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The Right Kind of Wrinkles

The other day I was at a restaurant with my friends. I was making a comment about how I look angry when I relax my eyebrows completely, so I find myself in the habit of always having my eyebrows half-raised so that I look friendlier to everyone around me. My friend laughed and said, “You’d better watch out or you’ll get wrinkles!”

That is the warning from society today, “Watch out! You’ll get wrinkles!” When I searched ‘smile lines’ on Google, it came up with pages and pages of links to Botox surgery and anti-aging cream. Everything online was about getting rid of or avoiding smile lines and wrinkles. Never once did I see a post that said, “Embrace and enjoy them.” But something that I saw online once a while back has stuck out more in my mind than all of the ads for Botox and plastic surgery I’ve ever seen on Google. It was a Facebook post of a newly engaged couple’s picture. The girl was young and beautiful. You would’ve thought she was one of the Botox consumers by the look of her porcelain, flawless skin. But in the picture she was genuinely laughing with her fiancé, and slight lines formed at the corners of her mouth. You could tell it wasn’t the first time this guy had made her smile. The caption read, “I'm starting to get smile wrinkles. Worth it.” Isn’t it worth it? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing with our lives? Laughing, playing, and loving so hard that our joy is creased into our faces?

So what are people afraid of? What should people be avoiding? I would say you should be avoiding the wrinkles that come from furrowing your brow at a disobedient child, from frowning in anger at an imperfect spouse, or from stressing over your bills and the unimportant things in life; but don’t miss out on the joys of life to preserve your youthful look.

I’ll never forget a boy I met in junior high who had deep wrinkles at the corners of his eyes at only the age of 14 because he never stopped smiling at people in the hallways or laughing hard at good jokes. No one ridiculed his wrinkles, but rather found them charming. People looked forward to those wrinkles every day. Would you really give up laughing with your spouse, working outside with your children, or brightening someone’s day with a friendly eyebrow raise merely to preserve your tight skin? I can promise that people will notice a glowing smile over a small crease.

Forget the Botox and the anti-aging cream. I propose a new kind of beauty; a kind of beauty that doesn’t try to trap people in the past, but embraces the past, relishes the present, and looks toward the future. Don’t fear aging. People will forget your wrinkles, but they will always remember the moments that made them. I hope you grow into a withered, tanned, calloused, wrinkly old person. I hope you can wear your wrinkles like a memoir of your life’s journey and that for every wrinkle you flaunt, I hope you can say, “I earned that!”

(By: Liana Tan, BYUradio Segment Producer for "The Matt Townsend Show")

"Poetry is Truth in its Sunday Clothes"


“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” – Joseph Roux

I’m always embarrassed to tell people that I write poetry. I’m afraid they’ll lump me into a category of people that wear thick-rimmed glasses without lenses, lament over complicated ex-relationships, expand their vocabularies exponentially in order to confound the barista taking their order (no sugar, no cream), and insist that nobody—no, nobody—will ever understand their souls. That is, in my mind, a stereotypical poet. Inaccurate, as so many stereotypes are, but I think it’s stuck in today’s society.

When people aren’t rolling their eyes at their idea of modern poets, they seem to think they are being scarred by the ancient everlasting epic poems they were forced to read and over-analyze in sophomore English, terrified of nature descriptions using more than four-syllable words to paint the trees fall colors, and nauseous at the idea of one more love poem relating hearts to flowers.

And all of this is really too bad, because poetry is incredible. Weirdness in poetry comes when the poet wants the reader to come away thinking something mysterious and wild about the poet, aka underground coffeshop girl with the fake glasses and big vocabulary. Greatness in poetry comes when the poet has some crazy idea, and just has to get it down on paper. Greatness in poetry comes when the poet notices something, and writes it down as some sort of tribute to the universe. Example: Thanks, Moab, for that crazy lightning storm last weekend. Just so you know, I appreciated it. Even if no one else did. Greatness in poetry comes when the poet touches on an eternal truth that the reader was waiting patiently to tap into. As Gustave Flaubert said, “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.”

The stereotypes and over-analysis need to be shut away in a kitchen cupboard somewhere far away, so we can gallantly describe the universe in peace.

So I’ll say it: I’m a poet. And it’s noble, okay? I’m not a very good poet, and most of my poems lie in unfinished bunches on my hard drive, but I am making a solid attempt to put the right words on paper. And there’s nothing wrong with that. And I think more people should try it. Just because poetry’s hard doesn’t mean it’s scary or bad.  


(By: Emma Hancock, BYUradio Segment Producer for "Top of Mind")


Changes Coming to BYU Radio

We have some exciting changes coming up here at BYU Radio!

Beginning Monday, February 9th, we’ll have some slight alterations to our schedule as the Matt Townsend Show moves to mornings with an expanded broadcast time – Monday through Friday, 9-Noon ET/ 7-10am MT.

Also starting Monday, we debut a brand new daily show: “Top of Mind, with Julie Rose” – a current events and interview program that airs Monday through Friday, 5-7pm ET/3-5pm MT. Social, cultural and scientific topics will be featured each show with a  constant focus on “How can this knowledge improve our understanding of the world?”

Here is what the basic daily (Monday through Saturday) line-up for programming on BYU Radio will be starting February 9th: 

2am ET/12MT – This’ll Take a While (Repeat)

3am ET/1MT – The Kim Power Stilson Show (Repeat)

4 am ET/2MT  – The Tantara Hour (Repeat)

5 am ET/3MT – Highway 89 (Repeat)

6 am ET/ 4MT  – Notes from the Kennedy Center / The Wheatley Forum

7 am ET/ 5MT  – Top of Mind with Julie Rose (Repeat)

9 am ET/7MT  The Matt Townsend Show

Noon ET/ 10MT– BYU Sports Nation

1pm ET/11MT Traveling with Eric Dowdle

2pm ET/12 MT – The Apple Seed

3 pm ET/ 1MT The Kim Power Stilson Show

4 pm ET/ 2MT This’ll Take a While

5 pm ET/ 3MT  Top of Mind with Julie Rose

7 pm ET/5MT  – BYU Sports Nation (Repeat)

8 pm ET/6MT The Tantara Hour

9 pm ET/7MT Thinking Aloud

10 pm ET/8MT – Highway 89

11 pm ET/9 MT – The Apple Seed (Repeat)

12 am ET/10MT– Through the Garage Door

1am ET/11MT – Traveling with Eric Dowdle (Repeat)

Remember, you can listen to us on both iOS and Android platforms with our BYU Radio app, as well as live streaming on www.byuradio.org, and of course, on SiriusXM Channel 143!

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