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Don’t kill the messenger!


Look, I know I’m a WASP woman, so I’m a teensy bit scared about posting it, but in this case, Don Lemmon has ethos that Katherine does NOT.  So I’ll stand behind him.  Cool!

P.S.  This post was inspired by a friend who works at the Food and Care Coalition in Provo.  Shout-out, Mr/Mrs. Magoo!

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Ms. Norbury’s truth

I’m not a big fan of the film “Mean Girls.”  I feel like in many ways it glamorizes girls being unkind and catty toward each other.  And we all know I ain’t about that.  But there is truth to be found in sometimes unexpected places:


“You have GOT to stop calling yourselves sluts and whores.  It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.”


Also, you are pretty, even if your Liz Lemon character isn’t always.


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We aren’t all gonna win Grammys or sell out Madison Square Garden,


but we can all pursue our interests, express our talents, and CREATE.

So how ’boutcha get off this blog and in the words of Britney, do something?

If I never win a Grammy, you know I’ll be alright…

~Jessica Andrews

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“The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs….”

"The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs....""The Lord answers our prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs...."

A few weeks ago, I called my friend Alex ( Alex is gender-neutral, and of course is not his/her real name.  But I double-checked anyways and now publish this with his/her permission).  Alex did not answer the phone, but the following text conversation ensued:

Alex:  Hey!  I’m at work.  How are you?

Katherine: Haha, I figured.  Just calling to say hi!  Call back when you can. No rush, just thought of you and wanted to let you know. 

Alex:  Katherine, I truly believe you were inspired to call me.  Thank you for following through with your thoughts even if you didn’t think anything of it.  When you called, I was in the bathroom crying having a really hard time, but your calling is an answer to my prayers. 

Katherine:  Alex, I’m so glad I could lift your spirits a little.  You lift mine.  I really do hope things get better.  Call/text/email anytime!

Alex:  Katherine, thank you.  You are amazing!

I do not relay this text exchange to brag.  I just want to remind you that you never know what role you are playing in someone’s life.

The title of this post comes from this quote by President Spencer W. Kimball.

Don’t be afraid to reach out.

READERS:  Who’s day will YOU make with a terrific text?


Oh ya, and save your text messages!

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Dan, Ben and Jerry

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See what I did there?

Lyrics. Also a better quality version.  Just a little quip:  STOP BLAMING ANYTHING ELSE!

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What are you doing reading this blog?



I do love my readers, but don’t just be readers, be livers too.  Like someone who lives, not like liver and onions or the organ that secretes bile…

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Don’t tell someone who is too sensitive that he/she is too sensitive….


know what I mean?  You don’t have to coddle, but the world will toughen him/her up in time.

Just be niiiice. 


Stepping off soapbox now 🙂

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All Therapists Are NOT Created Equal


      Therapist Zach

If you ever find yourself in counseling/ therapy of any kind and it just isn’t working out with your shrink, don’t necessarily throw in the towel right away.  Shop around a lil’, know what I mean?

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Text Messages Can Inspire Songs!

I have seen Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband in concert three times.  They are excellent musicians, creative songwriters and also very, very funny guys.  I distinctly remember Ryan saying that this song was inspired by text message exchanges between himself and his wife.  Awesome!  So that’s just another plug for what I talked about earlier concerning saving your text-messages.  Who knows, maybe you have a great hit in the making.  Do it, ya’ll!


(me and my girls with some of the boys from the band)

And I know I should let the song speak for itself, but I just can’t help but give a little commentary.  First of all, the chord structure is the same as Cannon.  And I’m loving the trumpets/brassy sound of it all.  And finally the lyrics?  So cute 🙂

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(Warning:  there are a few instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain)

LOVE the acting in this clip.  The tension between Carrie and Aidan in the repair shop is BRILLIANT!


“My whole life is on that computer.”   I feel ya, Carrie girlBoy do I ever.

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I’m glad you like my blog, but I DON’T want you glued to your seats…

Figuratively or literally.

I’ve had people email/FB/text me saying how much they appreciate my blog.  And I appreciate that YOU appreciate it.  It feels good to have readers, especially if I’m gonna get that Webby, BUUUUUT, remember that your story is more important than mine.  Read my blog when you’re on your computer or Iphone or whatever, but don’t forget to LIVE YOUR LIFE!

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Have you ever seen a picture of yourself and you remember how you felt at the time, and it wasn’t necessarily what showed?

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This is one of those pictures.  On the outside I just look like  a girl with high cheekbones, a great sense of color, and someone who could sport a red lip with confidence and class.  But on the inside, I was hurting pretty badly.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.  Even beautiful people.  Be kind.


Sometimes beauty isn’t recognized

when it contrasts with what you feel inside.

Natasha Bedingfield

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Get a Darker Under Shirt!

Colors can be deceiving, can’t they?



But I AM wearing one in both.  Promise.

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When you are so inspired that you have a hard time sleeping, (particularly if you live in the booming metropolis of Provo, which is basically the same thing as New York) it might be time for a sedative.”

Lyrics here. 

#always consult your doctor first 🙂

#never share meds….

#inspiration can be inconvenient

#this song is a literary gem, teachers take note


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Mormon Mispronunciations…

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PatriARCHAL                  PatriARTICLE     (am I being patroNIZing?)

SacraMENT Meeting      SacraMEETING    (3 syllables, not 2.  JUST LIKE MY NAME!)

In the words of BYU Professor Randy Bott, “Go and sin no more!

Anymore you can think of?

I just ended that last sentence with a preposition, and IT’S STAYING!


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It was YOUR fault the drunk driver hit you because you were on the road when he was…

Hear how ridiculous that sounds?

Well, it’s pretty much the same as “if she hadn’t been wearing that/alone at night/flirty/drunk, she wouldn’t have gotten into any trouble.  She was asking for it.”


#victim blaming makes me fume…

NO humor in this post..  Usually a lighthearted blog, but there is NOTHING funny about abuse/assault/rape…

#Elizabeth Smart is my hero


#still use your wits but if anything happens its NOT YOUR FAULT!

#first heard of the idea of “rape culture” at the Charlotte Gilman literary conference

(where I presented my piece on “The Yellow Wallpaper”)


*getting off my soapbox now (not up here very often…)


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Whatcha looking at down there? IT’S BETTER TO LOOK UP!

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(especially you, Renae, it’s your wedding day!)

Look down?

Heck no, Hugh Jackman!  Don’t you know it’s better to look up? 🙂

read this talk here it will rock your socks!

Core beliefs: humor, expression, kindness, creativity, beauty, Christ, understanding (BOOM BABY THAT’S ALL OF THEM!)

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Don’t be shy now….

This is Shy Grass:

Shy grass closes as a survival adaption/defense mechanism. As amazing at that is, let’s not follow its example…Don’t close yourself off when you are threatened….

*metaphor I made up as I wrote it-true story!
*Fiji good times
*youtube “shygrass” for more videos…fascinating

#how on Earth did I change glasses so fast?  no idea…

Core Beliefs: Beauty, Expression, Creativity, Humor, Christ


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How bout we take that feeling of being a ‘has been” and turn it into a has been? (made it up, yes).  Has been-ception, if you will…

Most of us have heard the following quote:  “The best is yet to come.”

I used to roll my eyes and write that off as just a stupid pep talk.  And maybe it is.  But maybe it’s true.  I wanna  find out…what about you?

Core beliefs:  Christ, kindness, expression, beauty

What a drag to say.  “At least I still got yesterday.”

~John Mayer


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Don’t Live Your Life in Abstraction, Live it in Reality

If you think it’s important for husbands to talk to their children even though they don’t see them as much as their mothers do, THEN TALK TO YOUR KIDS!  Fathers, be good to your daughters…. (not one of his better songs)
If you aren’t married or don’t have kids, then talk to your nieces/nephews or friends’ kids!  Get my drift?

“if you wanna make the world a better place, then you better look at yourself and MAKE THAT CHANGE!  ~Michael Jackson (don’t really want him hanging out with my kids, though)

#don’t be a hypocrit

#practice what you preach

#am I being too preachy?

#I’m not mad sorry if this makes me sound mad, I’m not

core beliefs:  humor, expression, kindness, Christ

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That GIRL needs therapy…

shout out to my therapist…you know who you are…thanks a million 🙂

if i become a famous blogger, its partially cuz of YOU!  we can go into business together and take over the world (think Pinky and the Brain)……

but if i don’t it’s ok too

#therapy isn’t weird

#everyone could prob benefit

core beliefs: kindness, humor, expression, Christ


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The Scream


Sadly, this famous painting by Edvard Munch captures the general feeling/ psyche/uncertainty/insecurity/depression/ spirituality/ identity/crisis of many people not only of the time when it was painted at the turn of the 19th century, but also of many people today in 2013.  There have been times in my own life when I could photoshop my own face into that distorted figure and call it a self-portrait.  So what is to be done? No easy answer, but here’s a thought: no matter your religion/ beliefs/ camp/political leaning, let’s at least try to show some love, respect, and kindness to try and ease that feeling a little.  And maybe sometimes we can dance in the parking lot 🙂

dance party

Core beliefs: kindness, Christ, expression, beauty, humor

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