Monthly Archives: August 2014

Am I a coward for (temporarily) shielding myself from pain?

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 Is it cowardly to shield yourself from bad news if it gets you down? Is it ignorant to try to protect your heart from pain? How much do we mourn with those who mourn, and how much do we desperately cling to our own peace of mind?


“Pain throws your heart to the ground…”

There’s only so much my tender heart can take.

I am not the Savior; I can’t carry it all.

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Playing on a Word: Wall


“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
-Isaiah 49:16 in the Old Testament in the Bible (beautiful scripture)

“I have scaled these city walls.”
-U2 “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

“I kissed the wall, not your lips at all!”
Thisbee in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (I like this play)

“There are so many of those creeping women; I wonder if they all came out of that wallpaper as I did.”
The psychotic narrator in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper” (duh)



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Not every epiphany is pleasant.

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Not every epiphany is pleasant.


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What epiphanies have YOU had

that were less than peachy?



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Poem: I’m smarter with a candle…

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Every now and then, when I’m not exactly sure,
I decide to take a risk and try to clarify the blur.
So I awkwardly dig through the archives of my mind
And sometimes, even I’m surprised at the things that I find.

When the demons come out swinging late into the night
Dark memories come flooding back and drive out my light.
I’m trapped in all my weaknesses, they’re crowding up my space.
But just like Bono says, “I know I’m not a hopeless case.”

The past is not always pretty, but pain can help me learn.
I’m smarter with a candle because I’ve felt the burn.
Someday I’ll find the strength to let go and release
All that negative baggage, and I’ll finally find some peace.

Until then…

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The best part about Facebook.

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The best part about facebook is things that get you OFF facebook. Things like saying when a group is going to do something fun, when some cool athletic or cultural event is going on, when there’s some stellar ward activity, you get the idea.

The best part about facebook is not stuff that keeps us in a virtual bubble, as John Mayer would so oddly articulate it as our own embryonic goop of internet searching and drowning in our own self-obsession. No, the best part about facebook is stuff that helps us “see [and do!] things as they really are” (Jacob 4:13).


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Playing on a word: Sister



“I thank my sister for keeping my head above the water.”
-Katy Perry

“A ministering angel shall my sister be.”
-Laertes in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

“Hey, soul sister! I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do…”
-Train (just saw them in concert!)

“As sisters in Zion, we’ll all work together.”
-LDS Hymn # 309 “As sister in Zion” (duh)


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Risk Aversion


 “Do not risk one more offense against your God.”

-Alma 41: 9

It’s not worth the risk.


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