America’s Post-WWII Baby Boom


As I sat down this morning to write about a couple of recent funny family  moments involving the history of me and my youngest brother, I happened upon this article written by the Kahn Academy--an online non-profit organization whose mission it is "to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere."  It was such an easy … Continue reading America’s Post-WWII Baby Boom

♬Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.. Here I am at…♬


Camping has always been one of kids favorite activities. Hence, my lifting of the 1964 Alan Shermann song seemed an appropriate fit for this post's title. Earliest records show that girls attended camps as early as 1917 in the Washington-Metropolitan Area. In 1935, the Prince George's County Girl Scout Council was chartered from the Washington, … Continue reading ♬Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.. Here I am at…♬

𝄞We are F-a-m-i-l-y ♬


If you are a grandmother you may be one of a select few who understands the gravity of your intimate relationships with your grandchildren and their parents who by the way are your children that hopefully you and their father raised together. Now, none of us was handed a parenting guide when we discovered we … Continue reading 𝄞We are F-a-m-i-l-y ♬

Sit’n on the Porch to Make a Stand


The year was 1981.  The day was Friday, December 4.   I had just finished a visit with Sister Kathleen, who was the director for the religious education program that prepared 7th-grade children for their sacrament of confirmation into the Catholic religion at Mount Calvary Church and School in Forestville, MD. The backstory goes something like … Continue reading Sit’n on the Porch to Make a Stand

Still Crazy – In Love – After All These Years!


 On Your 69th Wedding Anniversary (1946-2015) It almost goes without saying for a couple such as you... As long as you have faith to guide you and prayers to carry you through... As long as you have memories to look back on and dreams to hold onto... As long as you have each other and … Continue reading Still Crazy – In Love – After All These Years!

Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2


Our Deaf Heritage Last January, I posted Our Deaf Heritage, that confirmed deafness in the Boling/Bolling/Bowling and Randolph families' ancestors from the 1700's in England and Virginia, and how they were responsible for founding the first schools for the hearing impaired in America, and later, the infamous Gallaudet University in the District of Columbia.  Gallaudet was established in 1864 … Continue reading Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2

Really–Just How Important is Your Given Name?


In Act II, Scene II  of Shakespeare's 1597 play, Romeo and Juliet,  Juliet says in reference to Romeo's surname, Montague, that they should ignore his surname which is meaningless to them so they could be together. Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State I love infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended … Continue reading Really–Just How Important is Your Given Name?

The Family “Do You Know” Scale


Yesterday's post Family Stories that Bind Us included a few family questions from Emory University's Do You Know Scale.  Below are all the questions asked within Emory's study. I'm going to try them out on my family and see just how much we have communicated our stories among the generations--and their different spins on the information. … Continue reading The Family “Do You Know” Scale

Chi-Town Bound: The Wedding, Part I.


A Whirlwind in Chi-Town This weekend was a whirlwind of emotions, events, and changing environments.  On Thursday, April 10, husband, Bob, daughter, Jennifer, and I (representing the Maryland-based Boling-Dickinson-McDaniel families) departed from Reagan-Washington National Airport headed for Chicago, IL., to meet up with our Lynchburg-based Dickinson's for our eldest grandson, Joe's, wedding on Saturday. Food, Glorious … Continue reading Chi-Town Bound: The Wedding, Part I.

Remembering a 19th Century Educator…


My Paternal 2nd Cousin--5 times removed, from Linden, Amelia County, Virginia Anna Peyton Bolling (1836-1919) was born 177 years ago. At that time, her father, John Peyton Bolling, was 48 and her mother, Anne Field Gilliam, was 40.  Anna was the sixth of seven children born to Petersburg, Virginia farmers.  Anna had six siblings, namely: Mary … Continue reading Remembering a 19th Century Educator…

“Life Interrupted–Navigating the Unexpected”


I "borrowed" this post's title, above, from Priscilla Shirer's 2011 inspirational book of the same title, as well as the opening description about it: "From telemarketers to traffic jams to twenty-item shoppers in the ten-item line, our lives are full of interruptions. They're often aggravating, sometimes infuriating, and can make us want to tell people … Continue reading “Life Interrupted–Navigating the Unexpected”

Boys vs. Girls


Boys vs. Girls "With about 1,048 male babies born for every 1,000 female babies born in 2008, boys are keeping the edge in a ratio that's stayed about the same over the past 60 years." (These numbers came from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, which are sometimes compiled and analyzed over … Continue reading Boys vs. Girls

How Well Does Your Family Know It’s History?


How well do you think you know your family's history? More importantly to me, I'd like to confirm that there is practical value in my documenting and sharing my family’s story.    I sure hope so, because this blog site, as my legacy to future generations of my family, is intended to provide accurate reflections … Continue reading How Well Does Your Family Know It’s History?

From “Baby Boomer” to “Sandwich Generation”


The Baby Boomer Generation I am proud to be a part of the "Baby Boomer" Generation, whose moniker is changing to the "Sandwich Generation." The happenings of our Baby Boomer generation were a mix of exciting and melancholy times. The number of historical events which took place in the last 60 years is unprecedented. Take … Continue reading From “Baby Boomer” to “Sandwich Generation”

20 Signs You Went to Catholic School


Honoring, laughing with and apologizing... I am honoring, laughing with, and apologizing to our three children who may relate all too well to my reblog of the 20 Signs You Grew Up in Catholic School, below.  I read this post on the heels of my daughter and I attended a Catholic funeral a couple of … Continue reading 20 Signs You Went to Catholic School

Our Deaf Heritage


I have had the following post in draft form for several months during which time there have been some Boling, Bolling, Bowling family members discussing whether deafness and hard of hearing runs in our family.  The answer is, in fact, that there have been Boling family members who were born deaf and some of those … Continue reading Our Deaf Heritage

Revisiting a 20-Year-Old Oral History from Frank and Norma Boling


Oral History Interview American Studies Class – 1993 the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus By Student, Jennifer L. Dickinson About the Interviewees Frank Burton and Norma Florence (Ford) Boling [my maternal grandparents] are in their mid-60's.  Frank is a retired Federal Government Employee—a pressman by trade.  [Born in the mid-1920’s, and married in their teens], … Continue reading Revisiting a 20-Year-Old Oral History from Frank and Norma Boling

My Other Uncle John–Blair, that is…


John Blair, Sr., 4-term Acting Governor of Virginia: He sat on Virginia's Governor's Council for over 25 years and was a favorite nephew of James Blair (1655-1743), an Anglican Minister and Founding President of William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. Among John Blair's many personal and professional accomplishments that follow, he also was father … Continue reading My Other Uncle John–Blair, that is…

Introducing Beau…Part 4, Dogs are Family, too!


Contributing Author:  My  Daughter, Jennifer My 18th Birthday Present It was November 1991, I had just started college two months before and my brothers were already out of the house when Mom and Dad brought Beau home to me as a birthday present. He was a cute puff of grey, black, brown and white fur … Continue reading Introducing Beau…Part 4, Dogs are Family, too!

Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!


Contributing Author--My Son, Jeff Adventurers at Heart Our children, Bobby, 14; Jeff, 12; and Jennifer 7, were always adventurers at heart. I like to think they got this trait from me, and I got it from my maternal grandmother, Loretta Lathrop Ford. I wish so very much that they had had a chance to know … Continue reading Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!