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
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
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
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
“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
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
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’
Here it is the first week of January 2021--A New Year! Just one day after my 74th birthday! After coming through 2020 alive and reflecting back on an unprecedented all-around terrible year globally--slow responses to the raging COVID-19 global pandemic; public disinformation from supposed leaders, social media, the news media--who do we trust? where is … Continue reading The Storming of Our United States Capitol Building
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!
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
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…
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
While going through my home office closet, I rediscovered my maternal grandmother's (Loretta Alice Lathrop Ford) suitcase that literally fell apart in my hands. Years ago I had removed the small pictures and stored them in one of my photo boxes with her name on it. But, left inside this dilapidated suitcase were still two … Continue reading Keep, Toss, Donate, Pass On?
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!
During this month of September 2020, a few of us "Boling/Dickinson's" have been going daily to our parents home of 60 years to declutter it and to let go of family treasures before readying the property to go on the market. This task was definitely not our usual fall cleanup. Following our recent losses and … Continue reading 2020–A Tough Year and Formidable Fall Cleanup
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
Dads give children a safe place to grow, protected from the winds and sheltered from the rains. Only when it’s time to teach the lesson of living does a good dad consent to let go. Dad started his fatherly journey extremely young (when his mother abandoned her husband and three children when dad was just … Continue reading For Our Dad, with Love
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
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…
Suffragists in front of the White House in 1917.Credit...Library of Congress The first White House picketers were suffragists. Through a world war and a flu pandemic, they held up signs with slogans like, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” “They wanted to be the first thing the president saw every morning and the … Continue reading “A Century of Suffrage: The New York Times – August 18, 2020