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Twitter Glory and Potatoes

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“Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything; otherwise, we’re going down the tube” Joan Rivers

As you can tell from my last post I’ve been struggling with some things happening of late particularly with the election. It’s just been a more than a little depressing. Fortunately, a funny thing happened on Thursday that brightened my day and I thought I would share it with you.

I’ve mentioned in the last couple of posts I have already cast my ballot for independent candidate Even McMullin. He is the only candidate I can remotely have even a particle of faith in and no I don’t care about throwing away my vote. (I can’t believe smart people like Orrin Hatch buy into such nonsense).

Anyway, Evan has been getting a lot of media and a broadcaster named Lou Dobbs tweeted out this:

Look Deeper, He’s nothing but a Globalist, Romney and Mormon Mafia Tool”

It’s a good thing he let me know because I’ve been a member of the LDS Church for my entire life and never heard of this “mormon mafia”. Well, Evan slayed it in his response letting Lou know there were people of many faiths part of his movement and then used hashtag #MormonMafia.

As any good mafia would do this started a barrage of funny tweets using #MormonMafia. I particularly liked one where they were dumping out the Coca Cola before the authorities came.

Well, I decided to join in the fun and tweeted out the above tweet “They don’t call them funeral potatoes for nothing” with a picture of the iconic Mormon side dish known as funeral potatoes.

If you aren’t aware funeral potatoes are cheesy potatoes often made at funerals because they are comforting, easy and most people like them. Hence the name.

potatoes2Anyway, before I knew it my tweet had exploded like nothing I had ever experienced before. Last checked it had nearly 1400 likes and 481 retweets, which is a lot for me and it was quoted in all kinds of publications from Washington Post, LDS Living to the Huffington Post! The entire day I had friends and family letting me know they saw my tweet.

Now I wish all of these people would subscribe to my channel but as they say any exposure is good exposure (most of the time at least). Nevertheless, it was a surreal and fun experience.

You see friends, when you tell a joke someone finds really funny it feels good. If they are rolling on the ground laughing, it makes you feel kind of clever for coming up with said joke. That’s how I felt last week except for with thousands of people including all the social media platforms. In a way it was a little overwhelming but it also felt pretty good!

It’s been a long depressing election cycle so I was grateful for a good laugh and the knowledge I’d made a few other people laugh if only for a moment. During this election we need those moments! Or at least I certainly need them.

This whole thing has also given me a fierce craving for funeral potatoes! But watch out for that Mormon Mafia. You never know where they will hit first.

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Trolls, Twitter Wars and Diversity of Opinion

Hey guys!  Hope you are all doing well. Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with things going on in my life and my sleep, or lack of it has been stressful.

You guys might recall that I have never been that into superhero movies. However, with The Avengers in 2012, Marvel began to win me over with their style of family friendly films. With each release I have become  more open to comic book movie films until now for the most part I enjoy them.

I have never been a big Batman fan but I made a big effort to get ready for Batman v Superman. I watched all the Batman and Superman movies (14) and was pretty excited to see them on the big screen. And what did I think of the movie? I didn’t really like it. I’ve seen it twice and liked it less the second time.

Anyway, the only reason I mention this is because I kind of wish the movie didn’t exist at this point. Critics didn’t like the movie either and certain fans have seen it their duty to lambast them and claim an anti-DC agenda.  It’s nonsense. Certain people I think are doing it to get attention to their twitter but others just can’t handle anyone not agreeing with them.

I have been mostly saved from this nonsense except for one person who trolled me pretty hard. I engaged with them  first on a forum we were in thinking it would be fun but they resulted to insulting me very quickly. Over a stupid movie for goodness sake. The interesting thing about this particular person is they haven’t actually posted a review of Batman v Superman on their channel. And they called me a sheep…

Despite having written 3 lengthy blog posts on what I would do differently and the detailed strengths and weaknesses of the film I am accused of copying and pasting my thoughts and going along with some anti-DC agenda.  It’s complete nonsense. I don’t have time for people like that so they are BLOCKED!

Meanwhile other people I respect are getting it a million times worse than me and their integrity as critics and human beings are called into question. I just don’t understand why people would do such a thing over a difference of a opinion on a movie? Sure can critics be too hyperbolic? Of course, but most of these same people who are upset used the same hyperbole for Jupiter Ascending– a film I actually had fun with and enjoyed.Where was my going along with the crowd on that one?

One woman in particular who has been at the heart of critic feud lambasted others for an anti-DC agenda. Last year she claimed those that liked Inside Out were deluded by Pixar fandom and that Tomorrowland was one of the worst movies of 2015.  That’s fine if she feels that way about Tomorrowland but then in her Gods of Egypt and Pixels reviews she claims critics are being unfair for not liking the films? Why is she allowed to dislike some films but others aren’t?  And why does it bother her so much to be in the minority view? I loved last year’s Good Dinosaur and not many shared that opinion.  It was tolerated but I LOVED it. It can be frustrating when it is treated like the worst Pixar movie ever made but I am confident with my feelings. I don’t need to always be in the majority of every opinion I have. That’s ok. I don’t think someone has an anti-Pixar bias if they didn’t like it or is a sheep. Give me a break.

Anyway, I just wanted to state my peace. If people don’t like mine or any other critics opinions on films or you think we are biased than newsflash- don’t follow us! Find someone who speaks to you and follow them. I have no problem with that at all. But to belittle someone because they don’t like something that you like is childish and frustrating.

So, that’s  my thought on that. The great thing about creating my own content is I can delete and monitor such nonsense. Thank goodness for that.

My Bubble

Ok.  After my little rant in the last post let me use up some more of my insomnia time with slightly more happy thoughts.  Today I want to say thank you for my bubble. People often say in a derogatory way ‘you are living life in a bubble’.  This usually implies that a person is closed minded or a simpleton in his or her views.

I disagree.  I am aware of those views which are different than mine and often ponder issues from their perspective, each time returning back to what I believe and think.  A constancy in one’s opinion does not necessarily prove thoughtlessness on the part of the thinker.  In fact, those that are easily swayed on important issues probably haven’t pondered them much in the first place.

Anyway, I digress.  I am grateful that I can surround myself with support in so many ways.  There is of course my home with a roommate and tenants who are good people and that happen to support my life choices.  This creates a home where the spirit can be and where I can feel peace.

Then there is my family and extended family which I felt this week.  I am so grateful for my cousins, aunts, uncles and other loved one’s who pray for me and sincerely want me to be happy.  It is my family bubble.

Next I have my facebook bubble.  This includes old friends I have kept in touch with from high school, college and my mission.  I am so grateful for those relationships.  It may seem silly but there was a time last year when I felt my world was falling apart and my facebook bubble saved me. I will always be grateful for good friends who reached out to me when I felt panicked and sad.

Next I have twitterstake.  This is perhaps my favorite bubble of all.  It is the group of LDS twitterers (is that a word) who uplift me throughout the day.  I would say 2/3rds of who  I follow are either conservative voices or Mormons and I love it!  I love being able to send a prayer to someone in struggling and I don’t even know where she lives or who she is.  I love that I was inspired today by 2 different members whose Christlike responses to attacks humbled me and made me want to do better.

I love that we can all learn about General Conference together and support each other when things get hard.  I love that I can laugh with a LDS member from China or cry with a fellow Mormon in Vancouver.  It is amazing!  I love the twitterstake bubble.

Lastly I have this blog and its bubble.  It is my spot to say how I feel whether it is about food, movies, politics, sports, swimming,whatever.  It is mine and I get to run it the way I see fit.  My little bubble.  I grow each time someone comments and I learn while writing each entry.  I am so grateful for it.  It is truly a reflection of me.

My greatest desire is to be obedient to God’s law and His gospel and all of my bubbles help me make that happen.  I would be hard pressed to do it alone.  Life is too hard.  I need those bubbles of love, acceptance, support, shared obedience, and freedom of expression.

So I embrace bubble living.  Whether it be on twitter, facebook, friends or my home,  I am happiest when surrounded by support and love.  Call me crazy, but it’s true!

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Also, I think we all chose our bubbles.  For instance, my brother lives in Portland- surrounded by a predominant culture that supports his way of life.  It is his Portland bubble.  He’s got one.  So do I!

Conference Twitter

As I mentioned in my last post the General Conference of my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is this weekend.  We have one session left and it has been a wonderful 2 days of spiritual feasting.   One thing that has made the experience more powerful for me is twitter.  There are 2 twitter handles #LDSConf and #twitterstake that so far has been 99% faithful Saints pointing out quotes and insights as we all listen to talks.

Some of you might say ‘how can you concentrate on the message while focusing on twitter.  I would argue that I focus on the message more because the learning experience is expanded.   When I was a little girl I went to a special school- Reid School- in Salt Lake.  As part of their curriculum my teachers at Reid always used more than one learning method to teach concepts.  For instance, when studying multiplication the teacher spoke the sums, wrote them on the board and then we repeated out loud the answers.  This created a visual, auditory and tactile learning experience.

I only attended Reid School for 6 months but it had a profound effect on my intellect and educational development.  I always try to learn in multiple ways.  When I was in college I used to call my mother and say ‘I just need to explain this to you’.  Simply reading a textbook or listening to a lecture was not enough for me to absorb information, but speaking it out loud kept it in my mind.

When I follow General Conference on twitter I am reading, typing, listening and watching.  Plus, with DVR I can go back and listen again to anything I might have missed.  This is also just the first of many viewings.  Sometimes I will have a pen and paper and other times nothing at all.  Each time I learn something different; however, the twitter interactive experience can only happen while watching live and I think it is worth taking advantage of.

One person @Stan_Way on twitter posted this photo of his set up for watching Conference.  I think it is awesome.

By the way #LDSConf was the 2nd most popular twitter handle yesterday.  Sounds like I’m not the only person to get on the bandwagon!

Its amazing how quickly the videos from Conference become available.  Yesterday I mentioned this talk by Elder Holland and it is already up on youtube.  It is an instant classic and touched on many topics that I’ve been pondering lately.   I also appreciated Elder Holland’s explanation of the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard- something I’ve always wondered about.

This talk by Elder Scott was also very moving.  So touching how he thanks his wife who has passed on for her continual inspiration.

I would also like to say a public thank you to the recently released presiding bishopric and relief society presidency.  Bishop Burton has served as presiding bishop since 1995.  Sister Beck has been in either the Young Women’s presidency or Relief Society presidency since 2002.  I’m grateful for their service.

I am particularly sorry to see Sister Barbara Thompson getting released.  As a single member I always looked forward to her talks and perspective.  She is also a terrific speaker and her talks have helped me in many ways.

Well, one more session to go!