes the phrase “Running to Stand Still” (the title of this particular song) perfectly captures an addict’s battle with such a powerful drug. 

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Maxim Magazine is…

Image1)  Degrading to women

2)  Degrading to men

3)  Pornography

4)  Disgusting

5)  Distracting to everyone (and not in a good way!  in an immature way!)

6)  Inappropriate

7)  A sign of the times

8)  An abomination

9)  Embarrassing

10)  WRONG!!!

AND A MILLION OTHER BAD THINGS!

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Go on and call me judgmental.

Go on and call me preachy.

Go on and say I’m being unreasonable.

Go on and say that this stuff is normal and harmless.

But guess what?

Everything I said is the sad truth.

Maxim Magazine is not okay.  And the worst part is that women themselves aspire to be on the cover!

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Ew!  Oh, and by the way, this is the first thing that shows up on a google search of Maxim:

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Does this not scream sexism?!  Ladies, don’t play into some guys’ sick fantasies.  We can still be beautiful WITHOUT doing that.  In fact, I’ll give you an example of someone I know pretty darn well 🙂

Wanna see a model who is classy?  Who keeps her clothes on?  Who is recognized for her beauty, both inner AND outer?  Take a look at this girl:

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Ladies of the world, howzabout we take Sister Elaine Dalton’s maxim and Return to Virtue!:

Come on now, ya’ll, we can do better than this stupid magazine.

Let’s be classy, NOT trashy.

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More to come on these ideas…

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Don’t give me crap ’bout takin’ a nap!

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Napping is an interesting subject.  What was once considered a necessary, routine, and even desirable part of our childhood became looked down upon, and even villified, as we got older.  Allow me to expound a bit further:

I once had a friend (I’ll call her Laura) who’s boyfriend’s mom would scold her when she found out that Laura had taken a nap in the middle of the day.  Um, that’s seriously dumb if you ask me.  Listen, I know we should try our best to get enough sleep at night so as to eliminate the need for naps.  But lezbehonest, LIFE HAPPENS!

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And I’m not gonna apologize for it!

And I’m certainly not gonna feel guilty!

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Sure, there are people who abuse this.  I am certainly not suggesting that we stay up late every night doing who knows what, then consistently crash the next day.  That’s not how our bodies work;

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Circadian rhythm is a delicate balance.

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But seriously, a nap when we need it is nothin’ to be ashamed of!

Now sleeping on the job?  That’s not acceptable, of course.  And sleeping ‘cuz you’re hung over?!  NO WAY!

   But still, with a few notable exceptions,

I proudly claim my right to take a nap. 

And you darn well better not give me crap!

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“Do what you want!  When you want!”

    Thanks, John.  I will.

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🙂

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Lance Armstrong is a disgrace.

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He is a disgrace to America, to sports,

to the cancer community, and to humanity in general.

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Harsh? Yes.

Sad?    Definitely.

True?   Absolutely.

I appreciate people like Greg LeMond who aren’t afraid to acknowledge the (figurative!) elephant in the room and tell it like it is: Lance is a criminal, a liar, an adulterer, a bully, and a thug.

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He belongs behind bars.

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What do you suppose that mercy can rob justice? Nay, not one bit.

~Alma 42:25

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Gravity has taken better men than me.

Just keep me where the light is

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Read more here for some lessons about self-control that we all can (re)learn from the disappointing Armstrong scandal.

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Harlequin Romance “Novels” make me wanna HURL!

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50 Shades of Disgusting Filth Perverted Trash may be “The mother of harlots,” (Revelations 17:5) but it certainly is not the only thing on the shelves that pretends to be literature, is predominantly for women, and is totally and undeniably GROSS!  The proper name for these kind of “books” is harlequin romance novels, but I prefer to refer to them as vomit inducers.

Friends, don’t buy into any of the hype surrounding these books.  God taught us about sex, and it does NOT include trash like this!  Stay away.  If you need a book that is interesting, intelligent, and yes even slightly romantic at times, lemme know.  I can recommend plenty.

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And for a brief tangent, the term Romantic is interesting.  We often think of romantic love; the stuff that chick flicks is made of.  But it comes from Romanticism, which is a literary genre that was somewhat of a disillusioned reaction to the harshness of previous epistemologies of a more scientific nature.  Will write more later!

Stay away from trash in book form, please.  You got toooooonz of better stuff to do anyways 🙂

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I’m usually a fairly easy person to get along with…

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but I have little to no tolerance for people who deliberately and casually break laws/ rules, particularly the BYU Honor Code (including, but not limited to, modesty and curfew regulations).

I don’t care if you don’t agree with it, YOU SIGNED IT!

If you don’t want to live by it, get out and give your spot to one of the thousands who wish they could have gone to school here!

I’m NOT looking to get offended, I know we are all human, but people who think they are too good to obey that stuff make me fume.

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Brigham Young didn’t put up with a lot of crap.

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Neither did my grandfather Ernest.

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And neither do I.

OBEY THE (Brigham Young University) RULES, PEOPLE.

You can maintain your individuality/ identity/ personality

while still doing this!

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“I have been asked what I mean by ‘word of honor.’ I will tell you:  Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I might be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first.”

~Karl G. Maesar

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FRIENDS!

1.  What rules, laws, statutes, or codes have YOU committed to honor?

2.  How far would you go to defend your honor and personal integrity?

3.  How can you be even better committed to keeping your word?

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PS.  I know that sometimes even good people make mistakes and unfortunately may even break the Honor Code.  I strongly believe in repentance/change in these cases.  Read here for a bit more about this.

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I simultaneously respect/admire and despise this man right here:

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Genius?                             Yes.

(occasional) Dirt-bag?   Yes.

Misunderstood?              Yes.

Original?                           Yes.

Arrogant?                         Yes.

Insecure?                          Yes.

Immature?                       Yes. 

Brilliant?                          Yes. 

Profane?                           Yes.

Eloquent?                         Yes.

Morally ambiguous?      Yes.

Genius?                             Yes.

Image“You’re gonna love me, you’re gonna hate me,

but I’m gonna BE ME!”

-Kanye West

And  it’s quotes like that that keep me comin’ on back for more…

🙂

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I’ve gotten my share of crap in my life about maintaining a less than perfectly spotless car.

For any critics (of any and all levels of levels of indignation/condescension/legitimate concern),

I have an answer for ya that just may freeze hell.

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I keep the image of my Church/ family name veeeery clean.

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click here for a full explanation!

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so I don’t mind in the least that my car usually is not immaculate

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course I still gotta get rid of some of the crap and vacuum it out sometimes

(line of propriety)

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but overall it’s NOT my top priority

AND THAT IS OKAY!

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Don’t ever give me crap about my car again (it’s not that bad anyways!).  I ain’t lookin’ to be offended, but just don’t talk to me about that subject, k?

Imageya right, you’re better off tryin’ to freeze hell!

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“Tell me, do you still believe in me?”

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Yes John, I do.

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“I’m gonna do some things you wouldn’t let me do.”

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~John Mayer

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Now I’m gonna dress myself for two. 

Once for me, and once FOR SOMEONE NEW!

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Fourth Time’s a Charm!

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My naughty Nissan FINALLY passed its emission inspection!

And I bought myself a huge bottle of chocolate milk to celebrate

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Folks, it’s real important to do our best to stay on top of responsibilities like this (If anyone knows what it’s like to get overwhelmed by car stuff, it’s me!  But thankfully I’ve come a long way). One way to think of it is being a wise steward over your stuff.  Seriously, try to maintain your vehicle so you can keep yourself and others safe and happy.  Sound good?  I just knew you’d see it my way…

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“We are stewards over our bodies, minds, families, and properties.”

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FRIENDS!

1)  What things are YOU a steward over?

2)  Why is wise stewardship so important?

3)  How can you be an even better steward?

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Okay, gotta go drink down my yummy treat.

Hmm, maybe I should pour it over a bowl of Lucky Charms!

(look at my title!)

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🙂

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“Does your conscience bother you?”

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tell the truth…

~Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Everyone’s so busy these days…

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but don’t forget to stop every once in a while

and smell the yellow roses!

By the way, did you know that yellow roses are the cultural official flora for sympathy?  So next time someone breaks my tender heart, just send me a bouquet of rosas amarillas, and I’ll pluck off the petals while reading “The Yellow Wallpaper.” 🙂

this is a fantastic song, but sad too…

lyrical masterpiece

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Hate to be the one BREAKING BAD news, but being entertained by Meth USE makes you LOSE!

Breaking Bad News

I concede that I am no expert at all on the television phenomenon known as “Breaking Bad.”

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However, I DO know very strongly that the abuse of crystal methamphetamine has caused MASSIVE destruction of lives, careers, families, peace of mind, and of course physical health, with death not being uncommon.  Not meaning to judge anyone, but I strongly dislike the idea of being fascinated or intrigued by a show that seems to find that kind of thing interesting or entertaining in the least.  Not saying it (totally) glamorizes it, not meaning to be naive or ignorant about the reality of drug use in America, but I simply do not like that show even though I’ve never seen it.

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(1st Thessalonians 5:22)

Here is a landmark LDS General Conference address that is related in that it addresses the destructive nature of drug abuse (prescription and/or narcotic). However, as is always true of the gospel, there is hope even for those who have made mistakes in these regards.

Read here. 

    Brothers and sisters, stay away from any kind of substance that may trap you. Even one sniff of something or one pill or one drink of alcohol can lead to addiction. A recovering alcoholic told me that just one drink is the difference between addiction and sobriety. Satan knows this. Do not let him hook you with his artificial lures that can quickly turn into addiction.

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Yeah, so all these things (and more too!) considered, I will stay as far away from drugs as possible, even when it comes to a television show which perhaps seeks to portray recreational and/or heavy drug use as trivial, lucrative, or otherwise beneficial.

Plus, I much prefer GOOD

🙂

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I’m willing to admit my mistakes, and I greatly appreciate when others can do the same.

Truth.

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Having a working printer (complete with ink, paper, and all!)…

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I don’t remember you looking any better…

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but then again I don’t remember you.

~J. Mayer

This is one of John’s saddest lyrics.  It is also one of my favorites.  Also, I strongly dislike the film/book “The Notebook,” (I’ll write why later), but I immediately thought of it when I was listening to this song.

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MTV’s “Jersey Shore” gives young adults a bad name.

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Seriously, ya’ll, get it together!

But it’s not your fault alone.

ANYONE WHO WATCHES THESE DUMB SHOWS

IS JUST ADDING TO IT!

It makes me really frustrated that we think these kind of people are cool or glamorous when in actuality they are ignorant, fake, and just overall BADLY misguided.

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I never intend to be unkind, but I knooooow I’m not the only one thinking this.

Sadly, I might be one of the few actually saying something bout’ it…

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The children of Jersey Shore need to put on a different kind of jersey.

Figuratively AND literally.

this video is one of my faves of all time!

Okay, back to Jersey Shore

YOUNG ADULTS DON’T NEED TO ACT FOOLISH TO HAVE FUN!

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you can still have fun and be productive and decent

SHEESH!

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STOP giving the rest of us a bad name pleaze!

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I got more to write about this stupid show later on…

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Unassuming and unpretentious in a world full of fakes?

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Definitely.

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The best way to understand your OWN language…

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is to learn another!

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And 10 minutes a day is better than nothin’

but I would encourage you to do even MORE!

Image¡Kath, get back to español, por favor!

Learn another language, friends. 

Even just a lil’ bit can be really interesting, fun, and help you out.

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gracias

🙂

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I used to think that most people who cohabitated (lived together without being married) were bad people.

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I do not think that anymore.

Still believe strongly in chastity!

Still believe that people should wait to live together (and all that implies :)) ’til after they are married.

In Spanish, “casarse” means “to get married.”  “Casa” means house.  So to live together in the same house means you are married!

With today’s high divorce rates and broken families, I understand why some people would be hesitant to commit to marriage, thus delaying it, or even avoiding it altogether.

Ironically, statistical evidence has repeatedly shown that people who cohabitate are actually MORE likely to get divorced (and have other problems as well)

More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

🙂

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