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…
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.”
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
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!
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
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…♬
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”
Young Love, Young Marriages Mom was 15-1/2 months older than my dad. They married when they were 17 and 18. I was born when my mom was 19--seven months shy of her 20th birthday. My parents had three children. And, I was 11 years older than my first brother and 16 years older than my … Continue reading A “Christmas In Spring” Recollection
Before I "turned off the lights" and "closed my office door" on my professional career in marketing and communications for the last time, I sat down and wrote a generic thanks and goodbye to my many colleagues and friends at the U.S. Census where I had worked for 32 years. And, the following is the … Continue reading Moments (1980-2011): A Personal Career Anthology
It's been nearly two months since I last sat down to write--a very long hiatus for me. Simply put, life interrupted! Daily routines became passé. God's plan and purpose redirected me from my to-do lists and preferences to His. In keeping with His timeline and focusing on His perspectives on my life in this season, … Continue reading Life Interrupted
It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing on Friday, March 16, 2018, of my mother, Norma Florence (nee Ford) Boling at her home of nearly 60 years in Forestville, MD. She was 90 years, 6 months, and 3 weeks old and courageously fought a long battle with Alzheimer's and heart-disease-related conditions. … Continue reading Norma Florence (Ford) Boling: 22 Aug 1927 – 16 Mar 2018, Age 90
The year was 1981. The day was Friday, December 4. I had just finished a visit with Sister Kathleen, who was the director for the religious education program that prepared 7th-grade children for their sacrament of confirmation into the Catholic religion at Mount Calvary Church and School in Forestville, MD. The backstory goes something like … Continue reading Sit’n on the Porch to Make a Stand
The Bolings are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 5th, and the family will gather with them this weekend to honor this rare event in the world's history of lifelong marriages. The couple decided at ages 14 and 15 when they first met that they were going to get married someday and now, 75 … Continue reading 75 Years Later – Couple Avows Their Love and Commitment
It’s been very cold outside these last few days of 2017. Like many others, I have been staying inside and browsing my favorite sites on the web. For example, one of the several groups I belong to on Facebook is called “I grew up in Forestville.” It has about 1,500 members. And many memories posted … Continue reading I Grew Up In Forestville, MD
I dedicate this post to Chesapeake Church's Executive Pastor Ann Edwards. I wish I could credit meditation and deep contemplation for it. But in fact, it was this weekend's very poignant message "Isn't It Time I Stop Wasting My Life," delivered by Ann Edwards at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, that inspired me to spread the … Continue reading “So Much Wasted Time”
"Come sit a spell, take your shoes off... While working extensively on my genealogy and blog sites over the past two weeks I had an epiphany--If I were asked to describe my life and times growing up what would I say or write? Immediately, it came to me: Mayberry and its mostly good family, friends, … Continue reading Nostalgia – There Will Never Be Another Mayberry!
Amidst the agony and pain of observing my parents increasingly debilitating aging process, we also have experienced a sprinkling of moments that remind us of better days when all their faculties were present and they were high functioning adults who volunteered and thrived within their family, friends, and social circles. I remember my dad, Frank … Continue reading YOLO–Carpe Diem, Folks!
Our eldest son moved his family from Maryland to Lynchburg in Virginia's Southern Piedmont Valley about 12 years ago to allow his sons to attend Christian colleges there. He knew little of the area's history but found a home and a job just outside Bedford County and the City of Lynchburg. As it turns out, … Continue reading They Migrated From Maryland to Virginia – Just 300 Years Apart
https://youtu.be/hoErSahTa00 This video of a cute little live "Ratatouille" rat. It brings back memories of what was supposed to be a funny joke and a memorable family story. Well, it was memorable, but not because it was funny. There we were, a close-knit family--the patriarch, the matriarch, their three children, and all nine of their grandchildren. … Continue reading A House, A Mouse, And Antics of a Grandchild
In December 2010 after a fall on the sidewalk and a hit to her head and face, doctors ordered a CT (computerized tomography), scan of mom's brain. This CT scan was the first confirmation that mom had mild Alzheimer's disease. This was also about the time that mom had driven herself to church (just three … Continue reading She’s Still Mom–Even With Alzheimer’s