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-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…

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 history, and venues, click…

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…

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-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…

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…

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…

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…

My Website in Metamorphosis

My Website in Metamorphosis   Hi: It's now October 17, 2018. Since I started this blog June 27, 2016, my Website  continues to metamorph ... to change and develop as I experiment with what speaks to you and me.  I've decided to concentrate on writing my Memoir rather than spend time editing and typing my handwritten poetry,…

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 Essay-Poem: “John Cage and Composing”

The avant-garde composer John Cage said," The material of music is sound and silence. Integrating these is composing." Could we say the material of poetry is also sound and silence -- or syllables and silence? And integrating these is composing -- albeit poetry?  We could, as well, compose music and poems that go together ... compose…

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…

“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."…