My Cousins Declare America’s Independence


Many Americans take for granted our annual July 4th Independence Day.  While working in my genealogical databases, I came across the name of John A. Hancock, a familiar name from America's history.  I decided to compare our family's John Hancock (my second cousin, seven times removed), to the list of 56 signers of the Declaration of … Continue reading My Cousins Declare America’s Independence

Bless Their Little(?) Hearts


This post was originally published on December 28, 2021, and received 19 views at the get-go but lacked the podcast listening option which required me to republish. Sorry for any inconvenience. Know that the original content remains unchanged. In the Old Testament's book of Genesis, Noah was the tenth and last of the biblical patriarchs. … Continue reading Bless Their Little(?) Hearts

Together We Make A Family–Let’s Celebrate!


This post is a follow-up to my somewhat somber December 5 post; "Our Friends, Family, Feelings, and Future". After reflecting on my pre-holiday frustrations, preparations, and in general, the chaos in the world today including the COVID pandemic's social distancing and isolations, my key takeaway remains the importance of my family to me and how … Continue reading Together We Make A Family–Let’s Celebrate!

I Age Not By Years, But By Stories


As some of you may be aware, I reached another of life's milestones on Wednesday, January 5. To those who posted warm sentiments for a happy birthday, I only can say "thank you," and express to you how much I always enjoy hearing from you. Moving forward, the ever-turning wheels in my head raised my … Continue reading I Age Not By Years, But By Stories

Our Friends, Family, Feelings, and 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 Our Friends, Family, Feelings, and Future

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated


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, like many others my age, can still describe precisely where I was when … Continue reading President John F. Kennedy is assassinated

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated


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, like many others my age, can still describe precisely where I was when … Continue reading President John F. Kennedy is assassinated

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

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

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!

A Harbinger of Better Days to Come!


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!

“A Century of Suffrage: The New York Times – August 18, 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

2020–A Year Without Equal for Most!


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!

History Will Remember When The World Stopped


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

On This Historic Day: From My Heart to Yours


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

A Son’s Love of His Father


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

Hakuna Matata (No Worries)


Now septuagenarians, Bob and I just exited the Flagship Premium Cinemas--the same movie theatre location in Prince Frederick, Md, where we took our four grandchildren, one niece, and one nephew (ages 2-9) a mere 25 years ago to see the original June 24, 1994 release of "The Lion King," animated movie.  The day was Saturday, … Continue reading Hakuna Matata (No Worries)

As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”


99 Years Ago Today on July 20, 1920:  Alice Mary Robertson (1854-1931) elected by Americans as 2nd  Congresswoman in the United States Nationality:  American BORN:  Oklahoma Territory PARTY:  Republican Americans recently have been inundated with the viral discord between the Executive Office and the freshman "squad," of congresswomen, (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib) all … Continue reading As President Theodore Roosevelt stated: “[She’s]one of the great women of America”