The Last Christmas Tree


As we sat in church this morning, our Pastor preceded his message for this weekend with a prayer for the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seems that yesterday--Saturday, October 27, 2018--their congregation became victims of a shooting rampage that left this close-knit historic Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, along with … Continue reading The Last Christmas Tree

History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves


The 2018 United States elections will be held mostly on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump's first term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested.  But, … Continue reading History and People’s Sentiments Repeat Themselves

“Love, me.”


Please excuse me once more.  Our family remains in that mourning season of life. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  Dad asked his children to take him to mom's gravesite in honor of what would have been her 91st birthday and their nearly 76 years together.  We took flowers, mostly purple--mom's favorite … Continue reading “Love, me.”

NO TURNING BACK


A Captivating TitleA captivating post title is often hard to nail down so I routinely refer to other sources for inspiration and ideas.  This morning was a little different--an apt title leapt out at me while I was in church.  The image appeared on a 300" HDTV that had a viewing area of 146" x 260."  … Continue reading NO TURNING BACK

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told!


So, if you read "America's Post-WWII Baby Boom" post, you have the background about my baby boomer generation and the lives and times of the parents who conceived us.  However, absent from that post was the question that I first googled that prompted that article and this one.  My original question posed; "How many baby … Continue reading The Greatest Love Story Ever Told!

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…♬

♬ I Ain’t Afraid of No Goat ♬


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 ♬

Life in the “Fabulous Fifties”


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”

A “Christmas In Spring” Recollection


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

Moments (1980-2011):  A Personal Career Anthology


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

Life Interrupted


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

Norma Florence (Ford) Boling: 22 Aug 1927 – 16 Mar 2018, Age 90


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

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

75 Years Later – Couple Avows Their Love and Commitment


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

What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?


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?

I Grew Up In Forestville, MD


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

The First Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts


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

They Migrated From Maryland to Virginia – Just 300 Years Apart


Our eldest son moved his family from Maryland to Lynchburg in Virginia's Southern Piedmont Valley about 12 years ago to allow his sons to attend Christian colleges there.  He knew little of the area's history but found a home and a job just outside Bedford County and the City of Lynchburg.  As it turns out, … Continue reading They Migrated From Maryland to Virginia – Just 300 Years Apart

Does Art Imitate Life or Life More Often Imitate Art?


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?