An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 1


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

An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 2


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

Short on Compassion and Humility?


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?

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”


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”

75 Years; Three Generations, Blue Collar Tradespersons


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

For The Love Of A Bird


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

Manning Up; A True Role Model


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

FAMILY TRADITIONS AT HISTORIC JEANNETTE’S PIER, NAGS HEAD


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

Life Is Peachy!


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!

“Between the rails” by: Jennica Bayne


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

Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!


The article that follows is a true story as told to me by son as we reminisced back 31 years and now can laugh about it: It was the Summer of 1988.  The weather ranged in the mid-80s to lower 90s.   I was 20, my Uncle John was five years older than me, and only … Continue reading Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!

As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”


99 Years Ago Today on July 20, 1920:  Alice Mary Robertson (1854-1931) elected by Americans as 2nd  Congresswoman in the United States Nationality:  American BORN:  Oklahoma Territory PARTY:  Republican Americans recently have been inundated with the viral discord between the Executive Office and the freshman "squad," of congresswomen, (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib) all … Continue reading As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”

Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?


Persnickety Mannerisms? My answer would most definitely have to be a big resounding "YES!" To this day, the thermostat needs to be kept on 78 degrees because the gas company advised that this is the most economical setting--despite how much water and sweat is flowing from guests foreheads and armpits; keep all doors and windows … Continue reading Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?

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…

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…”

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