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Dreams vs. Goals (mini poem)

A dream is abstract, a goal is concrete
One’s an idea, and one you can meet
Not knocking on dreams (they’re where change can start!)
Keep dreaming, keep goaling, keep following your heart

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Fathers, be good…

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to your daughter(s).

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THAT INCLUDES NOT LETTING THEM GO CRAZY

(and not excusing their sins)!

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Words cannot express how disappointed I am with not only Miley,

but also very much so with her family, particularly her father.

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Mr. Cyrus, I am glad that you love your daughter and you want to support her in a time when many people (myself included) are so frustrated with her (rightfully so!), but don’t defend her despicable actions, especially when you should have helped prevent them in the first place!

(I don’t like the word stupid, but in extreme situations it is warranted.)

Billy Ray, your actions/words on the Piers Morgan show were:

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STUPID!

Seriously, you are making my achy heart break

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figuratively

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What’s your opinion?

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“You’ve GOT to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”

~Aaron Tippets (country musician btw)

“I don’t need a microphone to say what I’ve been thinking. 

My heart is like a loud speaker that’s always on 11.”

~Natasha Bedingfield

                              “Don’t let your mind be SO open that everything falls out!”

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  “You got opinions, man.  We’re all entitled to ’em. BUT I NEVER ASKED!”

~Sara Bareilles

O BE WISE! WHAT CAN I SAY MORE?

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~Jacob 6:5

Belief is a beautiful armor.  But it makes for the heaviest sword. 

It’s like punching underwater.  You never can hit who you’re trying for.”

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~John Mayer

“I still don’t know what I stand for.  What do I stand for?”

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~Fun

“You got your same big loud opinions, but nobody’s listening!”

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~Taylor Swift

This post might be borderline offensive with the juxtaposition of some of the people pictured.  Once again, I hope to spark discussion and thought without ever making my own OPINION explicitly and fully clear.   

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intentional ambiguity!

      thunderbolt of blasphemy

Ann Coulter is someone who Katherine believes gives conservativism a VERY bad name (for the most part).

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“One can have a strong intelligent opinion and even be persuasive

WITHOUT being overly opinionated or pushy.” 

~Katherine Anne

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LINE OF FREAKIN’ PROPRIETY!

Also, I believe very strongly that the teachings found within the structure and gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

can and will bring us lasting happiness.  Thus, I greatly value missionary work.

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But I value religious freedom just as much.

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Blink and you might miss that there are TWO pictures

of Natasha Bedingfield on this post.

Also, John Mayer is brilliant and has forever changed my life,

but he will be the first to tell you that he has at times had a very stupid mouth (read more about it here).

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And Katherine would like to remind you that EVERY. SINGLE. PART. of this post serves a purpose (I don’t believe in fluff, remember?). 

Also, I try hard not to toot my own horn too much, but go on and count the number of allusions/references I made in this post………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

HOW MANY DIDJA FIND?

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Dewey (eyed) Beauty Gets Lost in the Library…

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I have a confession to make that may cause you to question my ethos as a thinker/writer/scholar:

Back to December all the time…

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(don’t love this song, but am sad I didn’t mention DECEMber in the video AND I love Taylor’s whole look here…)

Anyways, libraries can be amazing, but even the great American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson knew that they could be problematic:

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“Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.”

          ~The American Scholar (this address is SO powerful.  Read (about) it!

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And to further illustrate (figuratively AND literally!) this idea of library limits,

allow me to borrow some palabras from my dear friend:

They read all the books, but they CAN’T FIND THE ANSWERS!”

~7 time Grammy Winner (and thief of Kat’s heart) John Mayer

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(and more than just part of Katherine’s [K]orazón…)

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half of my heart

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so BACK TO BIBLIOTECHAS (after that long but still fascinating tangent)!

Let’s ask ourselves what are the extremes/outliers to all the stuff available to us today..

Where is the wisdom in all this knowledge?

(click here to read even more about an OVERLOAD of information)

Eternal struggle between reading and writing…

(good problem to have…)

READERS!

What things do you like about the library?  What things intimidate you?

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And do you know how to use the DDS?

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perdida in the periodicals….

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AWESOME JOB, KATHERINE!

Now sleepy (?) students (readers),

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RISE AND SHINE!

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because it’s time for a little blog assignment:

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Go count how many religious/pop cultural/music/literary/ biligual references I made in this post

don’t forget the title!

DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION YET?

something strange...

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Go gotta go hang out with my boyfriend Harold now…

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BOOK-ending…

literally

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I like pretzels AND kisses,

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but some are more appropriate to share than others, know what I mean?

What do kisses mean when given out like pretzels and robbed of sacredness?

PS.  That pretzel is heart-shaped!  So even if you just give someone a pretzel, you still love them.  Gotta run this metaphor dry…

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Girl with Valentine’s Day Cookie

Myth:

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Experience: 

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Claim Your Strengths.

                                                              Claim Them. 

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Sounds like a new Nike ad slogan or something, huh?  Big bucks are coming my way! Truth in jest.  If you’re real nice to me, maybe I’ll share. Dead Serious.

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My Shadow Days are Over Now.

9 months ago I was in a deep, dark black hole. 

Lyrics here. 

I’m a good girl with a good heart.

Had a tough time.  Got a rough start.

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But my shadow days are over now.

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As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for thou art with me.

~Psalm 23:4

Core Beliefs:  Christ, expression, beauty, kindness

(Even if you don’t like John Mayer or my taste in music, just listen to that song!!!)

Readers: If you are in a dark shadow of any kind,

there just might be light at the end of the tunnel.

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A very common sight indeed

My dad reading the Mormon almanac.  ImageYes, you read that right.  Mormons are such a weird cult that they have their own almanac.  Haha, not really.  It just is a book published every year that gives information about new church leaders, new temples, and statistics/demographics and stuff like that.  Just the sort of stuff that gets David’s heart racing and his toes tapping 🙂

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An unexpected metaphor

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Warning: I am about to make a comparison between 2 things that are seemingly very different and potentially the slightest bit controversial. But just know that in John Donne’s famous poem, “Batter my Heart,” he compares spiritual conversion to sexual violence.  Mine is no where near that bad, and John Donne has been quoted in Mormon General Conference!  (So now that I’ve established my ethos a bit, onward I go!)  The following subject matter is not offensive, obscene, or inappropriate I believe, but it does concern an adult theme.  But it’s all good cuz I’m not worried about Miss Rosemary or Mr. William reading this just yet 🙂

SEX AND TEMPLES
Many people wonder why only certain people go inside Mormon temples.  There have been feelings of exclusion, privilege, secrecy, and us. vs them.  I was born and raised in the church and I struggled with it.  All through Young Women’s I heard, “you’re gonna get married in the temple.  you are the princess.  you will be so beautiful.  TEMPLE MARRIAGE RULES!”  I felt alone, and I thought I couldn’t ask questions or voice my feelings of nervousness, not wanting to do the whole temple experience, etc.  I didn’t buy the whole “sacred, not secret” thing.  I felt like it wasn’t fair that I would have to commit to something that I didn’t know beforehand.  I didn’t want to wear garments.  But I thought:  I CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES THE TEMPLE AND THE TEMPLE IS SO AWESOME, ETC. AND WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THE TEMPLE SPECIFICS..so I lived in silent fear, shame.
As I got older I began to understand that it was okay to ask questions, be nervous, have doubts, and my anxiety began to lessen.

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2 years ago a Christian friend visited me in Provo.  He asked me questions about the church.  I don’t know if he wanted to join, but he wasn’t antagonistic or trying to prove me wrong or anything.  We walked on temple grounds.  He loved it and took lots of pictures (he was a photographer).  He asked me why only Mormons could go in…..the sometimes dreaded question.  (though again he was earnestly asking; not offended or being antagonistic).  In that moment I had a thought come to my mind that was definitely not my own (at least not completely).  TEMPLES ARE LIKE SEX.  Let’s talk about sex first because that’s the one everyone is interested in.

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   In Christianity, God says sex is only between 2 people who are married.  It is natural.  It is good.  It is beautiful.  But when you take sex and put it all over the internet or the magazines or the songs, when you pervert and abuse it, it is wrong, it is offensive, sinful, shameful….ETC…when a couple is married, they have sex!  It is not a secret, not shameful or sinful.  And yet it’s not really appropriate to discuss the details with others.  Sex is for people who are commited, responsible, and mature enough to handle it.  To the wrong eyes and in the wrong contexts, it is wrong, but within marriage, it is right.
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The temple is like this too!  It is for people who are committed, responsible, and mature enough to handle it.  To the wrong eyes and in the wrong contexts, it is wrong, but within the appropriate boundaries, it is right and awesome and wonderful.  Might be kinda weird the first time or two (like sex), but it grows more meaningful over time.  What goes on is not shameful, but we don’t talk about specifics because it is sacred.

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By the way, it must be clarified that there is NOTHING SEXUAL ABOUT THE TEMPLE EXPERIENCE.#ain’t no kinky ceremonies  #just waiting for a thunderbolt for that blasphemy

Since my first time explaining this to my friend, I have used it in certain conversations with about 15 people-Mormon/not Mormon, endowed/not endowed.  And it has gone over REALLY WELL!  They get it.  And by the way, I feel good about knowing when is an appropriate time and place to share this.  Not something I’m gonna say over the pulpit, know what I mean?

I am a virgin in both respects.  Hopefully when my time comes around, it will be rocking, in both respects.  #toomuchinformation?   #idon’tcare

CLOSING THOUGHTS

1)  I invite all people to learn about the LDS temple, and if they choose, to prepare themselves to receive the blessings associated with it.

2)  Similarly, I strongly encourage all people to practice the principle of chastity in keeping with the laws of the Lord.

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“What I am, and what I would are as secret as maidenhood. 

To your ears, divinity.  To any others, profanation.”

~Viola (from William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”)

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PS.  Dear friends/readers, I kindly remind you that if you ever have questions about anything at all, you can always email me (katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com).  I wish to emphasis that I do not believe in bait-and-switching people into any religion or faith (if you think Mormons are cray-cray, it’s okay!), but if you have inquiries, I am a pretty good reliable source I think 🙂

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