How old was Juliet?

The answer to the title's question is NOT QUITE FOURTEEN. Juliet was two weeks shy of her fourteenth birthday. However, because of Shakespeare's play, people assume that most women were in their mid-teens when they married during the renaissance. My husband has shown, after decades of research, using mostly primary documents, that the typical age of marriage for women in the renaissance was twenty-five or twenty-six. Men of the time were around age twenty-seven at marriage.Likewise, many … [Read more...]

Our Little Village: In Tragedy and in Joy

I was doing garden work when two of my children ran up to me, panting. “Somebody got hit by a car!” my daughter managed.I inhaled sharply. My immediate reaction was to be sure my own children were safe. At these unthinkable moments, our deepest fear is that it was OUR child who was hurt. … [Read more...]

Christmas Church in China

“Do you actually believe in GOD? Do you PRAY to him? Do you think he lives in the clouds?” These were the chants of my parents’ students in Shandong, China upon learning that Mom and Dad were Christians. The questions mocked–as though the askers had been collectively coached in how to deride religion. But outside the classroom, the questions and the tones changed. The year was 1980, just a decade after the Cultural Revolution. Mom and Dad, accompanied by my baby sister (Carol), were teachin … [Read more...]

By Popular Request–Me in Multiple Personalities

I shared this only with those who requested it for a few days, but am now letting everyone in.Click here if your Christmas isn't quite creepy enough. … [Read more...]

One of the Best Talks I’ve Ever Heard

This talk was given by Kristen Blair, my niece, on Sunday, December 14th, 2014.Quintessential Truth: MetanoeoI could never put my mission experience into words. It means everything to me. But the closest I can come to describing the miracle I experienced is by talking about what I would call the quintessential representative of my mission: movement, which is another word for repentance. I never really applied the word “quintessential” until I served a mission. The concept, sure, I un … [Read more...]

Black Pioneers–for my brothers and sisters in Africa

Here are the photos of Jane Manning James and her husband, Isaac. Though the two were divorced, Jane welcomed Isaac back into her home during the last year of his life and cared for him until he died. His funeral was held at her home.I am told that today, November 23, 2014, President Dieter Uchtdorf spoke of Jane Manning James in a conference which was broadcast to church memberrs in Africa. Some have asked that I share a few more stories about Black LDS pioneers. I am happy to comply. … [Read more...]

The Great Beatles Birthday Party (A Quiz)

My husband, Bruce, turned sixty-four yesterday. Quiz question #1: Why would we do a big Beatles-themed party for someone turning 64?These were the table decorations. Identify the item, the song it refers to, and which album it's on:Album?Which song? How many of the truffles can you name? Whose sweet tooth did this song refer to?Why did we have a "flaming pie" rather than the traditional birthday cake?How many items on this birthday spread can you connect to … [Read more...]


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