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My manners leave a lot to be desired…

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but at least I’m not a liar!   

Readers:  Guess who spoke this poetry.  Just guess…

🙂

TEACHING TIEMPO!

What is more important to you?  Manners or honesty?

Are they mutually exclusive?

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A phrase I do NOT like:

“My body is a temple, and YOU don’t have a recommend.”

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Another phrase twist with a specific Mormon flare.  But I ain’t diggin’ this one.  It seems too sexual, too arrogant, too exclusionary (particularly in relation to LDS temples) and too literal.  I believe in chastity, but don’t think we need to talk about it in a suggestive way, know what I’m sayin’?  There’s gotta be a way to express our views on modesty/virtue WITHOUT doing that kind of thing.

The English teacher in me has to ask, “Do you agree.  Why or why not?”

PS.  I suppose this post is a bit hypocritical since I DID write one comparing Mormon temples to sex/chastity.  But it’s more classy, I think 🙂

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What does the abbreviation “MTC” mean to you?

ImageYes.  But also this:

ImageAnd this one is tougher.  See if you’re up for it:

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Did you get it?

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Connotations of “Instruments”

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Same semantics, different syntax

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I’m starving, but I can wait ’til lunch.

vs.

I can wait ’til lunch, but I’m starving.

SAME WORDS, BUT DIFFERENT MEANING!  Emphasis is placed on the last clause.

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There is a difference between winging it….

and BS-ing it.  Know what I mean?

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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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“You’re always quoting songs!”

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard this phrase (or something along those lines), I wouldn’t even care about the fortune I plan on making from this blog 🙂  No but seriously, I’ve given this idea some real thought.  And here’s what I’ve come up with:  I do not mean to be a walking song.  I can see how my near constant lyrical references could come off as being trite or cliche, not to mention potentially annoying.  It’s just that if someone has already found the words that perfectly express what you are feeling, why would you try to find new ones?  Economy of thought, people!  Plus you can still be creative and original by borrowing art.  Moulin Rouge, anyone?

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A legit musician put gas in my car AND bought me a drink! Non-alcoholic of course.

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True story.  Probz should have actually cleaned myself up a little, huh? Oh well.  Ya’ll know I’m beautiful, even if not everyday.  But I digress.   This kid Oba is the real deal.

And boy can break it DOWN!

This stuff is good enough to be on the radio.  Too good.  Puts Chris Brown and Jason DeRulo to shame.  This song is another literary gem, teachers.  Can you believe this kid is giving up music for 2 years to go on an LDS mission?  Now THAT’S dedication.  You know homeboy will be winning Grammys in no time when he gets back.  Oba if you ask really nice, I GUESS I’ll be your date although it’s such a terrible bother to get a pretty dress and have  your makeup and hair all done up and stuff….. 🙂

Gender confusion?

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And he liked some of my Natasha mash-up ideas.  DON’T HATE THAT!

#those drinks are “Arizona” brand, but they’re not tea!  Promise!

#Shaq is doing this now I guess…

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What do “bird” and “ring” have in common?

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THEY BOTH ARE FINGERS!

And sometimes, Tyler kills 2 birds with 1 stone….

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by putting his ring on the bird.  See what I did there?

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Look a little closer

Seems like a picture of nothing, right?

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Wrong.  Look a little closer,

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see the symbols,

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and ponder all they represent.

freedom

#inspiration is everywhere

#for better or for worse, this is my mind people

#BYU English Program done me good

#took this 3 years ago…..

#I wasn’t driving-don’t worry!

#you’re welcome, teachers

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