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…

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 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.…

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."…