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Reasons to Rhyme (and a Warning on Words) [Poem]

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“Waste bin full of paper. 
Clever rhymes, see you later!”
~Natasha Bedingfield

Just because it rhymes
Doesn’t mean it fits
Even if it’s cute
Don’t necessarily use it

Create a tone consistent
Craft a style that stays
Pick the perfect parlance (for the)
Theme you hope to convey

Words are just a vehicle
for the message to get through
If you can combine words and themes with tact,
Then poet, props to you!

It doesn’t always work, though
It’s harder than it looks
The thesaurus fails you greatly
(as do all the books)

To write something worthwhile
To be clear and oh, so clever
Observe, reflect, and think
It’s a painstaking endeavor

But keep at it and refine it
Your art just may take shape
There’s little more that satisfies
Than beauty you create!

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Playing on a Word: Joy

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“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
-Mark Twain

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.”
-Joy to the World (duh)

“Men [and women!] are that they might have joy.”
-2nd Nephi 2:25 (in the Book of Mormon)

“Sometimes we become so focused on the finish line that we forget to find joy in the journey.”
-Dieter F. Ucthdorf
….

Joy

How do you find joy?

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Equating pro-abortion arguments with pro-slavery arguments: “I don’t personally agree with it, but who am I to tell someone else how to live?”

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Just came across an article that articulates specific reasons why common pro-choice arguments are essentially the same as pro-slavery arguments.

And if any of my friends identify as pro-choice, don’t go hating on me for including this piece that is more than a little harsh/ spiteful/ condescending in tone.  Mark Twain, as you may recall, was a staunch opponent of slavery, and he was also a bitter pessimist against any and all sympathizers, whether or not they actually practiced the institution themselves.  You could choose to think of this writer in a similar way if you’d like.  Here is the article in full:

Arguments commonly made in support of slavery and abortion:

Appeal to privacy: “Well, I don’t personally endorse or condone slavery, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own property?”
Appeal to privacy: “Well, I personally object to abortion, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own body?”

Appeal to the superseding right: “My property rights come before the rights of a slave.”
Appeal to the superseding right: “My reproductive rights come before the rights of a fetus.”

Appeal to popular sovereignty: “States can decide for themselves if they want slavery. If a state doesn’t like slavery, they don’t have to have it.”
Appeal to personal sovereignty: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”

Appeal to inevitability: “Slavery has been around for thousands of years, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system in place for it.”
Appeal to inevitability: “Abortion has been around forever, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system for it.”

Appeal to faux-science: “Slaves aren’t really people. They aren’t like us. Look at them — they’re physically different, therefore we are human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as white people.”
Appeal to faux-science: “Unborn babies aren’t really people: they’re fetuses. Look at them — they’re physically undeveloped. Therefore, we are fully human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as born people.”

Appeal to economic concerns: “The economy relies on slavery. It would be a financial disaster if it ever came to an end.”
Appeal to economic concerns: “The tax base is strained already, most of these babies would end up on welfare. It would be a financial disaster if abortion came to an end.”

Appeal to the courts: “Slavery was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Dredd Scott. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing it. Nine men in robes said that blacks are property, and so that settles it.”
Appeal to the courts: “Abortion was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing. Nine people in robes said that fetuses aren’t people, and so that settles it.”

Appeal to faux-compassion: “Slavery is in the best interest of Africans. They can’t function in the real world, they need to be protected and guided by the white man.”
Appeal to faux-compassion: “Abortion is merciful. These babies are unwanted. They would have a miserable life. Better to help them avoid it all together.”

Appeal to the Bible: “Slavery isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”
Appeal to the Bible: “Abortion isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”

 

ddd

I just love me a rousing expression of freedom of speech.

In the words of my friend Crystal, “Stir the pot, why not?”

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Love it when intelligent people are passionate AND logical.

Read text here.

Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle in the LDS Church, is veeeery educated (Ph. D. from Yale).  But he ain’t cocky in the least!  I believe it would be safe to say that he is one of the most passionate, emotional, loving, and fiery of the Brethren.  He is also possibly one of the most quoted.  And the most beloved.

There is much to say about this particular address.  I will allow you to explore its deeper themes and richness.  But for now I will simply express that I love that, as he usually does, Elder Holland uses “boldness, but not overbearance (Alma 38:12).  He knows the appropriate rhetoric to speak to people of all different understandings of his faith and all different levels of intelligence, not unlike Jesus Christ himself when He taught in parables.

Friends, seriously even if you think Mormonism is crazy, this man is awesome.

On a personal note, he is a fan of Mark Twain.  Just like me!

🙂

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KATH DON’T CARE what Simon Says…

Truths to Consider:

1)  WE ARE ALL ARTISTS! (here’s Prezident Uchtdorf’s take on this…)

2)  We ain’t all gonna make it big (and that’s okay, ya’ll!)

3)  Stem of Jesse (Jessica!) in the scriptures

4)  What insight “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about the HBO filth series “Girls”

5)  My take on “The Great Gatsby” in 3 sentences.

6)  Haven’t yet written about Mark Twain’s  ever famous and influential piece (Huck Finn).  Stay.  Tuned.

7)  What Amanda Bynes (indirectly) taught me about Mormon temples.

8)  “American Idol” certainly has produced some talent, but overall is waaaaay over-rated.

9)  Hozaboutcha take an exodus from this blog and go read about what Moses says about idols? (here!)

10)  Katherine loves wordplay.  And admit it, she’s pretty darn awesome at it, huh? 🙂

ImageSimon Cowell…

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should lose that scowl!

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(muuuuch better, darlin’)

Just sayin’

(Kath, refer to your title in an awesome way that only you can…)

this song is one of the best in recent history.  just sayin’

🙂

So friends please take it to heart, when I say to go make some art!

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THIS BLOG POST IS FOR EVERYONE ON PLANET EARTH!

Mormon, Baptist, Jew, Agnostic, Atheist, Catholic, Muslim, Sihk, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Brown, Purple etc. (not listed in order of importance btw but Mormon IS number 1 on MY list…just sayin”)  This one’s for YOU!

Wanna know something?  Everyone can create!  And I’m not just talking about the sexy dance of procreation 🙂  I’m talking about being an artist.  Making something beautiful.  Something of value.  Something of substance…

We can’t all be this girl:

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(Natasha with her guitarist Luca)

Or this man:

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(Mark Twain for those who don’t read in this digital age)

Or this guy:

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(been hanging out with Mike Tyson lately, Vincent?)

And we DEF can’t all be this woman:

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(She’s obviously amazing and is helping the human race not go extinct, but I don’t want to be her anyways…..)

BUT WE CAN ALL CREATE!  WE ARE ALL ARTISTS!  I’M YELLING OUT OF JOY NOT ANGER…Enough with the caps-lock…

This beautiful German man says it better than I ever could (and that’s saying something!)…..

Read the full address here:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng  He’s talking specifically to women but his words are a universal truth, yes they are…

“You may say ‘I am not the creative type.’  If that is how you feel, THINK AGAIN.”

How do YOU create?

*not trying to convert you to the LDS Church (ain’t no bait-and-switch), but if you do I wouldn’t hate it…

#not trying to be preachy, just excited and wanted to share…

Core Belief:  Expression, Kindness, Beauty, Creativity, Understanding, Humor, Christ

(ALL OF THEM!)

*might be my best blog post yet….

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