Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition?

Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition I was pleasantly surprised today when visiting the Internet to see a 1970 TV clipping--in full color--through my computer screen of a portion of a Bob Hope TV Special celebrating the 4th of July.  (Note that my computer screen is bigger than our first few black and white TV's--which by … Continue reading Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition?

The Family “Do You Know” Scale

Yesterday's post Family Stories that Bind Us included a few family questions from Emory University's Do You Know Scale.  Below are all the questions asked within Emory's study. I'm going to try them out on my family and see just how much we have communicated our stories among the generations--and their different spins on the information. … Continue reading The Family “Do You Know” Scale

Family Stories that Bind Us

Often when I have writer's block, I take time out to read what others are writing about or I simply google a theme that I have in mind. And, today, I discovered the "This Life" column that appears monthly in the Sunday Styles Section of the New York Times.   The article "Family Stories that Bind Us," … Continue reading Family Stories that Bind Us

The First Ever Global Family Reunion: Saturday, June 6 2015!

One World. One Family. One Extraordinary Event. YOU ARE INVITED TO THE GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION - COMING JUNE 6, 2015 - To Benefit Alzheimer's I'd like to say that this was my great idea and that I could pull off such a spectacular event (given my former events management life), but I can't take credit for it.  A.J. … Continue reading The First Ever Global Family Reunion: Saturday, June 6 2015!

The History and Demise of Cursive Writing

Cursive, the Secret Language of Adults  Cursive Handwriting - A Centuries-Old Art1   "For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery. The sinuous letters of the cursive alphabet, swirled on countless love letters, credit card slips and banners above elementary school chalk boards are going … Continue reading The History and Demise of Cursive Writing

FORESTVILLE–1700′s to 1900′s

Tucked away in the basement of the Greenbelt Public Library in the old town of Greenbelt on 11 Crescent Avenue, is a single room packed to the brim with historical information within the collections of the Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History. It was here, among the many shelves of old documents, books, maps, newspapers, and … Continue reading FORESTVILLE–1700′s to 1900′s

Flashbacks of the Great Y2K Scare

The Great Y2K Scare The great Y2K scare was spread by scaremongers who thought that the world's computer systems would cease to function on December 31, 1999.  The Y2K problem, aka, "the Millennium bug," "the Y2K bug," or simply "The Year 2000 problem" was both a  digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and storage issue.  The quick and easy fix was to convert … Continue reading Flashbacks of the Great Y2K Scare

Firefighting in Colonial America

Introduction As some of my blog readers may know, my husband, Bob, has been a firefighter for nearly 25 years and his dedication to community goes back as long as I can remember.  Today, he serves as Chief of a local county volunteer fire department.  With so much of his time devoted to and around the … Continue reading Firefighting in Colonial America

Fredericksburg Fireworks: Your Guide to July Fourth

In Remembrance of My Paternal Family's Early Virginia Beginnings: July 3rd, 2014, 8:52 am BY REGINA WEISS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR The Fourth of July is right around the corner, with plenty of food and fireworks to go around. Here are some events to consider: HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN FREDERICKSBURG In its 42nd year, the Heritage Festival will … Continue reading Fredericksburg Fireworks: Your Guide to July Fourth

Bet You Didn’t Know…Independence Day

How does your family celebrate Independence Day? I'd love to hear from you.  Meanwhile, here's another great video clip from my idols at The History Channel:  

Remembering Robert

About Grandsons Grandsons make us Proud. Grandsons listen to Family stories, even when they go on and on. Grandsons Surprise and delight us, and sometimes shock us a little. Grandsons know what's Cool, and they keep us up on it, too. Grandsons make us feel Important and wise. Grandsons add Fun to any occasion. Everybody should be … Continue reading Remembering Robert

Revisiting Lottie’s Cardboard Box of Momentos

Sometimes when searching for one thing you come across something entirely different, but the smell of old relics opens your senses, the aged paper catches your eye, and the written words touch deep into your heart; You're caught in the moment and it causes you to wonder once again what her life must have been … Continue reading Revisiting Lottie’s Cardboard Box of Momentos