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
It's been over a month since I last posted--an unusually long time for me to step away from family history and happenings. If you read my September 19th post, you will recall that I wrote about recent "Tumultuous, Terrific, Tragic, and Treasured Times . . ." Life still is going on, often out of my … Continue reading Ob La Di, Ob La Da . . . Life Goes On!
The word "tumultuous" best describes my personal little world over these past 30 or so days. I know my family's events pale in comparison to the tragic and horrific events precipitated mostly by mean-spirited, greedy, and angry people of our world at large. To maintain my sanity and not be overwhelmed or sickened inside by these … Continue reading Tumultuous, Terrific, Tragic, and Treasured Times . . .
The Month for Lovers Continues... My niece, Caitlyn Boling (daughter of my brother John Arthur and his wife Joyce), and her new husband Anthony Rubio, honored my parents' (Frank and Norma Boling) 70 years of marriage together (2/5/1946) at their wedding this past Sunday, February 21, with an Anniversary Dance especially for them. As some … Continue reading And, together they danced…
The picture below is just one of several taken at our home in Capitol Heights, Maryland. It was a New Year's Eve Party hosted by my parents Frank and Norma Boling on Thursday, December 31, 1953. (And, in less than a week, I would turn 7 years old.) Among their guests were close knit family and … Continue reading Let him have his memories…
Who's On Your Guest List? How many times in life have you been asked; "If you could invite anyone dead or alive to dinner, who would be your quests?" And sometimes this question has a follow-up or two: "Why?" And, "What would you say to them?" My Honored Guest List: I would first invite Jesus Christ … Continue reading Thanksgiving Invites–Anyone Dead or Alive
My dad's name is Frank. I wonder from whom/where his name came? One such theory comes from the Merovingian dynasty where "Frankish" kings ruled a frequently fluctuating area in parts of present-day France and Germany from the 5th to the 8th century AD. They were sometimes called the "long-haired kings" by contemporaries, for their leaders' … Continue reading Historically and Genetically Speaking, I Guess I’m Naturally Frank