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… 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… 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Blessed be the name of my God, for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me, or else where is thy glory, for it is darkness unto me?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… 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… Read more

Resilience – The Bobby Blair Story (Part 1)

I call him Bobby because Robert is my dad’s name.  This is the most important interview I’ve done.  Bobby was an athlete until age 22, when his pelvis was crushed by a stadium gate.  He turned his losses into a new life, eventually getting a PhD in social work, specializing in studies of resilience.  I think everyone should hear this story.  This is Part 1.   Read more

Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 4

…[B]ut the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV) I am struck by how much I DON’T remember about Chulac and the miracles I saw there.  As I have spoken with others to help me remember without my own filters, I… Read more

Salvador: The Truth behind the Fiction, Part 3

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. (Oliver Cromwell) Daniel Choc was one of Dale  Grover’s most ardent supporters, having lived on the plantation for two years, the beneficiary of Dale’s good work and training.  He had returned to his home in Patzicia when I met him in 1975. He–the same age as the missionaries Dad was training to speak Cakchiquel–became Dad’s main assistant.  Often, Daniel became an angelic voice whispering translations… Read more

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