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“Suicide, what kinda talk is that??”

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While we all mourn the death ofRobin Williams, let’s be oh so careful to not subtly condone suicide. When people say things like “he’s free from the pain,” what does that communicate to people considering taking their own lives? Don’t make it seem like a choice he/she wants to make.

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If you know someone who is thinking of suicide, be a true friend and make sure he or she gets help.

Dieter Uchtdorf

This is an opportunity to talk about mental illness, to talk about hope for those afflicted.

It’s not disparaging to try to learn from this tragedy.
It is hopeful and could possible save a life.


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“Suicide?

What kinda talk is that?”

-KW (both of them!)

PS: Before you call me insensitive, let me say that you know nothing about what I’ve seen in my family, friends, and my own life. Don’t tell me what I don’t know.

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I simultaneously respect/admire and despise this man right here:

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Genius?                             Yes.

(occasional) Dirt-bag?   Yes.

Misunderstood?              Yes.

Original?                           Yes.

Arrogant?                         Yes.

Insecure?                          Yes.

Immature?                       Yes. 

Brilliant?                          Yes. 

Profane?                           Yes.

Eloquent?                         Yes.

Morally ambiguous?      Yes.

Genius?                             Yes.

Image“You’re gonna love me, you’re gonna hate me,

but I’m gonna BE ME!”

-Kanye West

And  it’s quotes like that that keep me comin’ on back for more…

🙂

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My dearest, troubled Kim Kardashian…

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You’re not cute, you’re not sexy, you’re not funny, you’re not anything good when you instagram pictures of yourself in some hardly-there outfit.  I don’t keep tabs on you AT ALL, but when I do see your name at the bottom of some news website, it’s almost always because you have posted some obscene selfie…

Kim, you’ve made mistakes in your past.  So why must you continue to perpetuate a negative stereotype of yourself?!

ImageYou are a mother now.  I do wish you would at least think of what that means as far as modesty and chastity go (among other things).  When she gets older, is your daughter gonna wanna see pix of her mama’s junk hanging out?  NOOOOOOOO!

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We all know you love your body.  We all know your family is filthy rich.  We know.  We know.  We know.

Girl, you are in a sense undoing feminism and all the things that women have worked so hard for for so many centuries!

KK, come on now.  It’s POSSIBLE for you to change…

So do it, please!

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 Friends, I got LOADZ more to write about the embarrassing and disgusting phenomenon (sorry if that’s mean!) known as “The Kardashians.”

Stay.  Tuned.

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I do believe there is good in all of us.

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I do.

Read more about a multi-faceted,good vs. evil” identity

within every person’s soul.

Kanye West is someone about whom Katherine has VERY strong opinions.

For bad.

And for good.

Haven’t mentioned Miss Kardashian yet in this blog.

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We at War.

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We at war with terrorism,

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We at war with racism,

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but most of all, we at war with ourselves.

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A thousand little wars I have to choose between

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Some of the greatest battles will be fought within

the CHAMBERS OF YOUR OWN SOUL.

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I’m in the war of my life.

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JESUS WALKS.

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When I try to rap…

it kinda comes out like this (warning: a bit of profanity):

Just to compare to the original, here it is (this one is clean):

Good thing I have this INSANELY talented rapper to collaborate with:

(and this clip doesn’t even show half of what he can do…)

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More to come, but from the both of us: Dead Serious. 🙂

(and yes, I did just compare myself to Taylor Swift.  And no, this isn’t the first time)

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The letters “K” and “W” don’t exist in Spanish…

Darnie.  Those letters are special to me; they are my (and Kanye’s!) initials. 

The “K” sound is made by “qu,” as in quince (“15”, which IS a good bildungsroman Tay-tay song).

The “W’ sound is made by “ue” as in abuelo (“grandfather,” as in my grandfather Ernest)

Kinda cool, I guess.  Still, I wouldn’t mind if these letters find their way into mainstream Spanish someday. 

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What’s in a name?

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Names play a significant role in our lives (especially in THIS girl’s life!)  Furthermore, name changes are an interesting part of our experience.  Let me share for a minute about my own name and it’s journey.

My birth name is Katherine, but when I was very young my family called me Kate.  In 2nd grade, I wanted to go by my original name, and because education often stressed phonetic spelling, it was “Katheren.”  I eventually spelled it the way it was given to me and used this name until the end of high school.  When I first came to BYU, I wanted a new identity.  Not brand spankin’ new, but a way to have somewhat of a fresh start.  I wasn’t a reformed bad girl or anything, but almost anyone can relate to wanting a clean slate when they first leave home.  I told every new person I met that my name was Katie.  Not anything too drastic, but the change was still significant.  But 2 years later, “Katherine” was calling my name again (see what I did there?), and so I used that name and continue to use it to this day.  My name journey was and continues to be very funny at times as some people to this day do not know whether to call me Kate, Katherine, or Katie.  I will respond to all, but 90% of the people in my life call me Katherine, so if in doubt, go with that.

Why does this matter to you?  May I suggest that you ponder your names.  First/last/middle/maiden/nicknames, etc.    What do they mean to you?  To your family?  I have known people who have chosen to take on new names after significant changes, such as religious conversions, therapy, and of course marriage.  Names are a part of our identity, and since we do not choose our own names from birth, there are times when individuals decide to change them on their own.  Deeper parts of the LDS theology reveal the significance of new names for those who desire to become closer to God.  Think about how Saul changed to Paul in the New Testament.  Oh, yah, AND my platonically beloved former counselor went from ______________ to Therapist Zach.  An alias, a pseudonym, but for a good purpose, I’d say.

Last soapbox for the day:  I am open and accepting, but whatever you do, do NOT name your child North West, or something weird like that.

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Controversy can overshadow talent and achievement….

There are SOOOO many examples of this, but here are just a few:

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1)  Kanye West- (um, Taylor Swift incident, anyone?)

2)  Eminem (If CNN has a top 10, that’s pretty bad Marshall)

3)  John Mayer (You know I love you Johnny, but don’t be spilling your secrets about women! Plus, chastity is where it’s at, anyways.)

And countless, countless others.  These people are often UNBELIEVABLY GIFTED, but when they get brought up in conversation, unfortunately that all often just gets forgotten because of mistakes they’ve made.

Just one more reason to keep my clothes modest.  That and I haven’t hit the gym in a while.

PS.  I do believe in repentance and redemption.  I do.

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When it comes to God and my religious beliefs, I’m not gonna shove it down your throat, but I’m not gonna walk on eggshells, either.

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Figuratively OR literally.  A comfortable middle-ground (remember that phrase, it’s a good one).

I’m not gonna walk on eggshells,

but I’m not gonna shove it down your throat.

       OR

I’m not gonna shove it down your throat,

but I’m not gonna walk on eggshells

syntax matters…

And I know that Kanye West is not the best person on the planet, but don’t overlook his stellar talent with words and what he has to say on this subject:

“I ain’t here to convert atheists to believers, I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers, the way that Kathy Lee needs Regis, that’s the way I need Jesus.”

Yes, I, a total and complete WASP, just quoted some Kanye.  What can I say?

Oh, plus he and I have the same initials.  🙂

And to bookend with a key phrase in my title, allow me to borrow a phrase from Natasha Bedingfield (who else?):

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Won’t walk on eggshells so you don’t hear the “crazy(?) things I’m saying…

~Stumble

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Readers:

How do YOU talk about your faith/conviction/opinions/religion in a way that is “bold, but not overbear[ing]”?

~Alma 38:12

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