For days I have had writer's block. I just feel overwhelmed by the clutter of the chaos that abounds our world socially and economically due to the coronavirus pandemic and probably need time to clear my head and emotions. I also feel like I am missing huge opportunities to record my raw reactions during this … Continue reading History Will Remember When The World Stopped
How often have you stepped back to look from the outside-in to remember all those perfect times in your life? Was it that expensive video game that Santa brought you? Your first kiss, graduation day, that great job you landed, your wedding day, the birth of your children? A lot of firsts and yet all … Continue reading How’s Your Standard For Living?
8. What are some of your indelible memories about World War II and the decade known as "The Fighting Forties" [Note: According to the weather records, it was a mild Sunday in Washington, D.C., on December 7, 1941. The temperatures were in the 40's] It was my BIG 13th birthday--the day I officially became a … Continue reading An Intimate Interview With My Dad – Part 4
9. What do you remember about the births of your children? Joanne was born in the Old Sibley Hospital on North Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, DC on the first Sunday in January. The temperature was about 41 degrees. She was born about one month premature. Dr. Bacon made a home visit and drove Norma, her … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 5
Today, the United States Senate voted (for only for the third time in our country's history), to acquit its 45th President of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. While I'm not here to discuss party lines or political behaviors by either, both, or all parties participating in these events over the immediate … Continue reading On This Historic Day: From My Heart to Yours
This week's message at church was the last in a series called "The Kingdom," and today's sermon focused on "Kingdom Living." Our pastor of nearly 30 years, Robert Hahn, told us how he came to our church and to his calling as a minister right here in Calvert County, MD, in 1987, as a visitor … Continue reading Are You Committed to a Cause Greater Than Yourself?
Our family just got a little larger... We adopted a baby girl. Her name is Cinder Ella. She came to us with a heartbreaking backstory. Cinder Ella's mom was just a young girl when she was molested and impregnated by an unknown male. Whomever she was staying with in turn dropped her off at a … Continue reading Yes, at our Age, We Adopted
As many of you know, I am the 11th great-granddaughter of John Rolfe and Pocahontas through my paternal lineage from my Boling family and that I have been researching and writing about Pocahontas and the Rolfes in my blogs for about ten years. In fact, the Heacham researcher (mentioned in the following article published by … Continue reading Pocahontas Heacham mulberry tree DNA test ‘inconclusive’
This post begins Part 3 of a series of interviews with my dad. If you have not yet read the first two interviews that cover Questions 1-3, you may want to start first with them. Question 4 . Would you consider yourself more curious, more explorer, or more adventurer? “I always wanted to know what … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 3
Dad and I spend several days a week together--mostly tending to his daily needs, but often just sitting at the kitchen table (like he and mom used to do), while he eats, drinks, or reads his morning newspaper and then we meander on into the living room so he can raise his legs up in … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 1
I hope you are following this series of interviews that I conducted with dad. If you have not yet read the first interview that begins with Question 1, I suggest you read it before moving forward. Question 2. What did you love to do in junior high school? "When I was 13 and 14, I … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 2
Our 27-year-old grandson, Andy, is a dedicated and hardworking young man who works two jobs to pay for his recent home purchase. His parents raised him to be God-loving and to have compassion, humility, and integrity in all things. Andy, like all my grandchildren never cease to amaze me in their daily lives and stories … Continue reading Short on Compassion and Humility?
The video below was created and posted on Facebook on November 5, 2019, by my son-in-law to commemorate the 97th anniversary of his dad's birthday (William Lyle McDaniel III). Brian's dad left our world on February 13, 2006, but he also ingrained his values and love of family on him and others whose lives they … Continue reading A Son’s Love of His Father
My paternal grandfather, (Jesse Burton Boling: 1902-1978), was more or less a loner and lived much of his adult life with his children in their homes. As a boy he was raised on a farm in Fredericksburg next to the Chancellorsville Battlefield. There, he helped his family with their crops and chores--hence, his second grade … Continue reading “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
In earlier posts about my parents, Frank and Norma Boling, I mentioned that they met when they were in their mid-teens shortly after dad's 33-year-old estranged mom passed away in March 1944. But, I neglected to say where they were when they first met. You see, schools were on break for the summer and families … Continue reading 75 Years; Three Generations, Blue Collar Tradespersons
My eldest niece is 34-years-old. She is a very caring and loving person, yet finds it difficult to openly share her innermost thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. However, she is a natural lover of all animals and works with them as a vet tech. She'll tell you that animals are her therapy. Something about her immediate … Continue reading For The Love Of A Bird
IN MY OWN WORDS Role models in today's complex, angry, and stress-filled world are too few and far between. That's why I was exhilarated when our eldest grandson took time to so eloquently acknowledge one of his--Eli Manning--quarterback of the NFL's New York Giants Football Team for the previous 16 years! While grandson's words said … Continue reading Manning Up; A True Role Model
History of Jeanette’s Pier PHOTOGRAPH BY NC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES Originally built in 1939, Jennette's is the oldest fishing pier on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Battered by storms and rebuilt many times throughout its 80-year life, Jennette's was knocked down by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, just after the pier and its five-acre … Continue reading FAMILY TRADITIONS AT HISTORIC JEANNETTE’S PIER, NAGS HEAD
I recently asked family members to contribute articles about ther lives-- past and present,-- so we could compare lifestyles, belief systems and cultures to those of our ancestors. They have been somewhat slow in responding to my request. However, some of them freely share their thoughts and values on social media. So, when our son-in-law … Continue reading Life Is Peachy!
BACKGROUND I have dedicated more than half of my life to genealogy and researching my family's ancestors and history. I also dedicated nearly as much time as a Census Bureau employee during four of its 23 censuses (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010), primarily in the communications areas where we shared the history and day-to-day activities with … Continue reading “Between the rails” by: Jennica Bayne