Obituary: Frank Roy Boling 03/16/1958 – 01/20/2022


Frank Roy Boling, age 63; of Chesapeake Beach, MD; childhood resident of the Berkshire Community within District Heights-Forestville, MD, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis MD.  (Frank just learned on December 7, 2021, that he had late stage lung cancer. Three hospitals and 20 doctors later he … Continue reading Obituary: Frank Roy Boling 03/16/1958 – 01/20/2022

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!

Weathering Life’s Storms


It was 10 years ago since the start of back-to-back blizzards left Maryland buried beneath more than 4 feet of snow. Two back-to-back, humongous blizzards rolled through. The first was the biggest. It started on the 5th of February, ended on the 6th, and dumped anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow. Days later, … Continue reading Weathering Life’s Storms

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

America’s Plaques–Endemic, Epidemic, & Pandemic


COVID 19 (Coronavirus) has consumed the media, politics, big pharma, the health industry, and too many facets of our lives for the past three years. I'm not aware of any families who have totally escaped it. Worldometer.info has maintained a living clock dedicated to the global statistics for COVID 19 cases from January 22, 2020, … Continue reading America’s Plaques–Endemic, Epidemic, & Pandemic

If Only I Was Special!


By: Joanne Carol Boling Dickinson and Grandson, Robert Joseph Dickinson IIIJune 12, 2021 Below is a short story that I wrote as a writing assignment when I was 13 years old and attending Junior High School. With help from my eldest grandson, Joe, we recently added a few descriptive adjectives and adverbs and updated the … Continue reading If Only I Was Special!

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

Family Ties


After 33 years of searching for my estranged paternal great-grandfather who disappeared without a trace to his wife and family, I was given my answer through a delightful and unexpected Christmas gift in 2013 from a stranger, who we later learned was family. Maynard Nelle Chambers was this gift giver who on a whim and … Continue reading Family Ties

Remembering Our Mount Calvary School and Community – Part 2


My first post in May 2016 about Mt. Calvary School's history and its closing drew much interest and even today continues to do so. Further, the Mt. Calvary Catholic School Alumni-Forestville, MD Facebook page with its 1.5K members remains active on a daily basis since opening on October 23, 2008. Regardless, of where their live … Continue reading Remembering Our Mount Calvary School and Community – Part 2

Fast and Furious on Bee Oak Road


The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership and character development program for Catholic young men, 10-18 years old. My husband, Bob, was the Chief Counselor in charge of the St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Squires Circle in Forestville, MD. It was late summer 1978, when Bob … Continue reading Fast and Furious on Bee Oak Road

Genetic Code from 5,700 Year-old ‘Chewing Gum’ Reveals Extraordinary Details of Young Danish Woman


The following article was excerpted intact from GoodNewsNetwork gnn@goodnewsnetwork.org By Andy Corbley (Good News Network) and Theis Jensen / University of Copenhagen - Apr 4, 2021 A 5,700 year-old lump of pitch from a tree provided intriguing details to archaeologists about the intimate details of a Stone Age Danish woman—and the ‘chewing gum’ sheds new light on … Continue reading Genetic Code from 5,700 Year-old ‘Chewing Gum’ Reveals Extraordinary Details of Young Danish Woman

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

What do the Names Wharton and Boling have in Common?


My paternal great-grandmother, Mary Florence "Flossie" Wharton (1878-1928) married my paternal great-grandfather, Edward "Bud" Vincent Bowling (1872-1946), on May 9, 1898, in their home town of Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In my family tree, this is the first union of the Boling and Wharton families. However, 50 years prior to the union of our … Continue reading What do the Names Wharton and Boling have in Common?

In The Wee Hours Of The Morning


Listen to on Spotify Last night was one of those nights when I had a restful sleep which is becoming more and more rare to me.  Most times I suffer from a racing mind that refuses to shut down or restless legs and arms syndrome that compels me to get up and do something--anything--except just … Continue reading In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

Podcasts Available Now on My WordPress Blog


For your convenience, I recently added a podcast feature to my blogsite enabling you to read or listen to my posts. I have been creating stories at joannedi.wordpress.com/ for more than 10 years now, based upon my research into my family's genealogy. The topics cover a vast array of enlightening, informative, and unbridled themes and content intended … Continue reading Podcasts Available Now on My WordPress Blog

Lives, Duties, Levels of Commitment


The beloved Canadian, Alex Trebek, game show host of Jeopardy for 36 years and over 8,200 episodes, succumb to pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020, following his very transparent and valiant effort to stay with us a while longer. I like to think of him as "The Old Guard," who honored, protected, and preserved the integrity of … Continue reading Lives, Duties, Levels of Commitment

In My Younger Years


I seldom write about myself, but the past few days I have been going through a few old plastic tubs where I store some keepsakes from my childhood. Inside this tub was now a very discolored, tattered, and torn 8" x 10" envelope that has to be about 65 years old. Inside it, were similarly … Continue reading In My Younger Years

Movie Star Descends From Clan of Thieves; Tragedy Was No Stranger


Jan-Michael Vincent, who became nationally recognizable on the 1980s television series “Airwolf,” but whose career later foundered, in part because of problems with drugs and alcohol, died on Feb. 10, 2019, at a hospital near his home in Asheville, NC. He was 74. I always had a teenage crush on him and would watch anything … Continue reading Movie Star Descends From Clan of Thieves; Tragedy Was No Stranger

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