Below is another short story that I wrote at age 13. I was impressed that my story seemed solid and could possibly be published as a young children's short story book. I just added a few descriptive adjectives and adverbs and updated names of the characters. I would like to dedicate this story as an … Continue reading Five Little Wishes For Scruffy
“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
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
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
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!
As a result of the clean up and out of my parents items in their home for up to 61 years, to prepare for its sale, I made a specific promise/decision to myself and my children. That decision: not to leave my family with such a task when I go home to be with Our … Continue reading Family Matters…
I set mom's address/phone book aside about two months ago when we first started cleaning out our parents home of 60 years. She had always kept her cookbooks, hotpads, and address book in a drawer under her wall oven in the kitchen which was in close proximity to their wall phone and kitchen table. That's … Continue reading Mom’s Address Book
While going through my home office closet, I rediscovered my maternal grandmother's (Loretta Alice Lathrop Ford) suitcase that literally fell apart in my hands. Years ago I had removed the small pictures and stored them in one of my photo boxes with her name on it. But, left inside this dilapidated suitcase were still two … Continue reading Keep, Toss, Donate, Pass On?
I based many of my 18 posts written in 2020 (to date) on these globally unique times of extreme stressors, severe disappointments, and immense sadnesses. I, for one, will gladly embrace 2021 with anxious yet apprehensive hope for our world's future, and trust the rest to God. A positive sign that life goes on and … Continue reading A Harbinger of Better Days to Come!
During this month of September 2020, a few of us "Boling/Dickinson's" have been going daily to our parents home of 60 years to declutter it and to let go of family treasures before readying the property to go on the market. This task was definitely not our usual fall cleanup. Following our recent losses and … Continue reading 2020–A Tough Year and Formidable Fall Cleanup
Dads give children a safe place to grow, protected from the winds and sheltered from the rains. Only when it’s time to teach the lesson of living does a good dad consent to let go. Dad started his fatherly journey extremely young (when his mother abandoned her husband and three children when dad was just … Continue reading For Our Dad, with Love
Frank Burton Boling, age 91; five generation family patriarch; a 60-year-resident of the Berkshire Community within District Heights-Forestville, MD, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Calvert Health Medical Center, Calvert County, MD. Frank’s wife of 72 years, Norma Florence Ford Boling, age 90, preceded him in death on March 16, 2018. Frank was … Continue reading Obituary: Frank Burton Boling: 12/07/1928-08/22/2020
Suffragists in front of the White House in 1917.Credit...Library of Congress The first White House picketers were suffragists. Through a world war and a flu pandemic, they held up signs with slogans like, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” “They wanted to be the first thing the president saw every morning and the … Continue reading “A Century of Suffrage: The New York Times – August 18, 2020
So far, 2020 has been the year of all years--one of a kind without equal for most of us! Beginning in December 2019, in Wuhan, China, a new coronavirus began appearing. It was named Covid-19, a shortened form of “coronavirus disease of 2019.” No one on earth has an immunity to it because no one … Continue reading 2020–A Year Without Equal for Most!
For days I have had writer's block. I just feel overwhelmed by the clutter of the chaos that abounds our world socially and economically due to the coronavirus pandemic and probably need time to clear my head and emotions. I also feel like I am missing huge opportunities to record my raw reactions during this … Continue reading History Will Remember When The World Stopped
8. What are some of your indelible memories about World War II and the decade known as "The Fighting Forties" [Note: According to the weather records, it was a mild Sunday in Washington, D.C., on December 7, 1941. The temperatures were in the 40's] It was my BIG 13th birthday--the day I officially became a … Continue reading An Intimate Interview With My Dad – Part 4
Today, the United States Senate voted (for only for the third time in our country's history), to acquit its 45th President of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. While I'm not here to discuss party lines or political behaviors by either, both, or all parties participating in these events over the immediate … Continue reading On This Historic Day: From My Heart to Yours
This week's message at church was the last in a series called "The Kingdom," and today's sermon focused on "Kingdom Living." Our pastor of nearly 30 years, Robert Hahn, told us how he came to our church and to his calling as a minister right here in Calvert County, MD, in 1987, as a visitor … Continue reading Are You Committed to a Cause Greater Than Yourself?
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