I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…


No one knows when or under what circumstance we will breathe our last breath, for we live on earth (if we are truly Christian) under God’s plan for us.  That’s why it is so important to let those here we love know just how much. Not just through gifts or words (which also can be … Continue reading I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…

Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?


Most often, I write about the past and how we can learn from it to change the future.  But this weekend’s message at church so tore at my heart and shook my brain, and yes, so derides any logic, that I am compelled to ponder focusing on the now and how we, all God’s children, … Continue reading Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?

My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825


Continuing on through my genetic genealogy timeline, my DNA has been found to match with 1,000+ 4th cousins or closer relatives who now live as far north as Vermont, span southward down the eastern coastline into Georgia, and inland to the now midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,  Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.  We also can … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825

My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775


"When the ships have for the last time weighed their anchors in England, the real misery begins with the long voyage. For from there the ships, unless they have good wind, must often sail eight, nine, ten or twelve weeks before they reach Philadelphia...But during the voyage there is on board these ships terrible misery, … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775

My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750


As in my earlier post that covers my DNA timeline from 1700-1725 and my ancestors' migration from  England, Wales, Northwestern Europe, Germanic Europe, Ireland,  Scotland, and Norway,  much of what I am about to share with you, I gleaned from my DNA Story as provided to me by Ancestry.com.    More of my posts will … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750

My Genetic Genealogy – 1700-1725


Much of what I am about to share with you, I gleaned from my DNA Story as provided to me by Ancestry.com.    Part 1 covers my DNA timeline from 1700-1725.  More posts will cover the remaining timeline that spans to 1925. Eighty-six percent of my DNA-matched ancestry originated in England, Wales, Northwestern Europe, Ireland, … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy – 1700-1725

“What’s In A Name…”


Very popular among first names chosen for today's millennials are variations of the name Kyle; i.e., Kayla, Kylie, Kylan, and obviously, Kyle.  It just so happens that branches of my family were among the first to receive the name Kyle, but as a family surname. The "Kyle" surname is of Scottish and Northern Irish origin … Continue reading “What’s In A Name…”

Close Proximities of My Family’s Deaths and Births


As the population of the world is increasing, overall the birth rate is exceeding the death rate, but one does not affect the other as a "rate".  Yet, I have repeatedly observed in my family's deaths and births examples that births occur within a year or less of each family member's death.  From my longstanding genealogical … Continue reading Close Proximities of My Family’s Deaths and Births

Tree of Life


Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff


As I sit here today, eight years last week since my first blog post, I am reflecting back across 366 stories that I wrote about "stuff".  And, this past weekend at church the message to parishioners was about "stuff."It strikes me that I had initially so very little information about my ancestors beyond my maternal … Continue reading Ancestors, Life, and Other Stuff

The Last Christmas Tree


As we sat in church this morning, our Pastor preceded his message for this weekend with a prayer for the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seems that yesterday--Saturday, October 27, 2018--their congregation became victims of a shooting rampage that left this close-knit historic Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, along with … Continue reading The Last Christmas Tree

History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves


The 2018 United States elections will be held mostly on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump's first term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested.  But, … Continue reading History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves

In the Midst of Hurricane Season


The 2018 Hurricane Season began on June 1 and continues through November 30. To encourage storm preparedness, the Census Bureau compiled American Community Survey data showing that 54.3 percent of residents had an emergency water supply; 82 percent had enough nonperishable food to sustain the household's occupants for 3 days; 51.5 percent of American homes have an emergency evacuation kit; and 18.3 percent of single-family … Continue reading In the Midst of Hurricane Season

“Love, me.”


Please excuse me once more.  Our family remains in that mourning season of life. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  Dad asked his children to take him to mom's gravesite in honor of what would have been her 91st birthday and their nearly 76 years together.  We took flowers, mostly purple--mom's favorite … Continue reading “Love, me.”

NO TURNING BACK


A Captivating TitleA captivating post title is often hard to nail down so I routinely refer to other sources for inspiration and ideas.  This morning was a little different--an apt title leapt out at me while I was in church.  The image appeared on a 300" HDTV that had a viewing area of 146" x 260."  … Continue reading NO TURNING BACK

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told!


So, if you read "America's Post-WWII Baby Boom" post, you have the background about my baby boomer generation and the lives and times of the parents who conceived us.  However, absent from that post was the question that I first googled that prompted that article and this one.  My original question posed; "How many baby … Continue reading The Greatest Love Story Ever Told!

America’s Post-WWII Baby Boom


As I sat down this morning to write about a couple of recent funny family  moments involving the history of me and my youngest brother, I happened upon this article written by the Kahn Academy--an online non-profit organization whose mission it is "to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere."  It was such an easy … Continue reading America’s Post-WWII Baby Boom

♬Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.. Here I am at…♬


Camping has always been one of kids favorite activities. Hence, my lifting of the 1964 Alan Shermann song seemed an appropriate fit for this post's title. Earliest records show that girls attended camps as early as 1917 in the Washington-Metropolitan Area. In 1935, the Prince George's County Girl Scout Council was chartered from the Washington, … Continue reading ♬Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.. Here I am at…♬

♬ I Ain’t Afraid of No Goat ♬


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 3.6 million students are expected to graduate from high schools in the United States over the next couple of weeks-- my granddaughter and nephew will be among them.   So I guess it's only natural for me to reminisce back to my high school days where there was only radio, television, … Continue reading ♬ I Ain’t Afraid of No Goat ♬

Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”


Just a few fast facts first: The average house in 1950 sold for $14,000 The average annual income in the ‘50s was just under $3,000 Most women were homemakers and stay-at-home moms Most families were married couples and raised three children In 1950 fewer than 1 in 10 American homes owned a TV set. By … Continue reading Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”