Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and “Who Got the Button?”

Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron and Lou Gehrig's Disease Maud Lucinda McDonald LeBaron, Joel Franklin LeBaron, and Alma Dayer LeBaron  "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." Cardinal Mermillod Joel Franklin LeBaron -- namesake of his Great-uncle Joel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin Johnson's oldest brother --…

Pt 34-P: Benjamin F. Johnson’s Bro, Joel Johnson: Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

Famous Poet, Pioneer, and Mormon Hymn Writer, my G.G.-Uncle Joel H. Johnson, Brother of BFJ While growing up, Mother talked about her amazing Great-grandfather B.F. Johnson -- amazing not only because he was one of the American West's and Mormondom's early pioneer heroes (he helped forge the last frontier, Utah); but also because he figured…

Pt 34-J: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?

My Grandpa Alma Dayer LeBaron's five youngest sons, "The Mexico-LeBaron Boys:" Left to right: Floren, Alma, Verlan, Joel, and Ervil "Now, I don't go along with either Joel's movement or Verlan's movement or Ervil's; and now there's a Floren, another brothren, and he's trying to start a movement."Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr.(Alma Dayer LeBaron's second-oldest son)…

A Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron, The Last of “The Mexico-LeBarons”

The Last of The LeBarons Floren McDonald LeBaron, "The Last of the Mexico-LeBarons" "THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"(Floren's favorite saying) *I INTERRUPT MY SCHEDULED BLOGS TO BRING YOU THIS BELATED BUT HEARTFELT HEADLINE: On February 17, 2019, two months before his 92nd birthday, Mother's second-youngest full-blooded sibling, Floren McDonald LeBaron — the last of…

Pt 34-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico-LeBarons, and Hearing Voices

Pt 34-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Hearing Voices The young and the old of my Grandpa Dayer LeBaron "There is only one way to bring a child upin the way he should goand that is to travel that way yourself."Abraham Lincoln IF it's true Grandpa Dayer's grandfather B.F. Johnson said he held a…

Pt 33: The Mexico-LeBarons and Familial Incest

My maternal great-grandparents Lucinda Mariah Emmerson and William Wesley McDonald "The heart of the mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."Honore De BalzacP Incest on my maternal grandfather Alma Dayer LeBaron's side definitely contributed to the mental illness prevalent in most of my maternal grandparents' ten children who…

Pt 32: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness

Pt 32: Esther LeBaron Spencer, the Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness "The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surrounded them;their notions of good and evil are the result ofthe moral atmosphere they breathe."Jean Paul Richter We left off last week with this assertion: People should take responsibility for their actions; not project blame…

Pt 31-D: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The-Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness

Pt 31-D: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The-Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness ~Picking up where we left off on "Pt 31-C: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, The- Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness": X--  Another factor leading to mental problems in the Dayer and Maud LeBaron family is: They held much in because they were supposed to be perfect Mormon…

Pt 27: More Memories of My Parents Esther LeBaron and Floyd Spencer

My father and mother standing on their land "the Galeana Springs" Pt 27: More Memories of My Mom Esther LeBaron and Dad Floyd Spencer "One I love with all my heart,Mother, dear, it's you;And I want to make you glad;Yes, indeed, I do!I will help you every day,Smiling as I go,And I'll never make you…

Pt 26: More Memories of My Mom Esther LeBaron Spencer​

Pt 26: More Memories of My Mom Esther LeBaron Spencer My mother Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer at age 21 "You can never go home." Sinclair Lewis Another variable in the equivocation, as to Mom's virginity on her wedding night, is the following (Perhaps I'm throwing a hand grenade into the equation?): When I was about fourteen, Momma told…

Pt 24: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade

Pt 24: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade   Life's HighwayTo everyone their openethA way, ways, and a way;And the high soul takes the high way,The low soul takes the low;While in between on the misty flatsThe rest drift to and fro.But to everyone their openethA high way and low.And everyone decidethThe way his soul…

Pt 21: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade

~ Pt 21: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade “Civilization is social ordersupporting cultural creativity.”Will Durant Taking up from "Pt 20-A-J: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade," it bears restating that one of my Mormon fundamentalist sisters who married so many Misters never ever caught on ... never bothered to catch on how to check out, before she…

Pt 20-I: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade

Pt 20-I: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade My family in 1964 -- one sister absent) Abuse:  “When fear rules, Obedience is the only survival choice." Toni Morrison "God Help the Child" My parents, though trying prodigiously to do what was right, foolishly spawned a bunch of foot-washing fundamentalist children bound by fear and…

Pt 20-G, Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy Parasites

My Memoir: Pt 20-G, Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy Parasites “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: The last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. Viktor Frankel "Man’s Search for Meaning” Continuing where we left off in "Pt 20-F, Ma,…

Pt 1-9: Floyd O. Spencer, Mormon LeBaron Cult Member

PART 1 My Memoir: My Daddy, Floyd Otto Spencer My Daddy, Floyd Otto Spencer, age 19  MY DADDY  My Memoir Backstory “My Daddy” takes up where I left off writing “My Memoir Introduction: I Was Born a “Saint.” After I wrote this blog, I realized I'd put the cart before the horse -- started my Memoir bass-ackwards: I got myself…

Review of Gabriella Owens’ “BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose of Macho Cooking”

 [ BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose on Macho Cooking Owens, Gabriella ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2013Paperback by Gabriella Owens (Author) On Review: Gabriella Owens’ Book, BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose’ of Macho Cooking Dear Readers: I couldn't believe a cookbook could keep me so engrossed I couldn't put it down! Because I hate…

Fred Morrow Plumbing: Super Savings on Sewer Sub-Meters!

Poets for Fred Morrow Plumbing,* And super-savings on Sewer Sub-Meters: (He’s installed hundreds of these meter readers!) First class, first choice Contractor’s corporation — In my humble opinion, Best plumbing Co. in the nation! I hired Fred Morrow So I wouldn’t be sorry tomorrow; Did my homework; So I don't repent in sorrow! On April…

Pt 19-P: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy 

  My Memoir: Part 19-P -- Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  More Perils of Polygamy   “As I sifted through my memories, my life came to me in bits and pieces, often disconnected, just like my dreams. Even normal memory has gaps, but traumatic memory is even more discontinuous. This is my story, which put…

Do You Dig?

Do You Dig? To find enlightenment and succeed in life’s journey toward individuation and edification, we might participate in an inner archaeological dig. Assisting Workshops are found under "Soul-Searching Archaeology," offered free at The College of Life, and Hard Knox University. Do you “dig”? These workshops include a certain kind of digging into our inner…

Pt 19-O: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-O: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy https://youtu.be/TqnyTqH55jw "Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver." Mark A. Clement Taking up where I left off in my blog "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron  McDonald…

Review of “Zelph on the Shelf: Mormons, Ex-Mormons, and Censorship Culture”

I just discovered a most valuable and wonderful Website, "Zelph on the Shelf: Mormons, Ex-Mormons, and Censorship Culture." I read part of it. So very much look forward to reading more when I have time. Although I presently believe we are spiritual beings having a physical experience -- in other words, I am no longer a Social-Scientific-Thinker…

Pt 19-N: Esther LeBaron Spencer, me, and More Perils of Polygamy

  My Memoir, Part 19-N: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy From left to right: My Uncle Ervil M. LeBaron; My father, Floyd Otto Spencer; My mother, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer; and My husband William Preston Tucker/ Bill The Virginity Try as he will, no man breaks wholly loose From his first…

Pt 19-L: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-L: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- More Perils of Polygamy Two of Bill's Mormon French-missionary friends, LDS "Saints" "Dick 'n' Peter" "By their friends, ye shall know them." Biblical Adidge Taking up where we left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy, Part 19-K":  I said in an earlier…

Pt 19-K: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-K: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- and More Perils of Polygamy   "True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders." Warren G. Bennis Taking up where we left off in "My Memoir Backstory: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy, Part…

Pt 19-I: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

  My Memoir, Part 19-I: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy "Man, created in God's image and likeness, is not just flesh and blood. The sexual instinct is not all that he has: Man is also, and preeminently, intelligent and free. And thanks to these powers, he is and must remain superior to the…

Pt 19-D: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-D: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy   "The successful leader is the one who makes the right move at the right moment with the right motive." John Maxwell  Continuing where we left off in "My Memoir Backstory: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-C: Heck! Here I…

Pt 19-C: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-C: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln I left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-B" commenting: In Homer Babbitt's kiss There was no…

Pt 19-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

  My Memoir, Part 19-B: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy   "A wise leader inspires and motivates, rather than intimidating and manipulating." Henry Ford Getting back to my life being hijacked in the name of plural marriage: As I mentioned in my last blog, Mother's brother, Ervil M. LeBaron, was in on…

Review of the California Writers Club Anniversary Anthology, “Cascade of Pearls”

  Ode to The California Writers Club: The California Writers Club is our oyster,  And writers the pearls polished within her. Stephany Spencer  2016   2016 marked the 30th anniversary -- The Pearl Anniversary of The California Writers Club: San Fernando Valley Branch. For thirty years, This club's been our "oyster" ranch,  And we members Pearls growing within her dance, Polishing…

Pt 1–18: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Mormon Polygamist Cults Unmasked

 A Memoir: FLEEING POLYGAMY: Out of LeBaronism into the Lightby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron PART 1:Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer:My Mother:   Image     “Mother! For love of thee it was begun;In thy most honored name today ’tis done.And though all earthly cares must ceaseIn that fair land of everlasting peace,Love aye is one, and they who love…

Review of Scott Anderson’s “The 4 O’Clock Murders”

Investigative Journalist Scott Anderson, Author of The 4 O'clock Murders Scott Anderson's "The 4 O'clock Murders," published in 1993, is a must-read for those interested in a documentary of America's most bizarre but now apparently defunct crime family. The Doc chronicles the history of this extremist cult initiated in the late 1960s by the sociopathic serial…

Review of My Aunt Rena Chynoweth’s “The Blood Covenant”

This Memoir, written around thirty years ago, struck me as the work of an immature apologist and revisionist. Its bias toward Uncle Ervil's cold-hearted cult hangs like a cobweb over the entire tale authored by none other than my Ex-Aunt, the infamous Rena Chynoweth. The book is still in the public libraries, et Al; but…

Review of “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass!

An update of my January 9, 2017 Review of "It's Not About the Sex" My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife:  I don't usually do Book Reviews, for lack of time. But this book was so super, I listened to it straight through, on Audible; then listened to it again two times more -- then…

Review of Ruth Wariner’s Memoir, “The Sound Of Gravel”

NOTE: The following essay is a Review of The Sound of Gravel, a Memoir by Ruth Wariner, a first cousin of mine. ("Wariner" is Ruth's mother's maiden name. My Uncle Joel LeBaron was Ruth's father.) By Stephany Spencer:I've read once, listened thrice to Ruth Wariner's book/audiobook, The Sound of Gravel. It got higher ratings with each…

Memoir Poem: A Letter to My Art Teacher — and Some 6th-8th Grade Artwork

“Civilization is social order supporting cultural creativity.”Will Durant *The picture below elicited the following poem: "A Lyrical-Letter to My Art Teacher." NOTE: I always got an "A" on my art work. But was worried I would end up with a "B" on the picture you see above because I had to erase a number of times…

My Memoir Introduction: I Was Born a “Saint”– a Slave!

INTRODUCTION I was born some time ago,Way out in the sticks,In a valley of old Mexico,In 1946.(So begins my saga.) “I am conscious that my narrativesavers of incredibility:The fault is in the subject,not in the narrator.”~The City of the Saints,By Richard F. Burton,1861*(Quote borrowed from Irving Wallace'soutstanding biography,"The Twenty-Seventh Wife")1961   The Cards of LifeLife dealt…

My song: Thanksgiving Day Medley

Our First Thanksgiving Day: A Thanksgiving Medley Across the Atlantic Ocean, a long time ago Came pilgrims on the Mayflower, a new world to know. Freedom of religion was what they sought; Starvation and illness were problems they fought. But the people worked together, And some friendly Indians taught These pilgrims how to better use…

My poem: “Bio Ballad in Verse, for Better or Worse”

             I'm 12, middle row, 2nd to left Bio Ballad in Verse -- for Better or WorseI was born some time ago,Way out in the sticks,In Mexico’s Rocky Mountain Range,The year 1946;Was raised in a Mormon Fundy cult,Where renegade,Self-righteous hicksBelieved it sinfulWith “the world,” to mix.Like the egotistical foolWho'd seldom been…

My Review of Ester Shifren’s “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks”

'* Note: The following is a book review I did of an acquaintance's book,"Hiding in a Cave of Trunks." Unfortunately, when I copied and pasted my review, as usual, it didn't turn out looking nearly as nice as it looks on Goodreads.com, but it will do.  Read  My book review of Esther Shifren’s “Hiding in…

Review of Luna Lindsey’s “Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control”

 (*NOTE: My Review doesn't look as nice as it looks on Amazon.com, from whence I copied and pasted it after I wrote it there. But at least I was able to post it here, for better or for worse. ~Also, below this Book Review is an essay I used by permission of a blogger friend, Bruce Holt.…

Original Quotes, Notes, ‘n’ Anecdotes on Writing ‘n’ Creativity

Stephany Spencer, age 20, taken off guard Hi! I am Stephany Spencer, Poet, Lyricist, Memoirist, and Musician -- a professional Jackalin-of-many-trades. And a retired teacher on her endless summer. Welcome to my own little corner of the world-wide-web!  As we speak, my fledgling Website continues to grow as I continue to develop the skills of a Webmaster, Blogger, and Photoblogger.…

I Entered the World Foot First: My Rebirthing Experience

    In 1986, I learned it was possible to be hypnotized and taken back to the moment I was born. Being a curious person, I hired a female therapist who specialized in doing “Rebirthings.” Through her hypnosis session, she guided me back to the moment of my birth! That's when I became certain about…

Tony Robbin Tips: Emote the Emotion

"Emote the Emotion" Emote the emotion, Over-and-over, You want to feel, Says Tony Robbins, "Modern Guru Pill." You can change your "emotion," By changing your "motion." You're at the wheel. In other words:Change physiology,Change unwanted emotions --It's a done deal!  Stand tall and proud When you're afraid,Whistle a tune that'll aid;Turn your frown upside downWhen you're feeling…

Famous ‘n’ Infamous Relatives

http://www.anamelessnobleman.com/HTMLs/ApthcryGnrl.html "We all come from the past, and children ought to know what it was that went into their making." Russell Baker The following book by Diana Spencer's brother, Charles Spencer, the ninth Earl of England, chronicles the story of his Royal family. It may be of interest to Spencer families and anyone related to…

My Poem: “Advice for Creatives”

DARE  To dare present your creative works to the world And see your artistic creations unfurled, You must start by daring: Daring to fail And daring to do well, Or fail to dare do anything well; Daring to fail is part of daring to do well. Buoyed when Author Steven Pressfield Encouraged creative works, My creativity now no…

My Poem: Lovely Lively Lizards

Lovely Lively Lizards I detest supporting lazy "lizards" -- Leeches, losers, and welfare abusers: Socialism can be Welfare for users. So, lazy-daisy loafing "lizards," Penniless-paupers, down-and-out dizzards, Get off your rump, use your gizzard, And from the welfare rolls be scissored! My new slogan is herein delivered: "Be part of the solution, Not the pollution…

Homage to Detective Sam Brower, Author of “Prophet’s Prey:” A Chronology of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS, and Short Creek/Colorado City

The Book "Prophet's Prey," was authored by outstanding LDS Mormon Leader, Activist, Detective and Private Investigator Sam Brower. It is among the best books written on life within Mormon fundamentalist clans and enclaves. A film by the same title, "Prophet's Prey," opened in theaters on September 18th, 2017. It's based on Brower's chronicle of Warren Jeffs…

Memoir: I won and I Lost … Or How More Is Less

(NOTE: Not Hurricane High School: But this photo is the best depiction I could find of how I recall Hurricane High back when I attended 6th-8th grades there, between 1957--1960.) A Memoir Story by Beulah Stephany Spencer-LeBaron It was the 1959–1960 school year in small-town Hurricane, Utah. And everybody in my eighth-grade English class hated…

My Poem: “In Mexico, Down Past the Rio Grande”

Picnicking in the Canyons above Colonia LeBaron, Chihuahua, Mexico In Mexico, Down Past the Rio Grande by Stephany Spencer Song Version:1— In Mexico, down past the Rio Grande,I buried my diaries in the desert sand;Now they lie lost in a foreign land --Lost in LeBaron when I fled the clan.Lost my poetry in the desert’s…

My First Blog

My First Blog Beulah Stephany Spencer-LeBaron, 2015, age 69 7/2016          Hi!  I'm Stephany Spencer/AKA Beulah Spencer-LeBaron de Tucker. Welcome to my own little corner of the World-Wide Web -- My "Virtual" piece of valuable Internet Real Estate!  Yes, I being "Creative Aboard," say welcome aboard!  And please feel free to click around and…

When William P. Tucker Dies,  His Baby and I Are Left to Die by Cult Members, My Sister, And Bill’s Best Buddy Stephen Silver

 28-year-old Bill Tucker and 18-year-old Beulah Stephany Spencer-LeBaron de Tucker with our Six-month-old baby Asenath Marie "Where there's a will, there's a way." William James In July 1967, three months after my/our husband, William Preston Tucker/AKA: Bill Tucker (I say "our" husband because I was one of Bill's three wives), announced to the "church" he…

“Painted Spring:” Take-off from Spanish Traditional Song “De Colores”

A Lesson Too Late In The Learning: Write It or Regret It Recently, at the California Writers Club, a fellow poet and guest speaker, Deborah Edler Brown, advised: "At the moment of inspiration, record it. Don't wait! For it's like babies lost you can never retrieve if you don't record your inspiration when it comes."…