Birthday Thoughts

On June 7, I turned sixty-one.  My two best friends, Jackie Selck Clegg and Elizabeth (Buffy) Cannon Wright, both died in their forties, Jackie of cancer and Buffy in a car crash. My aunt Carolyn also died in her forties.  A heart attack took her.  Two of my husband's sisters died at age forty-five, one of cancer and one of multiple sclerosis.  I look back over the twenty years which I got and they did not and contemplate what that time has meant.  I did write some important books, but others are … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 7

“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms 2:9) I did not learn of the bulldozing of the LDS chapel at Dale's finca until a decade after it had happened.  Because I had agreed to teach full time at BYU-Hawaii (I usually teach part-time at BYU-Provo), I had an interview by a general authority.  After a few minutes, we both learned that we had something in common--our association with Dale at different points in his lif … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 6

Blessed be the name of my God, for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me, or else where is thy glory, for it is darkness unto me? And I can judge between thee and God; for God said unto me: Worship God, for him only shalt thou serve. (Moses 1:15) The basics were revealed.  Dale was living a double life, and had persuaded himself that his illicit relationship with another woman was justifiable because she would replace his wife, who, he was convinced (and had told her) … [Read more...]

Resilience: The Bobby Blair Story, Part 4

This is the concluding part of my interview with my indomitable brother, Robert Groberg Blair.  I recommend the entire interview (all four parts total less than an hour) for anyone who is facing loss. … [Read more...]

Resilience: The Bobby Blair Story, Part 3

The last segment of my interview with my brother, Robert Groberg Blair, lasted twenty-five minutes, so I decided to divide it into two episodes.Here is Part 3 of the series, to be followed by the concluding segment. Thank you, Bobby, for this wonderful interview.  Your insights and your life inspire me! … [Read more...]

Resilience: The Bobby Blair Story, Part 2

I posted this on Facebook but neglected to put it on my blog.In this interview, Bobby talks about finally accepting a different future than what he had planned and how he came to be at peace with a changed future. … [Read more...]

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 5

1 John 2:16 - For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.I am a living testimony to the fact that God loves even stupid people. I probably deserved to be kidnapped and killed the day I made that trip. But since I’m here writing this, I stand as a witness of God’s mercy.In Momostenango, a leader of a BYU group had urged his students to steer clear of me, as I was likely a bad influence. … [Read more...]