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Embellishing and exaggerating one’s humanitarian, educational, philanthropic achievements…

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is NOT my cup of tea.

Figuratively or literally.

Let it be known that I DO think that Mr. Mortenson has done some excellent things.

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ImageCONTROVERSY.  OVERSHADOWS.  TALENT.

(click here for an explanation of this ubiquitous

[and sad!] sociological phenomenon)

Sigh.

If you fabricate your facts,

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~Ellie Graham (journalistic boss character from Runaway Bride)

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Oh, and this is tangential, but “Runaway Bride” is one of my favorite films EVER.  If you think it is a mindless chick flick, you are dead wrong!  There is so much thematic substance in it that can relate to everyone.  And I do mean everyone.  Plus it’s funny, clean, short, and has the cute and talented Ms. Julia Roberts!

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But BACK TO YOU (Mr. Greg Mortenson)

(and this applies to everyone else too!)

ImageO be wise, what can I say more?

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Jacob 6:12

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Honest is whatcha gotta be

next time you write a book like “Three Cups of Tea”!

 

More to come on these issues (all of them!).

Much more.

PS.  Go count my references if ya wanna

🙂

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Would you rather your kids hear about sex from YOU (presumably a responsible adult), or from some punk scoundrels in a locker room that smells like spoiled cottage cheese?!

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(trick question, kinda…)

Seriously though.  Yah, it can be totez awkward.  But avoiding it is worse.    And let me tell you, there is NO LIMIT to the dirty little secrets/ videos/ “tips” these days with the technology that is rampantly available.  And without your help, your kids will find them, and maybe even use them in a way that can and will hurt themselves, and others, not to mention breaking your heart in the process.  So it’s time for you (and all of us) to Be a (Wo)Man!  And talk about S-E-X.

Read text here:

“Mothers, teach your daughters the importance of the temple…

This means talking to [them] about sexual matters.”

And, yes the talk is for women.  Yes it’s from a man.  But if you are thinking there’s some misogynistic thing going here, you are dead wrong.

These principles are gender neutral.

Maybe you are too

Also, I bolded the part about sex.  That was a little weird.

(call to action, Katherine.  Kaction!)

So hop to it!

Off this computer right now.

Go have the sexy talk (if your kids are old enough, of course).

Say a little prayer first to help you not be nervous or weirded out

and also to say the right thing(s)

And wear something modest please 🙂

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PS.  I still don’t love the memories of the birds and the bees talk with my parents. 

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T-Swizzle’s SNL alter-ego doesn’t either

(it’s clean enough for Taylor to do it, for Katherine to include it on this blog, and also to appear on the same post as Elder Ballard in case you are wondering..):

(sorry the quality is not that great)

PPS.  I am NOT anxiously awaiting that talk with my own children (or nieces/nephews/young women).  But not totally dreading it anymore either….

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“The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs….”

"The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs....""The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs...."

A few weeks ago, I called my friend Alex ( Alex is gender-neutral, and of course is not his/her real name.  But I double-checked anyways and now publish this with his/her permission).  Alex did not answer the phone, but the following text conversation ensued:

Alex:  Hey!  I’m at work.  How are you?

Katherine: Haha, I figured.  Just calling to say hi!  Call back when you can. No rush, just thought of you and wanted to let you know. 

Alex:  Katherine, I truly believe you were inspired to call me.  Thank you for following through with your thoughts even if you didn’t think anything of it.  When you called, I was in the bathroom crying having a really hard time, but your calling is an answer to my prayers. 

Katherine:  Alex, I’m so glad I could lift your spirits a little.  You lift mine.  I really do hope things get better.  Call/text/email anytime!

Alex:  Katherine, thank you.  You are amazing!

I do not relay this text exchange to brag.  I just want to remind you that you never know what role you are playing in someone’s life.

The title of this post comes from this quote by President Spencer W. Kimball.

Don’t be afraid to reach out.

READERS:  Who’s day will YOU make with a terrific text?

🙂

Oh ya, and save your text messages!

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Lil Wayne’s Got Nothin’ on Me!

Lil Wayne wanted to know if this girl was down for a sing-off.

Know what she said?

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“Honestly, I’m down like the economy!”

Compare this (start at 2:24-3:00):

Lyrics here: 

To this (start at 1:02-1:43):

(I changed the gender pronouns.  I do that kind of thing a lot.)

Readers, what do you think?

PS.  Wayne, I love and respect you no matter what (not really, but just didn’t want to come off as judgmental and also wanted to soften this next part), BUT your body is a temple…why would you want to put graffiti on it?  Join the LDS Church and I’ll help you pay to get rid of those tats (but readers FYI you don’t have to do that if you want to become a Mormon-just thought I’d clear that up)…

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Sometimes the best part of a song…

is at the end! (start at 3:09)

I’m sure there’s some metaphor to life here.  What do you think?

Love the building harmonies, love the overlapping rounds, love the female AND male voices, here.

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August 8, 2013 · 8:49 pm

Which one do I feed, the enemy or the daughter?

The natural [wo]man is an enemy to God, and yet I’m also a daughter of God.

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I decide which part of my identity to feed.

so do you…

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Don’t tell someone who is too sensitive that he/she is too sensitive….

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know what I mean?  You don’t have to coddle, but the world will toughen him/her up in time.

Just be niiiice. 

 

Stepping off soapbox now 🙂

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