How’s Your Standard For Living?


How often have you stepped back to look from the outside-in to remember all those perfect times in your life?  Was it that expensive video game that Santa brought you?  Your first kiss, graduation day, that great job you landed, your wedding day, the birth of your children? A lot of firsts and yet all … Continue reading How’s Your Standard For Living?

An Intimate Interview With My Dad – Part 4


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

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

Are You Committed to a Cause Greater Than Yourself?


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?

Yes, at our Age, We Adopted


Our family just got a little larger... We adopted a baby girl. Her name is Cinder Ella. She came to us with a heartbreaking backstory. Cinder Ella's mom was just a young girl when she was molested and impregnated by an unknown male. Whomever she was staying with in turn dropped her off at a … Continue reading Yes, at our Age, We Adopted

An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 2


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

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

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”


My paternal grandfather, (Jesse Burton Boling: 1902-1978), was more or less a loner and lived much of his adult life with his children in their homes. As a boy he was raised on a farm in Fredericksburg next to the Chancellorsville Battlefield. There, he helped his family with their crops and chores--hence, his second grade … Continue reading “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

75 Years; Three Generations, Blue Collar Tradespersons


In earlier posts about my parents, Frank and Norma Boling, I mentioned that they met when they were in their mid-teens shortly after dad's 33-year-old estranged mom passed away in March 1944. But, I neglected to say where they were when they first met. You see, schools were on break for the summer and families … Continue reading 75 Years; Three Generations, Blue Collar Tradespersons

Manning Up; A True Role Model


IN MY OWN WORDS Role models in today's complex, angry, and stress-filled world are too few and far between. That's why I was exhilarated when our eldest grandson took time to so eloquently acknowledge one of his--Eli Manning--quarterback of the NFL's New York Giants Football Team for the previous 16 years! While grandson's words said … Continue reading Manning Up; A True Role Model

Life Is Peachy!


I recently asked family members to contribute articles about ther lives-- past and present,-- so we could compare lifestyles, belief systems and cultures to those of our ancestors. They have been somewhat slow in responding to my request. However, some of them freely share their thoughts and values on social media. So, when our son-in-law … Continue reading Life Is Peachy!

Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!


The article that follows is a true story as told to me by son as we reminisced back 31 years and now can laugh about it: It was the Summer of 1988.  The weather ranged in the mid-80s to lower 90s.   I was 20, my Uncle John was five years older than me, and only … Continue reading Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix!

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”

Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?


Persnickety Mannerisms? My answer would most definitely have to be a big resounding "YES!" To this day, the thermostat needs to be kept on 78 degrees because the gas company advised that this is the most economical setting--despite how much water and sweat is flowing from guests foreheads and armpits; keep all doors and windows … Continue reading Are/Were Your Parents Frugal to a Fault?

I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…


No one knows when or under what circumstance we will breathe our last breath, for we live on earth (if we are truly Christian) under God’s plan for us.  That’s why it is so important to let those here we love know just how much. Not just through gifts or words (which also can be … Continue reading I Will Love You Until My Last Breath…

Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?


Most often, I write about the past and how we can learn from it to change the future.  But this weekend’s message at church so tore at my heart and shook my brain, and yes, so derides any logic, that I am compelled to ponder focusing on the now and how we, all God’s children, … Continue reading Life–Empty, Unfocused, or Purpose-filled?

My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825


Continuing on through my genetic genealogy timeline, my DNA has been found to match with 1,000+ 4th cousins or closer relatives who now live as far north as Vermont, span southward down the eastern coastline into Georgia, and inland to the now midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,  Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.  We also can … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy: 1775-1825

My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775


"When the ships have for the last time weighed their anchors in England, the real misery begins with the long voyage. For from there the ships, unless they have good wind, must often sail eight, nine, ten or twelve weeks before they reach Philadelphia...But during the voyage there is on board these ships terrible misery, … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy 1750-1775

My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750


As in my earlier post that covers my DNA timeline from 1700-1725 and my ancestors' migration from  England, Wales, Northwestern Europe, Germanic Europe, Ireland,  Scotland, and Norway,  much of what I am about to share with you, I gleaned from my DNA Story as provided to me by Ancestry.com.    More of my posts will … Continue reading My Genetic Genealogy – 1725-1750