Nineteen months after the birth of our first son, Bobby, we welcomed Jeff into the world. Bobby was a happy, contented, and quiet baby. Jeff, by contrast, had a temperament that proved his personality was larger than life. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 21 inches long when he was born in the … Continue reading Forever Young With A Wholesome Heart
On the north shore of the James River, 20 miles west of the Chesapeake Bay, the marshy plains of Mulberry Island rise above the gentle tide. Actually a peninsula bound by the James and Warwick Rivers. Mulberry Island is a picturesque fixture of Virginia’s Tidewater region whose natural beauty is enriched by thousands of years … Continue reading Forgotten Mulberry Island
Founding Father Fables & Folklore I received three gifts from the Ages of Enlightenment (1700-1800) and Reform(1830-1850). My family tree revealed that I am descended from three distinguished founding fathers -- our first, third, and 12th presidents: George Washington (1732-1799) My 6th paternal great-granduncle was Virginia's Robert Bolling IV. His wife, Sally Washington, was the … Continue reading From My Family Tree–
It was Friday, November 26, 2021,My waiting game of 11 days had just begun,I'd like to say those waiting days passed quickly But that was not the way.As the Doc entered the room,He looked at me, then at my charts.He said, "Frank, it's urgent thatWe tend to your erratically beating heart." I seemed to have … Continue reading 80 Days
Marking the Death of John Rolfe - America's First Entrepreneur John Rolfe and Pocahontas Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022, is the 400th anniversary of John Rolfe's death. In his honor, my friend, Christine Dean, a retired College Lecturer, and fellow Pocahontas research enthusiast is planting a new mulberry tree at the Heacham Manor Hotel. Rolfe is … Continue reading Tuesday, March 22, 2022:
Remembering My Ancestors: Pocahontas and Edith White Bolling Wilson... Strong Women and Role Models for Young Girls How many young girls can claim they descend from Pocahontas? I knew little about my ancestors or my relationships with them when I was a girl. But I'm very glad that I made time throughout my adult years … Continue reading Commemorating the 111th Women’s History Month– March 2022
When I was growing up families made Sundays their day of worshipping together and the gathering afterward which culminated in that wonderful Sunday meal prepared for us by grandma, mom, and aunts. Our families helped found the local churches and their children were born and raised in the same churches where other family members had … Continue reading What Is Life Without Change?
The picture shown here is not that of our boys and their uncles, but it reminds me of some of their adventures and escapades. You see, our two sons, Bobby and Jeff were born in 1966 and 1968. My brother, Frank, the eldest uncle was born in 1958 and my younger brother Johnny was born … Continue reading Boyhood Adventures
Let it be known that I excelled in English and writing course assignments despite the English language's ranking as one of the most difficult languages to master. Because of its unpredictable spellings and difficult-to-learn grammar, it challenges native speakers and second language learners, too. The poem below is a prime example: In contrast, language experts … Continue reading Language Isn’t About Being Perfect…It’s About Creating Authentic, Human Connections
Our son-in-law, Brian, turned 50 on January 30, 2022! Our daughter, Jennifer, first introduced Brian to us 31 years ago. Our introduction to Brian's father, Bill, (who happened to be 50 years old when Brian was born), gives way to an amusing story. Jennifer's dad, Bob was on call at Maryland's Forestville Volunteer Fire Department … Continue reading ” FUNNY AND NOT SO FUNNY MOMENTS “
I spent most of today responding to expressions of sympathy and condolences from neighbors, friends, near and distant relatives, and many people that I don't believe I knew, but that my brother, Frank Roy Boling, did. It's amazing how uplifting a few words can be--just to know that others thought much of him, too. Thanks … Continue reading More Memories of My Brother, Frank Roy Boling
Frank Roy Boling, age 63; of Chesapeake Beach, MD; childhood resident of the Berkshire Community within District Heights-Forestville, MD, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis MD. (Frank just learned on December 7, 2021, that he had late stage lung cancer. Three hospitals and 20 doctors later he … Continue reading Obituary: Frank Roy Boling 03/16/1958 – 01/20/2022
This post was originally published on December 28, 2021, and received 19 views at the get-go but lacked the podcast listening option which required me to republish. Sorry for any inconvenience. Know that the original content remains unchanged. In the Old Testament's book of Genesis, Noah was the tenth and last of the biblical patriarchs. … Continue reading Bless Their Little(?) Hearts
This post is a follow-up to my somewhat somber December 5 post; "Our Friends, Family, Feelings, and Future". After reflecting on my pre-holiday frustrations, preparations, and in general, the chaos in the world today including the COVID pandemic's social distancing and isolations, my key takeaway remains the importance of my family to me and how … Continue reading Together We Make A Family–Let’s Celebrate!
It was 10 years ago since the start of back-to-back blizzards left Maryland buried beneath more than 4 feet of snow. Two back-to-back, humongous blizzards rolled through. The first was the biggest. It started on the 5th of February, ended on the 6th, and dumped anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow. Days later, … Continue reading Weathering Life’s Storms
As some of you may be aware, I reached another of life's milestones on Wednesday, January 5. To those who posted warm sentiments for a happy birthday, I only can say "thank you," and express to you how much I always enjoy hearing from you. Moving forward, the ever-turning wheels in my head raised my … Continue reading I Age Not By Years, But By Stories
COVID 19 (Coronavirus) has consumed the media, politics, big pharma, the health industry, and too many facets of our lives for the past three years. I'm not aware of any families who have totally escaped it. Worldometer.info has maintained a living clock dedicated to the global statistics for COVID 19 cases from January 22, 2020, … Continue reading America’s Plaques–Endemic, Epidemic, & Pandemic
By: Joanne Carol Boling Dickinson and Grandson, Robert Joseph Dickinson IIIJune 12, 2021 Below is a short story that I wrote as a writing assignment when I was 13 years old and attending Junior High School. With help from my eldest grandson, Joe, we recently added a few descriptive adjectives and adverbs and updated the … Continue reading If Only I Was Special!
I'm sitting at my computer on a chilly Sunday afternoon feeling rather dispirited in a season where we should rejoice the almighty and gather with family and friends for quality times. Playing in the background as I write, I'm listening to 8 HOURS ✰ Christmas FIREPLACE ✰ ACOUSTIC GUITAR ♫ ☆ Christmas Music Instrumental. With … Continue reading Our Friends, Family, Feelings, and Future
The following article originally published November 24, 2009, by History.com editors unemotionally describes the events of this day 58 years ago when I was just 16 years old. This event remains one of several searing historical memories in my lifetime, that I, like many others my age, can still describe precisely where I was when … Continue reading President John F. Kennedy is assassinated