Bio Ballad of a Cult Survivor: My Bio in Verse, for Better or Worse

Circa 1956: My family (I'm 2nd from left, middle row) Bio Ballad of a Cult Survivor:My Bio in Verse, for Better or Worse(by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron) 1-  I was born some time agoWay out in the sticksIn a Mormon cult in Mexico In nineteen forty-sixBy the time I was elevenWe were a family of twelveFor everything…

Memoir: My Hypnotic-Regression “Rebirthing” Session: Nascency in Mexico Down Past the Rio Grande

My Hypnotic-Regression "Rebirthing" Session In 1986, I learned it was possible to be hypnotized and taken back to the moment I was born. Being a curious person undergoing personal growth, self-discovery, and healing, I hired an excellent psychotherapist who specialized in doing psychological “Rebirthings.” Through my hypnotic-regression session, this therapist guided me back to the…

Poem: Comical Comedians, Madigan and Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan Madigan and Gaffigan   By Stephany Spencer-LeBaron What a brilliant comedian is Jim Gaffigan He makes me laugh then laugh again His moniker is “Mr. Universe"He's earned this title in action and verseHe's a regular dynamo running in reverse! Most stand-up comics lewdly gesture and curseTheir work is loaded with smut and worse Trying to…

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

Picnicking in the Canyons above Colonia LeBaron, Galeana, 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…

“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."…

Bio Ballad in Verse, for Better or Worse

             Circa 1958: 11 of my parents' ultimately 14 children(I'm age 12, middle row, 2nd to left) Bio Ballad in Verse for Better or Worseby Stephany Spencer-LeBaronI was born some time agoAway out in the sticksIn Mexico’s Rocky Mountain RangeIn 1946Was raised in a Mormon cultWhere self-righteous hicksThought it sinfulWith…

William P. Tucker’s Baby and Wife Left to Die by Cult, Sister, & Bill’s 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…

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…

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…

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-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…

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…

Pretty City Chic: A Bit o’ Bio in Verse

Stephany Spencer-LeBaron, age 38  Pretty City Chic Dearest friends and fans,Please note: This tongue-in-cheek song I wrote  Is half-finished so I don't gloat,But pray my poem won’t get your goat; It's late -- blog's due “mañana;” Check the song later on ... uh ... You'll find it's been “re-wrote”... "Needs work" is my last quote. But please enjoy…

Notes, Quotes, Jokes; Pokes, ‘n’ Anecdotes

Bimbo Weeps:  I'm sittin' alone in the moonlight, At the Heartbreak Hotel Café, Abandoned by women and men; And here's all I have to say: “I’ll never eat garlic nor onions again -- Not till my dying day --They've driven my possible friends away, Kept romance and intimacy at bay!"By Stephany Spencer BIG LOVE Bimbo…

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.…

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…

Ponderin’ and Wonderin’: A Conversation with Self

Ponderin' and Wonderin': A Conversion with Self At seventy-one, I'm hung upon my ladder's last rung, With its many steps, And the protruding doornails of a door half hung, Wonderin' what more in life I could've won,  And why still try to do something BIG before I'm done? Shouldn't I presently Commit to having fun? Cease…

Cast Your Worries to the Wind

Cast Your Worries to the windby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron My Uncle Joel LeBaron's favorite maxim"Cast your worries to the windLet the rain settle them"Was keen wisdom"To yourself be kind"He'd often remind"Leave negatives behindWind blows them awayDuring your daily grindRain settles all in time"Dump the big boulderDon't let it smolderToss over your shoulderThings you can't shoulderKeep lessons learned The insights…

Ode to Chava Chavarin and the Tres Camarones Team

Tres Camarones/Three Shrimp Dr. Luis Alberto Urrea’s audiobook Into the Beautiful North inspired the following lyrics: Ode to Chava Chavarin*and the Tres Camarones Teamby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron Hey!What's in a name?I can't say;but the moniker“Chava Chavarin”rings in my brain today,though I completedthe novel yesterday.Like music in rain,This sonorous name motivated my muse to pen poems for play!So…

Poem: “Advice for Creatives”

"Part of the reason that people don’t become enlightened is because it’s punctuated by intermittent catastrophes."WordToTheWise Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."An axiom DARE, DEAR CREATIVES, DARE!by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."Creatives can onlypresent works to the world... see their originations unfurled,if they dare---dare to fail, in order to dare do…

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…

Original Sayings and Short Poems: From My Pen to Yours

~ Original Sayings 'n' Short Poems From My Pen to Yours @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ I Think Mice Are Very Nice I think mice are very nice. Some people say they have lice, And leave mouse tracks in their rice. With pet mice that's quite rare, So therefore I declare, I still think mice are very nice! Stephany Spencer (My…

Essay-Poem: “John Cage and Composing”

Avant-garde composer John Cage said: "The material of music is sound and silence. Integrating these is composing." We could say:The material of poetryis sound and silence;  syllables and silence. Integrating these is composing --albeit poetry.  We could compose music and poems that go together; i.e., compose songs: Songs are poems--lyrics set to music. Now I morph into a poem that…