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
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
The video below was created and posted on Facebook on November 5, 2019, by my son-in-law to commemorate the 97th anniversary of his dad's birthday (William Lyle McDaniel III). Brian's dad left our world on February 13, 2006, but he also ingrained his values and love of family on him and others whose lives they … Continue reading A Son’s Love of His Father
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”
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
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
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!
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!
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?
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