My First Post - Eight Months Ago Eight months ago on November 15, 2012, I published “Hello World“--my 341-word first blog post ever, under the category of Witches and Witchcraft. I wondered then if some of my family from among the 40 generations I have traced back could have been among those accused of witchcraft … Continue reading Hello Again, World – My 145th Post
UPDATE - June 30, 2013: My brother in 1973 at the age of 15 tried with all his might to build a wheelchair for DeeDee but the technology wasn't there yet. If DeeDee had been alive and became crippled today, new options are available, see below: ------------------------------------------------------- On Presidents' Day in 1970, Bob and I … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too – Part 2
By Guest Author and Photographer: Kylie Brianne McDaniel Having a great time in North Beach enjoying the dragon boat races. Come join us and help to end hunger in Calvert County!
About the Sport Dragon boat racing is an amateur paddle team water sport. Its roots lie in ancient Chinese folklore with annual competitions of local villagers held in China for more than 20 centuries. The Dragon Boat festival, or Duān Wǔ Jié, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar … Continue reading Dragon Boat Racers Help End Hunger in Calvert County
This little tike, my #2 grandson, was two when this picture was taken of him in 1990. He's now 25 and has twins of his own (a boy and a girl) who will be two in just a few months. With all of today's varying cultures and social styles, I'll be interested in seeing their … Continue reading My Favorite Mullethead
This morning I was communing with nature sitting in a glider under a pergola on my freshly stained deck with birds eating from a feeder not five feet away. Absorbing the sunshine and feeling the occasional ever so gentle breeze wisp across my face, I was thinking about this glorious day and just how beautiful … Continue reading Scientists Discover “God’s Bathtub”
If you have read more than one of my posts, by now you know that I love to read, explore, and learn on my own from others--those who came before me and those living, who I may or may not personally know. Over the past several months especially, I have been following those people/blogs who … Continue reading “Rare Gems of Human Knowledge”
Scientists revealed Wednesday, May 1, 2013, that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism. For years, there have been tales of people in the first permanent English settlement in America eating dogs, cats, rats, mice, snakes and … Continue reading Meet Jane…14-Year-Old Jamestown Colony Victim of Cannibalism?
Reflecting Upon Everyday Moments that became Precious and Often Indelible Memories April 15, 2013--marked the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. The popular event is held annually on Patriots' Day, to commemorate the 1775 battles of Lexington and Concord that kicked off the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Events in Boston … Continue reading Patriots Day, Boston 2013: Another Indelible Memory
the real normal: the real problem I usually do not post religious messages on my blog because we all know that religion and politics can be off-putting topics. But, today's exercise at church was really fun and I wanted to share the exercise with you. So whether your religious beliefs and mine agree, just know … Continue reading Believe it or Not–We Learned this in Church Today!
One week after Easter, two of our sons and their wives came from Lynchburg, VA, and Nanjemoy, MD, so we could all venture into Washington, DC and enjoy the Cherry Blossoms together in full bloom--something our eldest son and his wife did on their own this time last year. (Yes, I know last year's picture reeks … Continue reading Cherry Pink, Apple Blossom White, and Red in the Face!
Guns in Action Movie Scenes Replaced with Thumbs-up! I reblogged this because gun safety and control are topical; the idea of replacing guns with thumbs was a clever one; the morphing from gun to thumb makes the pic funny, and the topic fits perfectly into my category called--Oddities and Antiquities. Some movie stills or posters … Continue reading Guns in Action Movie Scenes Replaced with Thumbs-up!
Starting with my very first Christmas, Santa always left me the most popular baby doll of the times. She was always center front just under our tree. And, my babies were always my most prized possessions. My first infant My first infant baby was all rubber and very life-like. She was delivered in only a … Continue reading When I Had to Say Goodbye to My Babies
On March 25, 2013, Luke Lewis, of BuzzFeed.com, first posted 27 images of owls (with etymologies, meanings, and uses of 27 words whose origins range in dates from the 1500's to the 1900's. I found these words interesting because of my blog's focus on our heritage and reflections from the past. You may find some … Continue reading 27 Delightful Obsolete Words It’s High Time We Revived Them – A Remix
I'm taking a break... In my daily posts, I rarely show my sense of humor or the lighter side of life, so I thought I'd take a break from Joanne, the serious and curious, to share something a little different that I received from a former colleague. You know, those chain letter email messages that … Continue reading Are You in Need of a Little Mollycoddling?
Hula Hoop Events From 1890 to 2013: Sources: http://abcnews.go.com/US/slideshow/history-hula-hoop-craze-18651139 http://people.howstuffworks.com/hula-hoop.htm. Robert Lamb. Hula Hoop Song by Hit Nation (Hawaiian Luau Party Music (Sounds of the Hawaiian Islands)
Article originally published in Listverse.com, by LordZB, October 24, 2012: There have been 43 presidents (with one serving a second term after a lost term) of the United States. Some have been memorable, others forgettable (See the Simpsons’ song about mediocre presidents). Each of them has been very human however with all the foibles and … Continue reading 44 Curiosities About US Presidents
UPDATE: Monday, June 15, 2015 15 Incredible Shoe Styles History Has Forgotten From the Middle Ages through the 1990's--men's and women's styles... http://mentalfloss.com/article/64373/15-incredible-shoe-styles-history-has-forgotten I just couldn't resist adding this article and a little bit of whimsy to my blog that is already imbued with a sense of culture and identity: Shared From: BBC News Magazine - January … Continue reading Why Did Men Stop Wearing High Heels?