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)
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
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
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
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!”
Today is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Today's Coronavirus updates from Worldometers: Coronavirus Cases: 2,044,221 Active Cases: 1,407,599 Deaths: 131,240 Recovered: 505,282 For as long as I can remember people … Continue reading Could Tobacco Cure Coronavirus?
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!
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
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?
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
9. What do you remember about the births of your children? Joanne was born in the Old Sibley Hospital on North Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, DC on the first Sunday in January. The temperature was about 41 degrees. She was born about one month premature. Dr. Bacon made a home visit and drove Norma, her … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 5
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
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?
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
As many of you know, I am the 11th great-granddaughter of John Rolfe and Pocahontas through my paternal lineage from my Boling family and that I have been researching and writing about Pocahontas and the Rolfes in my blogs for about ten years. In fact, the Heacham researcher (mentioned in the following article published by … Continue reading Pocahontas Heacham mulberry tree DNA test ‘inconclusive’
This post begins Part 3 of a series of interviews with my dad. If you have not yet read the first two interviews that cover Questions 1-3, you may want to start first with them. Question 4 . Would you consider yourself more curious, more explorer, or more adventurer? “I always wanted to know what … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 3
Dad and I spend several days a week together--mostly tending to his daily needs, but often just sitting at the kitchen table (like he and mom used to do), while he eats, drinks, or reads his morning newspaper and then we meander on into the living room so he can raise his legs up in … Continue reading An Intimate Exchange With Dad – Part 1
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
Our 27-year-old grandson, Andy, is a dedicated and hardworking young man who works two jobs to pay for his recent home purchase. His parents raised him to be God-loving and to have compassion, humility, and integrity in all things. Andy, like all my grandchildren never cease to amaze me in their daily lives and stories … Continue reading Short on Compassion and Humility?
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