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

Obituary: Frank Burton Boling: 12/07/1928-08/22/2020

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

My Sandlot Days…

By Aaron McDaniel - August 22, 2020 "1993 Sandlot Kids" Recently my teenage grandson, Aaron, was browsing Facebook and came upon a post with a picture of the Sandlot kids that included the following quote: "At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went out to play together for the last time and … Continue reading My Sandlot Days…

The Spanish Flu, (AKA, the 1918 Flu Pandemic)

As my dad lies in Calvert  County Hospital's ICU, where no visitors are allowed, I find a curious need to return to writing--not necessarily about our family's history as I usually do, but rather, to focus on other larger world issues for a momentary diversion.  And this time, it's about our impending 2020-2021 school year … Continue reading The Spanish Flu, (AKA, the 1918 Flu Pandemic)

Another Visit to Lottie’s Cardboard Box of Momentos

It's been six years since I tried to identify people or places in my paternal great-grandmother Lottie Taylor Chambers' photo box.  On my last visit, (July 1, 2014), I wrote about a poem that I knew had been written by Lottie's hand. In many instances these photos and momentos are over 100 years old.  Until … Continue reading Another Visit to Lottie’s Cardboard Box of Momentos

The Battle of Wilderness Farm – May 5-7, 1864

Many of my paternal ancestors lived in Spotsylvania County and, in fact, on the Wilderness Farm (my 2nd great-grandmother "Bettie Tapp [1834-1900] who married Lawrence T. Boling [1838-1910]). The following video is tailer from the new 3-part mini series on the History Channel about the Civil War Battle of Wilderness Farm [May 5-7, 1864], then … Continue reading The Battle of Wilderness Farm – May 5-7, 1864

Dogs Are Family, Too! – Part 6

It has been a mere seven months since we adopted Cinder Ella from Puppy Paws Rescue of Maryland. She has enamored us with her kindnesses, intelligence, playfulness, and gentleness.  She truly is a significant member of our family.  And her affection and attention to us has helped us better cope with these unusual Coronavirus days … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too! – Part 6

“United we stand; Divided we fall!”

As so many others are doing during this now fifth month of the global Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, I am turning to social media to maintain connections with family and friends.  In recent days, our millennial grandchildren have stepped forward with their voices about these unique times in our world's history.   I find their … Continue reading “United we stand; Divided we fall!”