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

Musician, Writer, and Mormon Fundi, Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer Whether your memoir ever gets published isn't finally the point. There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with getting published. Whatever we call the form–autobiography, memoir, personal history, Family history–writing about one's life is a powerful human need.Writers are the custodians of memory, and…

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)…

Pt 30-33: My Mexico LeBaron Family: Bipolar Issues and Incest

Pt 30: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Mental Illness My parents in 1964 with 13 of their 14 children "A mother's love for her childis like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things, and crushes down remorselesslyall that stands in its path."Agatha Christie Mother once confided in…

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

Hangdog-faced Pedo-plyg Alex Joseph with his 12-year-old child bride---part of his harem [1] "I was once the world's greatest polygamist and I got cut out by Alex Joseph. He is smarter than I am. He's got more wives than I have ... He's in the herb business ... Ginseng ..."Ross Wesley LeBaron [2] I left…

Pt 34-G: The Mexico-LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?”

Incest-Polygamist/Pedo-Plyg Ross Wesley LeBaron, Jr. with wife Diana Leany [1] Cousin Owen LeBaron, and (?) "POLYGAMY:  Paid for primarily by your tax dollars!"Rebecca Kimbel "Religions are the smelters and founders of imagination. The more any religion’s imagination—Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim [Mormon], Buddhist—is shaped in an isolated bubble, or in a dark cave, the more its…

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…

“Pt 34-E: The Mexico-LeBarons: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?”

My great-great-grandfather Benjamin Franklin Johnson/BFJ, Mormon Pioneer, Patriarch, and Prophet Joseph Smith's Power of Attorney "And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the sceptre of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his…

Pt 34-D: The Mexico LeBarons and Their Messianic Missions

Benjamin F. Johnson, Joseph Smith's brother-in-law, confidant, and early Mormon pioneer “One cannot change what one refuses to look at. Understanding their point of view, their position, and how they got that way is a beginning.”REBECCA KIMBEL My uncle Joel Franklin LeBaron wasn't much different from his father Alma Dayer who, before him, claimed to…

Pt 34-C: The Mexico-LeBarons: Their Messianic Missions

Pt 34-C: The Mexico-LeBarons: Their Messianic Missions (1) Joseph Smith, Benjamin F Johnson, Alma Dayer LeBaron, and Joel Franklin LeBaron “Fundamentalist ideologies can be thought of as mental parasites. A parasite does not usually kill the host it inhabits, as it is critically dependent on it for survival. Instead, it feeds off it and changes…

Pt 34-B: The Mexico-LeBarons and Their Messianic Missions”

Mormon pioneer and polygamist Benjamin F. Johnson, Dayer LeBaron's grandfather, my great-great-grandfather, “A wise person once said that people see what they want to see. That seems to be especially true in religion! Many of them just can't resist trying to shine brighter than the rest, even if the lights aren't even on. Live and…

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

Pt 34: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Hearing Voices The young and the old of my dear 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 held…

Pt 33: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer and Family 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: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness

Pt 32: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, the Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness Pt 32: My Mama 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…

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

Pt 31-D: My Mama 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…

Pt 31-C: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, the Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness

    Pt 31-C: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, the Mexico-LeBarons, and Mental Illness My maternal Grandpa, Alma Dayer LeBaron   "He did the wrong thing for the right reason." Stephany Spencer-LeBaron Repeating what was said in previous blogs, both my mother and Grandmother Maud LeBaron believed the cause of mental illness in their immediate family was…

Pt 31-B: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Mental Illness

Pt 31-B: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Mental Illness 1920: passport photo of Dayer and Maud LeBaron with their first six out of 13 children they would eventually have "As you work on your memoir, write with fidelity to your own experience while knowing that memory is fallible. Write with respect…

Pt 21-29: More Memories of My Parents Esther LeBaron and Floyd Spencer

~ Pt 21: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade“Civilization is social ordersupporting cultural creativity.”Will DurantTaking 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 took on…

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 19: N-Z: Mexico-LeBaron Mormon Cults, Me, and The Perils of Polygamy

*NOTE: I've edited and rewritten parts of the 26-blog "Part 19" series. I have presently broken this rewritten and reposted series into two different parts consisting of 13 blogs each. ("Part 19: A--M" was recently posted.) This blog, "Part 19: N--Z," is the second half of the 26-blog series "Part 19: A--Z." (Also, I've individually posted each blog in this…

Pt 19: A-M: Mexico-LeBaron Mom, Pop, Me, and the Perils of Polygamy

NOTE:  I've renamed and reposted today's blog, "Part 19: A-Z -- Mom, Pop, Me, and the Perils of Polygamy," because I've rewritten segments of it. Today's post consists of "Pt 19: A-M" -- to be followed next week by "Pt. 19: N-Z."  These 26 memoir blogs in my "Part 19" series exist as individual posts also.  ~The following posts are largely…

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…

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,…

Pt 22: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade

 Pt 22: Ma Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade   As you work on your memoir,tell your story true, artfully and with courage,writing with fidelity to your own experiencewhile knowing that memory is fallible.Tracy Seeley.My Ruby Slippers, Repeating what was said in "Pt 21: Ma Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade, "I'm not proud of…

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: A-J: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade

Pt 20-A: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy-On-The-Down-Low Tom Weston said you can tell God created people in his own image because he hates all the same people, coincidentally, that you do. (The Christian far-right) I left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On the Down-Low, Part 19-Z" remarking on a trip…

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

Pt 20-J: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade People see what they want to see, believe what they want to believe;  It's impossible to reason with an irrational person.   Stephany Spencer I left off in "Pt 20-I: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on Parade" saying in the cult I came from, a Mormon fundamentalist man usually…

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-H: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy Parasites

  Listen on YouTube to my Aunt Irene (Kunz-LeBaron) Spencer's half-sister, my aunt-in-law Rebecca Kunz Kimbel's outstanding interview of Author Ed Kociela who wrote two excellent books I recommend: "Plygs," and "Plygs 2."* Till we learn from past mistakes, we're bound to repeat them and pass them on to our progeny ad infinitum in the form…

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 20-F: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on-the-down-low

Pt 20-F: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy on-the-down-low Notes from a Chat Site: "Narcissists make me melt down and cry like a child. It is a remarkable trick Narcissists pull. They are petty and acquisitive -- and have no scruples. They value themselves by how much they can steal from someone else through cunning, manipulation, or simply believing they are…

Pt 20-E: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

"You have to have standards, no matter how low!" Anne Lamott Picking up from the previous blog, "Part 20-D: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low:" Previously I said William Preston Tucker/ AKA: Bill, the 26-year-old polygamist I was pawned off on, was commonly two-faced. It was too important for him to be liked. And in order to be…

Pt 20-D: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

    Law 27 "People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a clause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform. Ask them to make…

Pt 1-9: My Father Floyd O. Spencer, Fundamentalist 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…

Pt 20-C: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

Pt 20-C: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low   Advice on How to Handle Overt/ Covert Narcissists: Saying "I do not consent" won't work with narcissists: They don't care about boundaries. They will keep coming at you. Look up "grey rock," quietly let authorities know of the toxic person, and, so you are taken seriously, allude…

Pt 20-B: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

Pt 20-B: Ma, Pa, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low My parents Esther LeBaron-McDonald and Floyd Otto Spencer  "To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." Maya Angelou  I left off with "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On The Down-Low -- Part 20-A." Let's now backtrack a few blogs…

Pt 19: A-Z, Mexico-LeBaron Mormon Cults, Mom, Pop, Me, and the Perils of Polygamy

NOTE:  I've renamed and reposted today's blog, "Part 19: A-Z -- Mom, Pop, Me, and the Perils of Polygamy," because I've rewritten segments of it. Today's post consists of "Pt 19: A-M" -- to be followed next week by "Pt. 19: N-Z."  These 26 memoir blogs in my "Part 19" series exist as individual posts also.  ~The following posts are largely…

Pt 19-Z: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

My Memoir: Part 19-Z, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On The Down-Low   Women Beware: Philanderers are Opportunists ... Big Pretenders. They will tell anybody anything they want to hear. How can you tell if they're lying? Their lips are moving. If a person will break a marriage contract, he or she will break…

Pt 19-Y: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

Part 19-Y, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- and Polygamy On The Down-Low A Reflection:   Is God then so ignorant of things, so unacquainted with the human heart that He has to find out about a man by testing him? Of course not. It is in order that a person may find out about himself. There are…

Short Creek/ Colorado City, Arizona-Utah: “They Changed the Name of Our Hometown”

Sing your song, Dance your dance, Tell your tale. ---Frank McCourt,  Modern-day Dickens, Author of best-selling classics: Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man They Changed the Name of Our Hometown* 1— They changed the name of our hometown the other day, But in the hearts of some Short Creek will always stay; The cliffs so high, the…

Pt 19-X: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

  Part 19-X -- Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low  Online Chat Notes Denote NPD: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Said one woman, "You know, it's so funny: I used to think my Ex was the most kind, loving, good-hearted man I ever met. I used to think he was such a treasure and that I didn't deserve him. When…

Pt 19-W: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

Part 19-W, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low William Preston Tucker and Stephen Silver People don't see what they don't want to see till they want to see. Stephany Spencer Taking up where we left off in, "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low, Part 19-V": Being an adolescent nineteen year…

Pt 19-V: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

  Part 19-V, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better." Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird" I left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low, Part 19-U"…

Pt 19-U: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Polygamy On-The-Down-Low

Part 19-U -- Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And Polygamy On-The-Down-Low Left to right:  Me, hubby Billy, 1st wife "Overlord" Marilyn, 2nd wife Lolita--both  wearing makeup; not I. 'Twas against our religion. "A memoir is your perception of your experience of your involvement in a particular situation in your life. It is not your sister’s, it…

Pt 19-T: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon 

Part 19-T, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon  "The sharing of stories broadens our outlook on life. People identify with and draw strength from reading about the struggles of others. Readers can ‘try on’ the life of the character/s in the story and see how they would have felt and reacted without…

Pt 19-S: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon 

  Part 19-S, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon “And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love” ― William Blake I left off in "My Memoir: Part 19-R, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon," saying: It hurt SO…

Pt 19-R: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon

My Memoirs: Part 19-R, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy: My Honeymoon "We all come from the past, and children ought to know what it was that went into their making." Russell Baker I had never traveled much past my own backyard, especially once we moved, when I was fourteen, to Chihuahua, Mexico,…

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

Part 19-Q -- Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy   Could This be Bill with his first two wives, "horny toads" in a menage a trois? Sex, drugs, 'n' "rock 'n' roll" -- Rock on! "The truth told with love and consideration is the key. An honest account of what you experienced is…

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…

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…

My 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-M: Esther LeBaron Spencer, me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-M: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy "To handle your self, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. George Bernard Shaw Taking up where we left off in"My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-L": Bill's second wife, Lolita, played mouthpiece for "the family" when,…

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-J: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-J: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." H.G. Wells Taking up where we left off in my last blog, "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-I":  My husband William Preston Tucker/ Bill Had…

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-H: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-H: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy "History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind." Edward Gibbon I left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-G" relating how I had come to realize people did not just…

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

My Memoir, Part 19-F: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy   "Leadership is not wielding authority – It's empowering people." Becky Brodin I left off in "My Memoir: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-E" on the following note: I Now know my mother's brother, Ervil LeBaron, was a psychopath and sociopath…

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

My Memoir, Part 19-E: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer --  And More Perils of Polygamy   "An important question for leaders: 'Am I building people, or building my dream and using people to do it?' " John Maxwell I left off in "My Memoir Backstory: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy -- Part 19-D" saying: The secretly arranged…

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…

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

PART 1 My Memoir: My Mama, Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer My Maternal Grandparents: Maud Lucinda McDonald & Alma Dayer LeBaron “Mother! For love of thee it was begun; In thy most honored name today ’tis done. And though all earthly cares must cease In that fair land of everlasting peace, Love aye is one,…

DAVID M.’S LIFE STORY: (Anna LeBaron’s Half-Brother) The story you are about to read is true.

Caveat … The story you are about to read is true and I never killed anyone unless it was a justifiable homicide. Fulano's Blog Search Guest Blog: David Marston's Life Story (A Brother of Anna LeBaron)   Posted on November 7, 2010 Caveat…The story you are about to read is true and I never killed…

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 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 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 Memoir Poem: 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…

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…

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 Memoir and Poem: Bright Childhood a Gift

"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 was leaving, he died from a burst appendix. Up until then, he had been one of…