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To the Ordain Women Group- why are you doing this again?

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I think it’s high time for a little controversy, don’t you? 🙂

Those who are part of the Mormon “Ordain Women” movement make no secret that they will again demonstrate at the Priesthood session of General Conference taking place in 2 days time. Some are even more bolstered now than before (namely author Joanna Brooks), as they seem to take the letter from the PR department as some sort of a challenge.

Here’s where I am confused: Why would anyone put themselves through that….again? I understand that being denied permission to attend in October was quite emotionally taxing for those involved. So why would you want to do that to yourself one more time? Never mind that you are now deliberately defying the Church’s request; it just seems unfathomable to try again when you are destined to, well, fail in your endeavor. Before, you thought you had a chance. Now, you don’t have one at all.

I’m not trying to be unkind. I’m not even necessarily trying to discourage you. But why? Why are you going to torture yourself again? It seems to me to be emotionally masochistic. I know that you believe you have a greater cause, but at what cost (when it’s already guaranteed that you will not meet your goal) ?

Why (Georgia)

Who finds a way to fit John Mayer into EVERYTHING?

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Ordain Women, why are you doing this????

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The best laid plans of mice and Katherine often go awry…

ImageI’m at a place in my life where I have hope and energy and faith.  I really am.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m still disappointed and confused about some things.  Why haven’t certain opportunities worked out for me yet?  Things that have happened for a lot of my friends and family.  And don’t give me any of the crap about not comparing ourselves.  To avoid that completely is near impossible.

I’m a smart girl.  I’m a good girl.  I work hard.  I have a lot going for me.  But still there are a lot of things lacking.  And I’m not really talking about marriage here (although truthfully, that is a part of it).  I’m talking about career and milestones and other things I want.

I believe they’re coming.  I really do.  And I’ve made so many great strides.  Like, I’m finally starting to get my body back.  I ran my first 5K in a while yesterday, and I secured my lovely apartment in Salt Lake.  Still, I’m hungry for more things that simply aren’t here yet.  I just gotta keep pushing forward, and I will.  I’m happy, but I’m far from satisfied.

Sometimes the greater plan

is kinda hard to understand…

-Luke Bryan

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This señorita got a treat to translate Spanish!

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Today I translated for a Mexican woman in my ward who speaks only minimal English. I didn’t serve a Spanish-speaking mission (I didn’t serve a full-time mission at all, actually), but I have taken several advanced Spanish courses at BYU and lived for a summer in El Salvador. My translation certainly was not perfect, but overall it was a pretty awesome experience! It requires a lot of active thinking and engagement with the lesson to translate. And like anything worthwhile in life, you definitely can’t be afraid to make a mistake because you inevitably will. Totez wanna do it again if there is a need. ¡Qué bien!

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“You don’t know it all,

but you know enough.”

Elder Neil Anderson

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“Separate but Equal” : a troublesome but still fairly accurate phrase to describe the gender spheres.

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The phrase “Separate but Equal” is infamous for its historical context. But looking past that for a moment, I think the idea behind the phrase is relevant to the discussion of gender issues, specifically feminism:

Men and women are equal, both in the laws of the land and in the eyes of God. But they are DIFFERENT. Not utterly and completely different. But they are undeniably distinct in many ways. Biologically (duh), but also cognitively and socially. To pretend that this is not the case is lunacy. Yet some people try.

I’m not going to go get myself killed by throwing around the phrase “separate but equal” in common conversation, but I do think the concept is valid when talking about separate gender identities.

Men and women can have the same rights and equal protection under the law while still acknowledging their inherent differences.

What do YOU think about this kind of thing?

More to come on this issue.

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There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are kind.

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It really bothers me that the American public seems to find it amusing when women (especially young women) in entertainment are crude and brash in the name of being comical. I believe in free speech, I’m not trying to apply a gender double standard, and I don’t think women should just look pretty and say nice things all the time. On the contrary, I like when women are honest and real. Still, I am disappointed that some female public figures base much of their careers on being unapologetically vulgar.

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“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
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-Former Young Women’s General President Margaret Nadauld
(and don’t be mockin’ her because she rocks the 80s looks!)
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Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen DeGeneres are 2 women in the public eye who are, in my opinion (and most other people’s as well!), very, very funny.  They are not prudes, they express themselves, but they keep it clean most of the time.  And they do NOT degrade or insult others.  Classy lasses, I think.
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What are YOUR views on (young) women in the media, specifically about what is (un)acceptable behavior and speech in trying to be funny?
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Let’s return to virtue, please.
Thanks so much.
K

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Life is a series of constant epiphanies…

Image“Life is this constant series of epiphany after epiphany. ‘Oh, I know this now.  I didn’t know that then.  You’re a different person today than you were yesterday.’ ”

-The lovely and effervescent Ms. Taylor Swift

Totally true!  We’re always learning through trial-and-error experiences and unintentional lessons.  Epiphanies can be painful, but they can also be enriching and even comical.  And the real problem would be living all this time and NOT learning anything.  So we just gotta try to take things in stride, I think.

What epiphanies have YOU had?

Here is the original context (so inspiring, as always):

life is a constant series of epiphany after epiphany…

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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.”

 

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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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Will you make some room?

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“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.”  

-Neal Maxwell

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Don’t be like that selfish innkeeper who was too busy and rude to care.

Make some room, okay?  Perfect!

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Faith Without Works is Dead…and Vice Versa!

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The relationship between faith/grace and works/good deeds/ordinances is a complex and intriguing facet of Christianity that has been the subject of intense debate throughout the centuries.  Indeed, entire religious denominations have been torn apart, with new ones being born, due to differences of beliefs concerning this topic (think Lutheranism vs. Catholicism for just one example).

There is more I wish to explore on this subject at a future time, but for now I’ll say that while the New Testament teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26), I would also go so far to say that works, without faith is likewise dead.

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1)  What do YOU think about the relationship between faith and works?

2)  How can you make sure your faith isn’t dead?

3)  What can you do to ensure that your works aren’t faithless?

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Love at Home.

There is beauty all around

when there’s love at home.

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A house doesn’t make a home…

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(Love makes a home)

And did you know that there was a recent LDS conference address that specifically addresses the unique experiences and challenges of single parents?  It was given by this cool Scottish guy who was himself raised in a single-parent home.  I hadn’t heard anything like it before nor have I since.  Check it out!

Read here.  (It’s a good one!)

(Speaking to single parents:) “[p]lease never feel that you are in some kind of second-tier subcategory of Church membership, somehow less entitled to the Lord’s blessings than others.

      In the kingdom of God there are no second-class citizens.

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Friends, how can you cultivate love in YOUR home?

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Miley’s cute, but Phil gets the boot?!

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“It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh,

and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

-Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal

AMEN!

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Fake cigarettes make you look like an idiot!

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Truly, they do It’s one of the dumbest trends I’ve seen among college-aged Mormons.  Whether it’s Halloween or some poetry slam, or whatever the case may be.  They look it looks sexy and glamorous and cool and unique, but they really just look pretentious and pathetic.

I once threw a party, and some loser showed up with a fake cig hangin’ outta his mouth.  Guess how long he lasted before I kicked him out?  It was less than 2 minutes.

I realize I’m bein’ a bit harsh, but that’s never stopped me before. 🙂

(But I do like this song):

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Alrighty, back to the main point:

Fake cigarettes

make you look like an idiot!

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Not totally clueless, I guess!

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Lately I’ve started fixing my mechanical problems myself (as opposed to calling my brother-in-law, who can fix anything).  It’s cool to be creative, and I really like problem-solving a lot.  And it’s not about pride, but more about being self-reliant and motivated to tackle problems by myself if I can.  I do, however, believe in enlisting the help of experts when necessary, as it would be unwise to attempt to do things that are out of my capacity and skills.  But so much of the time we can do stuff ourselves if we just take the time to learn and try!

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When it comes to handy stuff,

I’m not totally clueless, I guess!

🙂

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.

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“I am convinced that it is not the amount of money an individual earns that brings peace of mind as much as it is having control of his money.”

-N Eldon Tanner

Omgosh, sooooo true!  Yes, yes, yes!  Having control of your money is infinitely more important than the actual amount!  Being aware of your finances, having sufficient savings, and being strong enough to exercise self- control (uh-um, Mr. Tyson) are key to a truly happy life!  Now, I certainly wouldn’t turn down a million dollars, but that’s not where peace of mind comes from; it comes from being in control.

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1) Friends, how can YOU have control of your money (no matter its amount)?

2) How can you make sure money doesn’t control you?

ImageOne of my most favorite resources EVER is mint.com.  It’s an amazing money tracking website that can’t be beat!  Time Magazine and Forbes have consistently rated it one of the best websites.  And it has seriously changed my life.  If you haven’t already, check it out!

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Why do some people cling to their pride?

Some people cling to their pride because it’s all they have.

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All my pride is all that I have…

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Pride is what you had, baby girl I’m what you have!

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“What are we going to do today?” “What we try to do everyday, TAKE OVER THE WORLD!”

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Behind the scenes of my blog I can see how many people are clicking on my links.  And what’s really cool is that a lot of people are clicking on links to the LDS Church website (over 150 clicks to date!).  This fits perfectly into my plan of Mormons taking over the world!

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I used to think that most non-denominational Christians were not only church haters, but also were just a bunch of fence-sitting pansies who were too afraid to take a stand (mean-spirited and judgmental, I know!)…

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I do not think that anymore.

Still Christian!

Still Latter-day Saint/Mormon!

I do feel bad that I used to have this condescending attitude toward Christians who choose not to follow or participate in one certain denomination or religious sect.  But here’s the thing:

If my own faith is centered around Christ, with all other doctrines and details being merely peripheral (which is true of the Latter-day Saint theology), why should I doubt the sincerity and piety of others whose beliefs are essentially the same?

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“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

2nd Nephi 25:26

Yeppers, that pretty much says it all.  And even though that passage is Mormon specific, I’ll bet that pretty much all believers agree with its general message.  So sorry I ever thought the way I did, friends.

Hope you can forgive me…

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*Just a note:  I still do think that it is possible to be too general in moralism and even underly-dogmatic (is that even a word?).  Read Jewish NY Times writer David Brooks’s thoughts on this idea here,  as it specifically relates to the Book of Mormon Broadway musical.

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A Poem on the Sad Subject of Sexting (safe for all eyes and ears).

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Sexting in texting?!

That’s pretty perplexing

and more than just vexing

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‘Cuz when you subject

the world to your sexts

you might forever affect

the forces that direct

your future, which you must protect!

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And those are mistakes

that you DON’T want to make.

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And it’d be incorrect

for you to neglect

the major aspects

of real life, and those who will surely object

to your sexts.

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You don’t have to be perfect,

but it’s not at all complex,

just show a little respect.

And PLEASE save your sex

for a different context

than a text.

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Thanks!

Love, Katherine

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A Spectrum of (Mormon) Feminism

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are sincere, honest, and intelligent in their beliefs.

I respect and validate these people.

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are obnoxious, bandwagon followers, and are just looking for reasons to protest and make their annoying voices heard.

I roll my eyes at these people (sometimes literally) and pray they would just STOP!

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There is, and always has been, a spectrum of feminism:  You’ve got your bra-burning liberals, your Susan B. Anthony’ types, and everything in between.  The American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman leaned veeery far to the left, even going so far as to seriously suggest that women should segregate themselves from men and form their own societies.  Though I certainly don’t agree with this level of extremism, MANY of Gilman’s other feminist ideals resonate strongly with me, particularly those found in her ever influential piece “The Yellow Wallpaper” (duh!).   Gilman perfectly embodies the ambiguity of the concept of feminism, even within a single person.

I personally am conservative/moderate, both on the political spectrum and on the feminist spectrum (though they are of course not mutually exclusive).

What are YOUR thoughts on (Mormon) feminism?

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The woman wearing orange in the first picture is Neylan McBaine, a Mormon moderate feminist writer (just like me!).  Among other things, Neylan founded the Mormon Women’s Project, an online database that interviews LDS women of a range of backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, goals, and challenges.  I have privileged to be a writer for the MWP.  Will definitely write more about it soon.  Stay.  Tuned.

🙂

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Another Violent Brick in the Wall.

“Home Alone” is a lot more violent than I remember (and than is necessary).

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I HATE violence with a passion.

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Oh, and I got my title from this classic Pink Floyd song:

music starts at 2:17ish…

and now lemme rewrite the lyrics to fit this post!

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We don’t need no altercations….

We don’t need no violent throws…

Hey! 

Kevin! 

Leave them thieves alone!

All in all, you’re just a kid home alone.

🙂

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The difference between Mitt Romney and myself.

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It would not have been wise for Mitt Romney to speak publicly about his Mormon faith (duh).  I’m grateful that I do not have that same limitation, and I can speak about it all I want!

And I just compared myself to Mitt Romney.  Thunderbolt of blasphemy for sure.

Oh, also there are TON of other differences between Mitt and myself.  Like he makes millions, to name just one example.

🙂

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Justin Timberlake is a dirt-bag.

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He just is.

Justin’s been lustin’ it seems

He absolutely has incredible talent.

He absolutely has some great songs.

He absolutely has some dirty songs/videos.

He absolutely is totally full of himself.

He absolutely is a decent actor.

He absolutely has played some raunchy roles in some filthy films.

He absolutely is attractive (at times).

He absolutely is a dirt-bag.

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Go ahead and call me judgmental, I don’t care; I call a spade a spad(except he’s no ace) and just tell it like it is.

And to prove my point that I acknowledge and appreciate (some of) his artistry, I will include this video, which is probably the best song he’s ever done by the way.

Still, he’s a dirt-bag.

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I’m strong as an ox and solid as a rock. So bring on the flocks of those who smack talk!

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There are some real trolls on the Internet, I’m finding.  And their mothers would be ashamed if they knew the kinds of things they were saying, especially to a lady like me!  Sadly for them, they can’t get to me at all.  They can’t make me engage in their games, either.

Haters gonna hate,

but I got something to celebrate!

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and solid as a rock. 

So bring on the flocks

of those who smack talk!

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and then she made my lips hurt…

…all this trash-talk make me itching!…

(not really)

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Tooooootally!

🙂


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I am my own biggest advocate.

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Before he was famous, John Mayer expressed that he was his own biggest advocate.  This maxim has served him extremely well and has led him to his magnificent career; as it pushed him to work tirelessly to polish his skills and achieve musical excellence, stand up for himself when others might have disagreed/disapproved, and fight for what he wanted, artistically and otherwise.  Inspired by John (as I usually am), I have adopted this philosophy for my own life and likewise declare that I am my own biggest advocate.

Are YOU your own biggest advocate? 

If not, how can you be?

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Adam Levine is pretty much a D…

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Adam Levine is a D. Not attractive (a few strategic tats can be sexy, but his whole body is inked. Eww!), a weird voice, completely arrogant, and makes almost all of his stuff blatantly sexual and tacky.

Talented, yes.

Some good songs? Sure, I guess.

But overall as a person/artist, definitely not hot. Dislike.

The Fall of Adam…

🙂

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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Concerning the topic of AIDS/HIV:

Concerning the issue of HIV/ AIDS:  “We, with others, hope that discoveries will make possible both prevention and healing from this dread affliction. But regardless of such discoveries, the observance of one clearly understandable and divinely given rule would do more than all else to check this epidemic. That is chastity before marriage and total fidelity [in] marriage.” -Gordon Hinckley (said in 1987).

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“Having said this, I desire now to say with emphasis that our concern for the bitter fruit of sin is coupled with Christlike sympathy for its victims, innocent or culpable… We should reach out with kindness and comfort to the afflicted, ministering to their needs and assisting them with their problems.”

-Gordon B Hinckley (LDS Church President/Prophet 1995-2008).

Wow.

Can’t really add anymore to that.

The commandments are for our benefit.

Obey them please!

🙂

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German Shepherd

President Uchtdorf is a German Shephard!

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lemme explain…

Kath’s Main Points:

1)  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is German.

2)  President U is a shepherd (he leads people to truth).

3)  President U is a German Shepherd!

4)  Gotta be soooo very careful making jokes like this.  I think I’m okay in this case.

5)  I like dogs a lot.

6)  I like wordplay just as much.

7)  Doing black & white videos of yourself makes you look artsy.

8)  Shepherd’s pie is a little too heavy for me.

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President Uchtdorf

is a German Shepherd!

And yes, I know that’s not a German shepherd, so don’t give me any crap, please.  I considered doing some research to see if I could find one to take a picture with it, but I figured this picture does what I need it to….

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Forgive us our debts…

ImageIn the late 1890s, the Mormon Church was deeply in debt. Lorenzo Snow, the then-president of the faith, prayed for help and inspiration. Thus, came the revelation of the modern tithe, as announced in 1899 in St. George, Utah. Within a few short years, the Church was out of debt. And we NEVER will be in debt again. Never. Not to brag or sound worldly, but the cash flow of the LDS church has been surging ever since (hint: We. Are. Rich. But we use the money well and none of our leaders are paid!)

ImageThough I know this is probably impossible, I sure wish our modern government would take SOME sort of look at how we (Latter-day Saints/Mormons) do things.  Cuz we know how to get things done, be efficient, be responsible stewards with our money and properties.  And there is no one in his/her right mind who can say the same about the United States.  Trillions of dollars in the hole doesn’t just go away…

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We need more than just a passing glance

at the efficiency of Mormon finance!

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We simply can’t (any longer) ignore, the havoc caused by the Common Core!

ImageI believe in having high academic expectations, but the Common Core (one of the newest controversies concerning standardized testing) is taking that waaaaay too far, and is completely alienating students from actual learning. This blog post (I didn’t write it!) does an excellent job of explaining and illustrating why it is so very destructive:

We’re talking (good) kids contemplating suicide over the stress and anxiety they feel because of a test. That’s wrong.

We simply can’t (any longer) ignore

the havoc caused by the Common Core!

😦

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What a difference a year makes!

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Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana

there was U2, and Blondie, and music still on MTV!

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Writing’s sweet as frosting,

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but it’s also quite exhausting!

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So I am just looooving this chance that I have to write.  To express myself and to say things that are valuable and can speak to others.  It’s a gift to have the means, the skills, and the freedom to create as I do.  Often times during the day I am inspired and think of things to write about!  I have to keep it tucked in my mind (or in my notebook) til I can finally get to it.  And I do get to it 🙂  So yes, I love the opportunity to write.

But it takes its toll, too!  Inspiration is often inconvenient.  Like often the best ideas come at really inopportune times (like in the middle of the night).  It’s something many artists deal with.  John Mayer, Natasha Bedingfield, and Taylor Swift to drop some big names.  And it takes energy.  Mental, emotional, physical energy.  Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t complaining!  Not in the least.  Just expressing that truly committing oneself to one’s chosen art form can be pretty tiring.

Writing’s sweet as frosting,

but it’s also quite exhausting!

🙂

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It ain’t a disturbia…

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that I have readers in Serbia!

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How the heck did that happen to a nobody like me??!!

Who knows?

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It ain’t a disturbia

that I have readers in Serbia!

🙂

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“Nobody knew she was brave like that.”

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~Danielle Bradbury

This past year I’ve had to be brave

when I was overcome by an ugly wave

of disappointment and frustration

but it led me to a new salvation

Something greater than I’ve ever known

and I no longer have to feel alone.

Nobody knew I was that brave.

including me!

🙂

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The best of Amy Poehler

Image“If you can speak about what you care about to a person you disagree with without denigrating them or insulting them, then you may actually be heard!

~Amy Poehler

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LOVE IT!

🙂

line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety

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Decent hair, or decent sleep?

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I’m always having to choose between

decent hair and a good night’s sleep.”

~Lily Owen from The Secret Life of Bees.

AMEN A MILLION TIMES!

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While they’re celebrating broken things…

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I don’t want a world of broken things.

~John Mayer

celebrating broken things…

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I’ve turned into one of those people I’ve always made fun of…

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You know, those people who wear fake over-sized coke bottled glasses?

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Oh, the irony!

ImageWhat are YOUR thoughts on this supposedly hipster fashion trend

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?

Me personally, I know they’re a lil’ silly,

but I’m gonna keep wearin’ ’em sometimes!

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🙂

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“Now the cover of a Rolling Stone

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ain’t the cover of a Rolling Stone.”

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What a drag to say

at least I still have yesterday

 

Lyrics here. 

This is one of those Mayer songs that I didn’t quite grasp or understand the first few times I heard it.  But a recent listen helped me realize it is a subtle masterpiece.  John pines for an older, simpler time when true art was recognized and appreciated.  A time when people weren’t “celebrating broken things” like publicity stunts, reality shows, and the sick culture of the glorification of celebrity. The nostalgia for something real and substantial is a theme that appears in Mayer’s music again and again.

On a personal note, this song perfectly describes my feelings on what I call the artist’s own solution:

When no one has yet expressed what is lacking and

desperately needs to be expressed, you do it yourself.

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Much of my own blog is this:  no one (at least that I know of) has written some things that need to be written, so I do.  I have found that I often have the gift to be able to find the words to describe the feelings/ viewpoints of others, so perhaps they might at times think to themselves that Katherine “Speak[s] for Me” (the title of John’s song)!  I believe this is one of the major reasons why my blog has done so well in a relatively short time period.

Other times, some artists have already found the words to express (and often surpass!) what I feel, so I borrow from them!  In case you haven’t noticed, John Mayer often is my biggest source of inspiration (duh!).

Okay, I’ve taken a terrific tangent from the song which inspired this particular post.  So I’m gonna get back on track! 🙂    Though “Speak for Me” is only 3:04 in length, I could write pages upon pages about it’s chord structure, rhyme scheme, thematic substance, literary/grammatical structures, et cetera.  As I said earlier in this post, this song is a subtle masterpiece. 

Just one brief detail which I wish to analyze:

  I’m not mad about it

But I’m not that mad about it

I’m not mad about it

But I’m not that mad about it

Repetitive?  Yes.  Lazy?  No.  Seemingly simple, but cleverly complex?  Definitely!  The first connotation of “mad” is angry, while the second connotation is crazy/happy about.  True to character, John rarely (if ever) becomes angry about things that he wishes were different, but instead expresses a sadness.  This is how I often feel myself; not one to get belligerent (except on rare occasions), but on the contrary just am sometimes sad.

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Alrighty time to wrap it up for this post.  As is the theme of this song, I often am disappointed in the the overall lack of quality in our world today.  Not only in music, but just in people and society altogether.  Our problems are far from few, and I often get frustrated when I see people compound what is already less than ideal by their (lack of) actions, words, and attitudes.  But thankfully in an age of gimmicks and phonies, there are some constants we can count on.  Among other things, I can always find something (to borrow the words from Ms. Taylor Swift) “good and right and real” in the music of John.

He truly does “Speak for Me.”

🙂

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I’ve gotten my share of crap in my life about maintaining a less than perfectly spotless car.

For any critics (of any and all levels of levels of indignation/condescension/legitimate concern),

I have an answer for ya that just may freeze hell.

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I keep the image of my Church/ family name veeeery clean.

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click here for a full explanation!

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so I don’t mind in the least that my car usually is not immaculate

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course I still gotta get rid of some of the crap and vacuum it out sometimes

(line of propriety)

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but overall it’s NOT my top priority

AND THAT IS OKAY!

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Don’t ever give me crap about my car again (it’s not that bad anyways!).  I ain’t lookin’ to be offended, but just don’t talk to me about that subject, k?

Imageya right, you’re better off tryin’ to freeze hell!

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I don’t remember you looking any better…

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but then again I don’t remember you.

~J. Mayer

This is one of John’s saddest lyrics.  It is also one of my favorites.  Also, I strongly dislike the film/book “The Notebook,” (I’ll write why later), but I immediately thought of it when I was listening to this song.

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I used to think that most people who cohabitated (lived together without being married) were bad people.

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I do not think that anymore.

Still believe strongly in chastity!

Still believe that people should wait to live together (and all that implies :)) ’til after they are married.

In Spanish, “casarse” means “to get married.”  “Casa” means house.  So to live together in the same house means you are married!

With today’s high divorce rates and broken families, I understand why some people would be hesitant to commit to marriage, thus delaying it, or even avoiding it altogether.

Ironically, statistical evidence has repeatedly shown that people who cohabitate are actually MORE likely to get divorced (and have other problems as well)

More to come on these ideas.

Much more.

🙂

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