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“You’ve put callouses on my fingers, but removed them from my heart; ” (to my beloved guitar)

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The most valued physical object that I own?  my guitar. No question. None at all.

    My guitar is one of my most constant and trusted friends. It brings me happiness and also gives voice to my deepest sorrows.  It can serve me in social situations, or it can happily be my lone companion. Whether I’m surrounded by others or feel as lonely as did Moroni when he was abandoned, I can always rely on it. Day or night, it is unfailingly there for me.  

      Over the years, my guitar and I together have intimidated a boy or two; apparently it’s hot when a girl can play, but not when she’s better than you.  (hope that doesn’t sound arrogant!) Through ups and downs, and then more downs, my guitar has never let me down, even when others have.

    So here’s to you, dear Washburn. You’ve put callouses on my fingers, but you’ve removed them from my heart.  You’ve seen me cry more than any human has. You are my soul, my love, and my friend.  Thank you.  

❤ Katherine Anne

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Badge

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I just got a Facebook Badge (on the right-hand column)!  Cool!  So add me if ya wanna….

But I won’t BADGEr you ’bout it 🙂

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Badge is an interesting word.  It’s one of the words that is not super rare but not super common either.  What does it even mean?  We all kinda know intuitively but it can be hard to pinpoint an exact definition, know what I mean?  And although Ms. Natasha Bedingfield claims we “don’t need a dictionary helping,” I actually did consult one in this case:

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Fascinating….

(this is not my fave JM song, but I still appreciate it)

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“This house is safe and warm, but I was made to chase the storm.”

oh my gosh, this lyric TOTEZ reminds me of a speech

that was given at BYU a few years ago!

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Ships are safe in the harbor

ships

by LDS General Authority Claudio Costa

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(read here!)

girl you are waaaaaay off topic, get back to the basics

basics christina!

back to Badge, you smart-aleck!

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I read some stuff by Stephen Crane in an American Lit class at BYU.  Interesting.  Lots of violence, if I remember correctly.  Used stylistically and to serve a purpose, but still I strongly dislike the subject.  Just sayin’.

getting off topic again…

BADGE!

Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 4.14.00 PM…this was for a paper I wrote on “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

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Friends:  What do YOU think of the word “badge“?

PS.  Go count all the cool stuff in the post.

Do I stay that too often?

🙂

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“I write posts for you and for me.”

Image~Katherine Anne

This was HEAVILY inspired by Ms. Natasha (shocking, I know).  Her twitter tagline:

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love this idea.  I write to express my own self, to get things off my chest, to make something beautiful, to send a strong message, to bear my testimony, and to exercise my talents.  But I write for others, too.  To inspire them, to annoy them, to intellectually stimulate them, and to call them to action.

My blog is for me AND for you. 

*go look again at that first picture; consider everything in it and ponder why I chose it instead of a more professional-esque one….

🙂

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“When you trust the television,

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what you get is what you got.”

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‘cuz when they own the information,

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 they can BEND IT ALL THEY WANT!

~John Mayer

*That first picture is a still from

Kurt Vonnegut’s short story

“Harrison Bergeron.”

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More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

*PS.  Although I don’t hate everything he says/does, I am not a huge fan of Piers.

PPS.  Although I don’t hate everything he wrote, I am not a huge fan of Vonnegurt (but that short story I mentioned is an intellectual and literary gold mine!).

PPPS.  Although I don’t agree with everything he has done in the past, I AM QUITE POSSIBLY THE HUGEST JOHN MAYER FAN EVER TO WALK THE EARTH!

me and johnny!

🙂

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James Joyce and Jason Mraz went to Mormon Primary?!

Nopers.  But they do relate.   Let Ms. Wilkinson explain:

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STREAM.  OF.  CONSCIOUSNESS.

what's phrase?

this video might clear things up a lil’

still don't get it!

In layman’s terms, stream of consciousness refers to a thought process of flowing psychological associations and often incorporates different senses and stimuli other than simply verbal, such as colors (yellow, anyone?).

love this pic!

Stream of consciousness has been described as a loose interior monologue of the writer or narrator’s thoughts.

  thought bubble!

Cool!brain!!!

The Modernist writer James Joyce is a well-known name associated with it.  Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is also a champion of this literary technique and even makes specific mention of it in his oh so awesome song “Wordplay” :

Jason Mraz is a HUGE influence on me, btw.

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And James Joyce?  Meh…

ImageOh, and Jimmy not meaning to be rude, but lemme show you someone who can REALLY play that 6 stringed instrument that you hold with such seeming lack of confidence:

crossfire guitar!

(I was wearing a flesh colored shirt under that dress by the way.)

Not really.

Hope my readers enjoyed that brief thrill of my smooth and silky shoulders.

Glad I could spice up your day a little bit.

Thunderbolt of blasphemy.

(time to impress everyone with your mad bookending skillz)

Anyways, girl didn’tcha learn to dress more modestly when you were just a wee lass?

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Like in Primary?

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BYE!

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A new perspective on Martin Luther

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            In his day, German theologian and philosopher Martin Luther was considered a heretic and a blasphemer.  His ninety-five theses famously nailed to the door of the Wittenburg Church expressed his strong criticisms of the omnipotent Catholic Church, from which Luther eventually broke away.  Luther was further considered even more rebellious when he refused to retract his views, after which he was excommunicated from the Church. 

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           More recently, however, the world has come to think of Luther quite differently.  Obviously, faithful Lutherans thank their founder for the work he did.  One prominent example of a practicing Lutheran was famous American Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., whose parents revered the theologian so much that they named their son after him.  

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           But it isn’t just members of that specific sect of Christianity who are grateful.  Indeed, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also pay tribute to Luther and other participants in the Reformation.  Church leader Dieter Uchtdorf paid homage to Luther in his May General Conference 2008 address “Faith of Our Fathers,” in which he even revealed that he was a distant descendant of Luther. 

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            One of Luther’s most famous doctrine was justification by faith alone.  This differed from the Catholic belief, which was that ordinances, or sacraments, were necessary for salvation.  Although Latter-day Saints revere Luther and view him as a crucial member of the Reformation, their doctrine of salvation is not exactly the same as his was; Mormons believe that faith is absolutely necessary for salvation, but they also believe in saving ordinances, such as baptism and temple rites, as a way to demonstrate that faith.  In this specific way, Mormonism is somewhat of a stepping-stone between Lutheranism and Catholicism.

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          There have been two major films made about Martin Luther.  The first is the 1953 film Martin Luther, which stars Niall MacGinnis and was nominated for two Academy Awards.  The second version is the 2003 MGM film Luther  starring Joseph Fiennes (I highly recommend watching this!), which helps to emphasize the importance of Luther’s translation of the Bible from Latin to German.  Though the Pope and other Catholic leaders considered this controversial and dangerous at the time, eventually, this led to the influence of other translations of sacred text into languages that the common people could read.  This film also shows that Luther observed and hated how Johann Tetzel would sell indulgences, which meant that people could “buy” salvation for deceased loved ones.  Although the Catholic Church as a whole denounces Luther, as evident by his excommunication, many individual members throughout the years and especially today thank Luther for what he has done in helping to expose the problem of the sale of indulgences.   Also, the fact that these films was made at all, in the 20st  and 21st centuries as well, shows that even today, even in America, and even in Hollywood, Luther is still important, still remembered, and still somewhat relevant. 

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          Though Catholic extremists of the day may have once hoped that Martin Luther and his rioutous views would fade away into oblivion, Luther’s influence has lasted long beyond his day.  Not only have Luther’s religious views affected us, his music has stayed with us, too.  Luther’s most famous piece to which he wrote the text, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” is part of the Latter-day Saint hymnbook today. 

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                Overall, Martin Luther has made quite a turn-around from how he was formerly viewed and understood. Once regarded as a blasphemer and a disturber of religious peace, Luther is now considered one who brought much needed attention to the corruption and problems in the Catholic Church,  founded a major Protestant denomination, and, as understood by Latter-day Saints, was a key participant in the eventual bringing about of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

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[The] Reformation resulted in an increased emphasis on religious freedom,

which opened the way for the final Restoration.”

~Preach My Gospel

college days

Wrote this essay in my college days…

And not tryin’ to brag, but I got an A+!

🙂

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Flannel

Imagenever looked so sexy.

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