You Know Times Have Changed When…


New Yorker Magazine Cover Suggests Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are Gay By Lisa Respers France, CNN June 28, 2013 -- Updated 2000 GMT (0400 HKT) (CNN) -- If you believe the cover of The New Yorker magazine, Bert and Ernie may be ready to come out. "The cover, titled "Moment of Joy," shows the Sesame Street … Continue reading You Know Times Have Changed When…

My Life’s Five Most Embarrassing Moments


In no specific order: I was 7, some people referred to me as being very demure for my age, and I was usually seen and not heard (because my Great Grandfather preferred children this way).  My Uncle John, Grandfather, Roy, and Dad, Frank, had just returned to the farm in Glenn Dale, Maryland, with a … Continue reading My Life’s Five Most Embarrassing Moments

Dogs Are Family, Too – Part 2


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

Dogs Are Family, Too!


To borrow just a few words from my good friends at Google, "the loyalty, affection, and exploits" of my dogs throughout my years on this earth have inspired a rich body of true, sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad stories that have only added to my life events.  My blog would be incomplete without at least a … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too!

JOIN US NOW at the Dragon Boat Races in North Beach!


  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!

Dragon Boat Racers Help 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

My Favorite Mullethead


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

Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This”


While driving from my home to my parents this morning, I heard a song on a country radio station that affected me so deeply that I had to pull off the side of the road until it had ended and I had composed myself again.  The music, lyrics, and singing were great, but its sentiment … Continue reading Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This”

Daily Prompt: The Normal


The Normal--a Coincidence--a Good Thing, A Bad Thing, Neither? It's more than coincidence when the daily prompt request, "The Normal," falls on the heels of the end to a 7-week teaching series at my church on "The Real Normal."  So, feeling compelled to respond from a higher authority, and with the help of my church … Continue reading Daily Prompt: The Normal

ISO Ancestral Gifts and Talents: I’ve Got the Music In Me, Part 7


This post continues a discussion I began on FaceBook about three months ago, "Has anyone documented gifts and talents, especially musicality of Bolling ancestors?"  The post received about 100 views and several responses from a dozen or so descendants of the Bolling family.  So, I thought I would summarize the anecdotal information below and include a … Continue reading ISO Ancestral Gifts and Talents: I’ve Got the Music In Me, Part 7

Found In the Archives from December 8, 1941


Dark, cloudy skies with intermittent heavy downpours to sprinklings of rain make today the perfect day for exploring, researching, and documenting new finds.   Among my many searches today to complement draft posts to come, I entered just two of the 13 Presidential Libraries  (Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S.Truman Libraries), which have their collections online. … Continue reading Found In the Archives from December 8, 1941

When Nature Calls


A Glimpse of Life in the "Olden Days" In the olden days, say when our number one son was about six and number two was about four, I would take them with me to shop and to run weekly family errands. Frequently, my mom, mamma, joined us and we shopped together with the boys in tow. One … Continue reading When Nature Calls

Scientists Discover “God’s Bathtub”


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”

A Poem to Me Mudder


A Prelude to Father's Day 2013 My dad, now 84, has always had a great sense of responsibility toward family, friends, neighbors, community, and sometimes even strangers in need.  He follows the letter of the law without ever once bending a rule. He dots all his I's and crosses all his T's.  But when it … Continue reading A Poem to Me Mudder

Life is Precious and Sometimes Wild–Let’s Just Do It!


Some of us struggle in life and are too proud to ask for guidance or help. Some lives are in destructive ruts and we are blind to them. We all have a loved one, neighbor, or friend who we might like to help, but we are frozen in fear of being so bold to intrude … Continue reading Life is Precious and Sometimes Wild–Let’s Just Do It!