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

Five Little Wishes For Scruffy


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

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

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

Pocahontas Heacham, England, Mulberry Tree DNA Test ‘Inconclusive’


To my regular followers, you may have been aware that this blog has been keeping up with the ongoing research here in the United States and England to determine through DNA testing whether trees in Jamestown, VA, and Heacham, Norfolk, England, share the same markers. Below is the newest information available, this time from BBC … Continue reading Pocahontas Heacham, England, Mulberry Tree DNA Test ‘Inconclusive’

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!

Wild Times in “The Wilderness” of Spotsylvania


My paternal great grandfather was Edward "Bud" Vincent Bowling/Boling (1872-1946). He was born in Parker, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. According to the 1880 Census, "Vincent," as he was called at eight years old, lived on a tenant farm with his father Lawrence T. Boling (42), and his mother Sara Elizabeth Bettie Tapp (45), and his sisters … Continue reading Wild Times in “The Wilderness” of Spotsylvania

Family Matters…


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…

Mom’s Address Book


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

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!

Go Rest High on That Mountain


Go Rest High on That Mountain Author:  Vincent Grant Gill It's been three weeks today, Saturday, September 12, 2020, since I told dad, "I love you, and am proud to have been your daughter, and you, my father."  In fact, several in our family are struggling daily to get beyond the visible physical and emotional … Continue reading Go Rest High on That Mountain