Monthly Archives: December 2014

Playing on a Word: Parent

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“All of our parents, they’re getting older. I wonder if they wished for anything better.”
-John Mayer (that line gives me chills)

“I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father…”
-1st Nephi 1:1 (the first verse in the Book of Mormon)

“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life…who with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
-Excerpt from the prologue in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”

“Single parents, I testify that as you do your very best in the most difficult of human challenges, heaven will smile upon you.”
-David Baxter (this General Conference address on single parents is incredible!)

 Parent(s)

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“Slow down, Katherine!” (a poem)

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My busy brain is tired
Too many irons in the fire
Think it’s time to slow the pace
Don’t always have to win the race

Feels like I’ll bend until I break
Can’t run faster than I have strength
There’s a big, wide world I want to win
But I might be burning out again

Human limitations
can cause me great frustration
I’d work for one hundred years,
but the physical interferes

But Jesus rested on the seventh day,
so if I slow it down, I think I’ll be okay. 🙂

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“If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most.”

    -Dieter Uchtdorf

Slow down, girl!

 

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Don’t. Waste. Time.

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“Woe unto him…that wasteth the days of his probation.”
-2nd Nephi 9:27 (in the Book of Mormon)

“Life is not meant to be wasted, so always keep chasing the sun.”
-Sara Bareilles

“I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.”
-King Richard II in Shakespeare’s “King Richard II”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
-Ben Franklin

Time’s a wastin’
Get to it!

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“A young man or woman may waste countless hours, postpone or forfeit vocational or academic achievement, and ultimately sacrifice cherished human relationships because of mind- and spirit-numbing video and online games. As the Lord declared, “Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment … : Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known” (D&C 60:13).”

   –David A. Bednar

Don’t. Waste. Time.

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Loyalty (mini poem)

“People have the right to fly,

and will when things get compromised.”

When you have wings, it’s so easy to betray,

but I have wings, and I choose to stay.

LOYALTY

 

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Katherine’s Philosophy of Composition (Another Poem)

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote an essay called “The Philosophy of Composition.” I wrote a poem detailing my own PoC:

Draw from your influences, but never imitate
Instead, let your inspirations help you create
You don’t have to be earth-shatteringly original
But take it a step beyond what’s traditional

Art for art’s sake is boring and pretentious,
but pure propaganda is pushy and horrendous
No matter what you choose as your expressive medium
Take deliberate advantage of your rhythm and freedom

Make it about more than just you
But like Polonius says, “To thine own self be true.
And above all else, use your own style
YOU are the artist, make something worthwhile 🙂

What is YOUR Philosophy of Composition?

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There’s a world to discover beyond ISP (a poem)

The World Beyond ISP

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My mind is sharp, but my body is stiff                                    1
Wanna throw my smart phone off a cliff
It’s only part of the story, the truth becomes skewed
When the world is seen through a Facebook-filtered view

The scales are falling, and I’m starting to see                         5
how technology has been drowning me
I wanna strum the strings of my guitar
and see things as they really are

The “tumult of opinions” overwhelms my mind                     9
so I think it’s time to unplug and unwind
I can wake up early, leave my gadgets behind
and see the sunrise with my own two eyes

There’s a world to discover beyond ISP,                       13
but there’s also a non-tech version of me
Because what I believe and all that I am
Can’t begin to be captured through Instagram

References 

I must say, I am quite proud of the references I used in this poem :). Here they are:

a. “The scales are falling” (line 5)- a reference to Saul in the New Testament (in Acts 9:18). After he had persecuted Christ, he was blind for three days. Then, scales fell from his eyes, symbolizing that he had new vision, thus becoming the disciple Paul.

b. “starting to see” (line 5)- lyric from John Mayer’s “Daughters

c. “things as they really are” (line 8)- a line taken from Jacob 4:13 in the Book of Mormon and the title of a very famous address by David Bednar that discussed the dangers of living life in a virtual reality of internet anonymity.

d. “tumult of opinions” (line 9)- a phrase used by Joseph Smith Jr. describing the confusion he felt amidst the wide variety of different philosophies and ideas about God & religion. This text is used to express that the opinions and controversies found via the internet world are likewise confusing

e. “see the sunrise with my own eyes” (line 12)- a lyric from John Mayer’s song 3×5, which explores the theme of how living a real life is superior than any virtual/ photographic replication (a very early artistic exploration of this idea even before the explosion of the digital age).

 

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Why I’ve Been Away…

Hello friends!

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I’ve gone a good week without a new post. That’s way too long! I’ve been busy, busy, busy as can be (like visiting the beautiful state of Idaho!). And yes, I have toooons to write about. Just wanted to briefly check in and say I’m still here, I’m still alive, and I’ll be coming back to you real soon!

Forgive me, love…

I’ll always come right…

back to you

🙂

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