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…♬
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 3.6 million students are expected to graduate from high schools in the United States over the next couple of weeks-- my granddaughter and nephew will be among them. So I guess it's only natural for me to reminisce back to my high school days where there was only radio, television, … Continue reading ♬ I Ain’t Afraid of No Goat ♬
Just a few fast facts first: The average house in 1950 sold for $14,000 The average annual income in the ‘50s was just under $3,000 Most women were homemakers and stay-at-home moms Most families were married couples and raised three children In 1950 fewer than 1 in 10 American homes owned a TV set. By … Continue reading Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”
Young Love, Young Marriages Mom was 15-1/2 months older than my dad. They married when they were 17 and 18. I was born when my mom was 19--seven months shy of her 20th birthday. My parents had three children. And, I was 11 years older than my first brother and 16 years older than my … Continue reading A “Christmas In Spring” Recollection
Before I "turned off the lights" and "closed my office door" on my professional career in marketing and communications for the last time, I sat down and wrote a generic thanks and goodbye to my many colleagues and friends at the U.S. Census where I had worked for 32 years. And, the following is the … Continue reading Moments (1980-2011): A Personal Career Anthology
It's been nearly two months since I last sat down to write--a very long hiatus for me. Simply put, life interrupted! Daily routines became passé. God's plan and purpose redirected me from my to-do lists and preferences to His. In keeping with His timeline and focusing on His perspectives on my life in this season, … Continue reading Life Interrupted
It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing on Friday, March 16, 2018, of my mother, Norma Florence (nee Ford) Boling at her home of nearly 60 years in Forestville, MD. She was 90 years, 6 months, and 3 weeks old and courageously fought a long battle with Alzheimer's and heart-disease-related conditions. … Continue reading Norma Florence (Ford) Boling: 22 Aug 1927 – 16 Mar 2018, Age 90
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 ♬
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
The Bolings are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 5th, and the family will gather with them this weekend to honor this rare event in the world's history of lifelong marriages. The couple decided at ages 14 and 15 when they first met that they were going to get married someday and now, 75 … Continue reading 75 Years Later – Couple Avows Their Love and Commitment
Our local Calvert County weather forecast for Friday, calls for a mostly cloudy day, which in Groundhog Day terms means if Punxsutawney Phil were here with us locally he wouldn't see his shadow and we would see an early Spring instead of six more weeks on Winter! Wel, guess what? Punxsutawney's forecast also calls for … Continue reading What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?
It’s been very cold outside these last few days of 2017. Like many others, I have been staying inside and browsing my favorite sites on the web. For example, one of the several groups I belong to on Facebook is called “I grew up in Forestville.” It has about 1,500 members. And many memories posted … Continue reading I Grew Up In Forestville, MD
Guest Author: Nancy Egloff, Jamestown Settlement Historian Christmas in 17th-Century England and Virginia Exploring English customs and the Lord of Misrule Along with their friends and relatives in England, the Englishmen who came to Jamestown in 1607 considered Christmas to be one of the most special times of the year. In England, the season lasted … Continue reading “Christmas in 17th-century England and Virginia”
Remembering some of my earliest history lessons--Our teachers got it all wrong! All those days at school coloring, cutting out and pasting turkeys, pilgrim shoes, hats, and hearing about the first Thanksgiving shared by pilgrims and "Indians"? Here's the real scoop on the first Thanksgiving celebration . AUTHOR: MATT BLITZ PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 18, 2015 IN THE WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE … Continue reading The First Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief--that's the first line from one of my childhood jump rope rhymes. I thought it appropriate for opening this post that connects farmers, merchants, lawyers, sailors, a kidnapper, and even a President, Indian Chief, and an Indian Princess who became famous for her peacekeeping powers … Continue reading Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief!
In recent years, several excellent historical drama series have emerged that depict the life and times of ancient peoples and cultures. We sit back comfortably in our chairs, on our couches, or even lay back on our bed pillows and watch in high definition color on our flat screens as peoples' thirsts drive them forward … Continue reading Does Art Imitate Life or Life More Often Imitate Art?
Often when I'm researching family history, regardless of the branch, I feel a real connection and gain a greater understanding of familial traits and relationships. Yet sometimes, especially in the ancient families' histories, the facts seem so very surreal; especially as they unfold through the mix of aristocracies, the haughty "blue-bloods," castles, manor houses, servants, … Continue reading Wharton’s – My Ancient Ancestors
At the close of my recent post Life and Times of Edward Boling and Mary Wharton, I stated that I must dig more deeply to learn about Mary Wharton's family's ancient beginnings. Our first source was the Doomsday Book of 1086, where we discovered Wharton families in towns and civil parishes named after them in … Continue reading Ancient Wharton’s “Rocky” Ascent to Nobility
Paying Homage to a Graduate for a Job Well Done! This Sunday, we went with our daughter and two of our teenaged grandchildren to a high school graduation party to honor an outstanding senior from our church family whose parents have every right to be very proud of her scholastic accomplishments, God-given talents and exemplary … Continue reading It’s Graduation Season – Whatever Happened To The Class of ’65?
https://youtu.be/hoErSahTa00 This video of a cute little live "Ratatouille" rat. It brings back memories of what was supposed to be a funny joke and a memorable family story. Well, it was memorable, but not because it was funny. There we were, a close-knit family--the patriarch, the matriarch, their three children, and all nine of their grandchildren. … Continue reading A House, A Mouse, And Antics of a Grandchild