Friends, Family, Feelings, and Our Future


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 Friends, Family, Feelings, and Our Future

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated


John and Jackie Kennedy - Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images 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, … Continue reading President John F. Kennedy is assassinated

Family Secrets Are Funny, Aren’t They!


Just when I thought I had it all figured out and had learned as much about my paternal family as I possibly could, today's autumn winds blew in yet a new direction and led me down an unexpected path not before taken. We were returning from our local dog park with our pet "Cinder," when … Continue reading Family Secrets Are Funny, Aren’t They!

Family Ties


After 33 years of searching for my estranged paternal great-grandfather who disappeared without a trace to his wife and family, I was given my answer through a delightful and unexpected Christmas gift in 2013 from a stranger, who we later learned was family. Maynard Nelle Chambers was this gift giver who on a whim and … Continue reading Family Ties

Remembering Our Mount Calvary School and Community – Part 2


My first post in May 2016 about Mt. Calvary School's history and its closing drew much interest and even today continues to do so. Further, the Mt. Calvary Catholic School Alumni-Forestville, MD Facebook page with its 1.5K members remains active on a daily basis since opening on October 23, 2008. Regardless, of where their live … Continue reading Remembering Our Mount Calvary School and Community – Part 2

SLÛ-Bi`


By: R J Dickinson, II Note to readers:  This account of SLÛ-Bi` is only to be read by those who first have read the post entitled “Fast  and Furious on Bee Oak Road” dated May 27, 2021, by author Joanne Dickinson as told to her by my sibling.  My tale that follows is a mere … Continue reading SLÛ-Bi`

Fast and Furious on Bee Oak Road


The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership and character development program for Catholic young men, 10-18 years old. My husband, Bob, was the Chief Counselor in charge of the St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Squires Circle in Forestville, MD. It was late summer 1978, when Bob … Continue reading Fast and Furious on Bee Oak Road

In The Words Of A Young Woman


Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012-15) includes ages 6 to 24-years-old and there are about 2 billion worldwide, and 68 million in the United States, alone. "Gen Zers" want to belong, to feel loved, and to fill their lives with significant and meaningful activities and contributions to help make the world a better … Continue reading In The Words Of A Young Woman

Life, Love, & Peace: New Born On Easter


On Easter Sunday 2021, God showered our outside family gathering of 35 (including 8 of our 9 great grandchildren) with His continued blessings of love, peace, and perfect weather. Hosts Jeff and Penny truly outdid themselves. As usual, there were plenty of scrumptious fruits, vegetables, and desserts; Jeff grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, barbequed chicken, and Megan … Continue reading Life, Love, & Peace: New Born On Easter

When Life Gets In The Way of Living


Keeping in touch with friends and family is so very important to so many of us. Yet, when life gets in the way of living, we don't often keep in touch like we expected we would. I don't know how many times I thought I learned this hard lesson in life. Guess, I was terribly … Continue reading When Life Gets In The Way of Living

What do the Names Wharton and Boling have in Common?


My paternal great-grandmother, Mary Florence "Flossie" Wharton (1878-1928) married my paternal great-grandfather, Edward "Bud" Vincent Bowling (1872-1946), on May 9, 1898, in their home town of Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In my family tree, this is the first union of the Boling and Wharton families. However, 50 years prior to the union of our … Continue reading What do the Names Wharton and Boling have in Common?

Podcasts Available Now on My WordPress Blog


For your convenience, I recently added a podcast feature to my blogsite enabling you to read or listen to my posts. I have been creating stories at joannedi.wordpress.com/ for more than 10 years now, based upon my research into my family's genealogy. The topics cover a vast array of enlightening, informative, and unbridled themes and content intended … Continue reading Podcasts Available Now on My WordPress Blog

Lives, Duties, Levels of Commitment


The beloved Canadian, Alex Trebek, game show host of Jeopardy for 36 years and over 8,200 episodes, succumb to pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020, following his very transparent and valiant effort to stay with us a while longer. I like to think of him as "The Old Guard," who honored, protected, and preserved the integrity of … Continue reading Lives, Duties, Levels of Commitment

Movie Star Descends From Clan of Thieves; Tragedy Was No Stranger


Jan-Michael Vincent, who became nationally recognizable on the 1980s television series “Airwolf,” but whose career later foundered, in part because of problems with drugs and alcohol, died on Feb. 10, 2019, at a hospital near his home in Asheville, NC. He was 74. I always had a teenage crush on him and would watch anything … Continue reading Movie Star Descends From Clan of Thieves; Tragedy Was No Stranger

Meet Amanda Gorman, The Youngest Inaugural Poet In U.S. History


“The Hill We Climb”By: Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate (Age 22)Inauguration Poem, January 20, 2021 "We've braved the belly of the beast, we've learned that quiet isn't always peace. And the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we “knew it, somehow we do … Continue reading Meet Amanda Gorman, The Youngest Inaugural Poet In U.S. History

Home, Sweet, Home


This is an open letter to house-seeking buyers. Real Estate deals are said to be one of life’s most stressful undertakings. Yet, one of Americans’ greatest aspirations is to acquire a house and to take pride in your ownership--it’s like one more step up that ladder to success. In contrast, just as equally or more … Continue reading Home, Sweet, Home

Pocahontas Heacham, England, Mulberry Tree DNA Test ‘Inconclusive’


To my regular followers, you may have been aware that this blog has been keeping up with the ongoing research here in the United States and England to determine through DNA testing whether trees in Jamestown, VA, and Heacham, Norfolk, England, share the same markers. Below is the newest information available, this time from BBC … Continue reading Pocahontas Heacham, England, Mulberry Tree DNA Test ‘Inconclusive’

The Storming of Our United States Capitol Building


Here it is the first week of January 2021--A New Year! Just one day after my 74th birthday! After coming through 2020 alive and reflecting back on an unprecedented all-around terrible year globally--slow responses to the raging COVID-19 global pandemic; public disinformation from supposed leaders, social media, the news media--who do we trust? where is … Continue reading The Storming of Our United States Capitol Building

Happy National Candy Cane Day!


Just when and how candy canes got their start is a bit more uncertain than their popularity today: 1.76 billion candy canes are produced worldwide each year. According to Carly Schildhaus of the National Confectioners Association, “legend has it that the candy cane dates back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in … Continue reading Happy National Candy Cane Day!

Wild Times in “The Wilderness” of Spotsylvania


My paternal great grandfather was Edward "Bud" Vincent Bowling/Boling (1872-1946). He was born in Parker, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. According to the 1880 Census, "Vincent," as he was called at eight years old, lived on a tenant farm with his father Lawrence T. Boling (42), and his mother Sara Elizabeth Bettie Tapp (45), and his sisters … Continue reading Wild Times in “The Wilderness” of Spotsylvania