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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!


When it comes to handy stuff,

I’m not totally clueless, I guess!


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“The need was never greater for new revelation than now.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Father of American Transcendentalism)

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And lemme give you a little context here.   RWE had the audacity to speak these words to a room full of ecclesiastical traditionalists (no doubt, some of them with their panties in a twist) at the Divinity School at Harvard University.  At the time, this was considered highly unorthodox, radical, and even heretical.  But he said it anyways!  Know why?  ‘Cuz it’s true!  And also when you’re as cool as him, you can kinda do whatever you fancy, I suppose.   You wreck it, Ralph!

Friends, do YOU agree with Mr. Emerson that we desperately need new revelation? (hint: if you don’t, you are disagreeing with one of the most enlightened thinkers in (relatively) recent history.  Though not 100% guaranteed, it is HIGHLY likely that he is smarter than any and all of us, no offense.)

This is one of my favorite LDS Conference addresses on the subject, given by none other than the famous Elder Jeffrey Holland that we (all) know and love. He mentions Emerson! And a whole bunch of other famous thinkers/ writers/ philosophers/ theologians too. WATCH!

Read here.

In a world of unrest and fear, political turmoil and moral drift, I testify that Jesus is the Christ; I testify of His prophets, seers, and revelators, who constitute the ongoing foundation of that Church and bear witness that such offices and such oracles are at work now, under the guidance of the Savior of us all, in and for our very needful day.

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“The need was never greater for new revelation than now.”

and we have it!


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Every burned book

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Enlightens the world!

(figuratively and literally)

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about these ideas…

PS.  “Censorship” is a very interesting topic and one on which I have lots of thoughts.  Stay.  Tuned.

Started as a flicker, meant to be a flame…

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~Sara Bareilles

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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…)

Whitney me JM concert...

half of my heart

whitney heart half JM concert

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…)


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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Now sleepy (?) students (readers),

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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!


something strange...


Go gotta go hang out with my boyfriend Harold now…

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