I Confess — I Was a Mean Older Brother

Sibling Rivalry and the Pecking Order Sibling rivalry is a normal part of family live.  There is a natural pecking order where the older children pick on the younger ones.  Fortunately for me, the first child in our family was my older sister who was very sweet and nice. (Except for a couple times when … Continue reading I Confess — I Was a Mean Older Brother

Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

(Post Script to previous article: "Extreme Spite: Man spent 19 years in a Israeli prison rather than agree to a divorce.") This phrase "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face," means “to do something that is meant to harm someone else, but also harms the person who does it.” The suggested origin of this … Continue reading Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

The Attempted Covert Cancellation of a Temple Marriage

Late one evening in the 1970’s, the Garden Grove Stake President and I were chatting in his office after a meeting.  He shared with me a letter he had received from a less-active non-practicing Latter-day Saint sister.  He also shared his response. (He covered the sister’s name to protect her privacy.)  The letter went like … Continue reading The Attempted Covert Cancellation of a Temple Marriage

I Survived Three Murder Attempts – In Childhood

I have a wonderful older sister. She is one of the kindest, compassionate, and selfless people I know. She has been a great example to me and others. I could not have asked for a better older sibling. Of course, sibling rivalry and the family "pecking order" are both natural and universal in childhood. I … Continue reading I Survived Three Murder Attempts – In Childhood