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, my uncle Floren McDonald LeBaron — the last of the Mexico-LeBarons…

My Music Performance on Songmakers CD: “Tune Town”

      I joined Songmakers organization in 1987. Music has always been an important part of my life. A multi-instrumentalist, the following link is a fun recording of the cut I made in 2004 accompanied by Vic Brandriff and Steve Durfee on a Songmakers' CD: "Tune Town:"   To learn more about the wonderful Songmakers organization, its…

Review of Verlan LeBaron and Esther LeBaron Spencer’s “The LeBaron Story”

  "The LeBaron Story" is truly a "Vanity Book" -- not only because my uncle Verlan LeBaron paid a publishing company in 1981 (back when self-publishing was not the norm) to publish the book -- but also because it's a revisionistic, apologetic, and biased history of "the Mexico LeBarons;" i.e., my grandparents Maud and Dayer LeBaron and their offspring. What's more,…

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…

My Poem: 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…

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

  California Writers Club Anniversary Anthology   Ode to The California Writers Club: The California Writers Club is our oyster,  And we writers the pearls being 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 has been our oyster ranch,  And we…

My 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…

My 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. That said, the book is still in the public libraries, et…

My 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…

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

      NOTE: The following essay is my Book 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: In the past year, I've read once and listened three times, so far, to…

My Review of Cousin Anna LeBaron’s “The Polygamist’s Daughter”

By Stephany Spencer: My Book Review of cousin Anna LeBaron’s Memoir: “The Polygamist’s Daughter” Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., I was honored with a complimentary ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of cousin Anna LeBaron’s bravely written book, “The Polygamist’s Daughter,” published March 21, 2017. I was disappointed Anna didn't tell more about her miscreant father, "Evil…

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…

My Review of Charlotte LeBaron’s “Maud’s Story”

In 2017 I bought and read, on Kindle, "Maud's Story," a 2013 self-published "Vanity Press" book written by my Aunt Charlotte LeBaron (My Uncle Verlan LeBaron's first wife).  It's a short biography of Maud Lucinda McDonald LeBaron. that consists mostly of a published collection of letters supposedly written by her* -- and some run-together, often hard-to-decipher paragraphs/vignettes "in…

My 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.…

My 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 Homage to Detective Sam Brower, Author of “Prophet’s Prey:” A Chronology of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS, and Shortcreek/ 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…

My Aunt-in-law Producer Rebecca Kimbel

   In today's blog, I am featuring my amazing Aunt: Rebecca Kimbel. I highly recommend listening to her YouTube interviews, among other things. To make it easier to get to know a little about her, I copied and pasted some of her online information. But you may find more information at her website, RebeccaKimbel.com, and on her…

Welcome to My Photoblog Site!

Welcome to My Photoblog Site!     Hi! I am Stephany Spencer, poet, lyricist, memoirist-- a professional Jackalyn-of-many-trades. Welcome to my own little corner of the world-wide-web!  As we speak, my Website I started June of 2016 continues to grow and develop along with my continuing to develop the skills of being a Webmaster and first-time…