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...]

We Greet the Golden Morning

Robert Wallace Blair was raised with one sister (Carolyn) and many animals—including this horse, Jupiter, and a dog, Trixy, who would follow the boy on his horse to uncharted territory in Santa Barbara, California.He had a gift for language and a hunger for faith, and united both in his LDS mission to Finland from 1951-1954. Upon his return, he attended the largest marriage academy on earth: Brigham Young University.Julia Gay Groberg was a musician, an actress, and often described as a “ … [Read more...]

And then Martha Stewart Called. . .

My brother, sixteen years my junior, is one of the funniest people I know. It's dry wit, and reminds me of my youngest son's humor. Actually my youngest son is Ben's doppelganger. Take a look at the photo on the side and compare with this one:Ben was once driving through Island Park, which was full of wild flowers, with an uncle of ours, who said, "I'll give you a quarter for every flower you can name." Ben was on it: "Henry, Sam, Melissa, George. . ."That's Ben.When he met … [Read more...]

Blind Man Given Sight

In 1979, I was living with my first husband in Royal Oak, Michigan. I was expecting a child, a girl, and I loved the bigness of my body.I see my daughter now from an entirely different perspective, of course. I see her down the years as my naked newborn; my smiling 2-month-old with hair like wispy dandelion seeds; my three-year-old whose family was breaking up and who didn't want to live so far from her daddy; my four-year-old who wore a white-tiered formal when I married Bruce Young; my … [Read more...]


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