Bullying and Hate Crimes Among Women

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Bullying is a pervasive problem worldwide. From unkindness in families to mass-killings in terror attacks, the power and rage of the adversary have been unleashed on humanity. “…And in those days Satan had great dominion among men, and raged in their hearts; and from thenceforth came wars and bloodshed; and a man’s hand was against his own brother, in administering death, because of secret works, seeking for power.” Pearl of Great Price; Moses 6:15.

In men bullying usually takes the form of physical abuse, but among women and girls it is more likely to be psychological.

We need to be so careful in our interactions that we are not purposefully or inadvertently bullying, injuring or demeaning others by our words and actions. You may find this article is helpful in identifying behaviors that are classified by the author as “girl-on-girl crimes,” 
it seems that sticks and stones may break your bones but that words may indeed hurt you. Take a few minutes to read this and assess your personal safety and that of those you love.


Happy New Year from Maison McMurtry!


On January 8th we greeted our newest family member, grandchild #13, Ender Chaddock, son of Andrew and Annie Chaddock. Ender arrived large and in charge after 9 years of hoping and a long labor @ 10 lbs. 5 oz. (poor Momma). Everyone is happy and healing; he had better be a good son. I am 9 for 9 on bio-grandbabies being born by C-section. Ewww.

If you have the pleasure of welcoming a new arrival, I found these videos to be helpful:

The Secret Language of Babies


How to Calm a Crying Baby in 5 Seconds

The holidays were multi-tiered at McMurtry Manor.

 We were completing a flooring project, welcoming Tim home after his LDS mission which saw him assigned to serve the people of Alabama for 2 years and happily greeting a dozen or so family and friends that came to celebrate with us. Plus it was Christmas. And we needed a trip to California to enjoy the company of the family members who couldn’t make it to Utah, also 2 years ago we promised Tim, when he returned, a trip to the beach he loves.

Now you may have guessed that I love to overdo it at the holidays. So here we are in January and I am promising temperance in my approach to 2016. Like my diet, we’ll see how long that lasts.

Welcome home Tim and good luck in your freshman year at the University of Utah, of course part of his heart is still in Alabama – ROLL TIDE!!!

Tim wearing the hat his brother Bill gave him for Christmas.
BTW It was his first day as a freshman at the University of Utah, how ironic. 

The red decorations were originally purposed to celebrate Tim’s attending the University of Utah but were conveniently still in place to congratulate the Crimson Tide on their national championship.