YOLO–Carpe Diem, Folks!


Amidst the agony and pain of observing my parents increasingly debilitating aging process, we also have experienced a sprinkling of moments that remind us of better days when all their faculties were present and they were high functioning adults who volunteered and thrived within their family, friends, and social circles. I remember my dad, Frank … Continue reading YOLO–Carpe Diem, Folks!

I Remain in the Thicket, Hoping to Learn from our Children


Just one month ago this week, I began writing this post about a two-month-old article I came across that was written by Victoria Prooday, an internationally-known educator, motivational speaker, registered Occupational Therapist, and founder and clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic.  It speaks to a silent tragedy that is affecting our very own children all … Continue reading I Remain in the Thicket, Hoping to Learn from our Children

From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA


A few years ago I spit a small amount (about two tablespoons) of my saliva into a specimen collection tube provided in a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing kit that I ordered through Ancestry.com. My goal was to learn about my ancestors' through their genealogical beginnings and follow a familial chain of genetic links from generation to generation. … Continue reading From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA

She’s Still Mom–Even With Alzheimer’s


In December 2010 after a fall on the sidewalk and a hit to her head and face, doctors ordered a CT (computerized tomography), scan of mom's brain. This CT scan was the first confirmation that mom had mild Alzheimer's disease. This was also about the time that mom had driven herself to church (just three … Continue reading She’s Still Mom–Even With Alzheimer’s

Our Ancestors’ Died From What?


Death Certificates Validate Our Lives The primary purpose of a death certificate is to explain how or why people died. The only thing we know for sure is that people died because they were born; because they were mortal. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that roughly fifty million people in the world this year will … Continue reading Our Ancestors’ Died From What?

How Deaf Children Should Communicate–“I’m Trying to Get People to Hear Us . . .”


. . . Says Extraordinary Dance Contestant and Advocate for American Sign Language, Nyle DiMarco   I hope this post's title and headline caught your attention. It actually follows on to two of my posts from 2014 where I discussed deaf heritage among our ancestors in the Boling/Bolling/Bowling and Randolph family lines from the 1700’s in England and … Continue reading How Deaf Children Should Communicate–“I’m Trying to Get People to Hear Us . . .”

World’s Oldest and Last Living Person Born in the 1800s


116 Years Difference in Time, Yet Not So Very Different  Although Emma Martina Luigia Morano was born 29 November 1899, and not in the 21st Century, she was born amid "large-scale economic change, job uncertainty, the politics of extremism and paranoia, arguments over America's international role, and racial conflicts," to quote Fritz Lanham of the Houston Chronicle. … Continue reading World’s Oldest and Last Living Person Born in the 1800s

Our Ancestors’ Periods of Sleep Differed from Ours – Are We Doing It Wrong?


Familial Sleeping Disorders Our daughter and I have sleeping disorders which prevent us from getting a full night's rest filled sleep.  One of the best benefits of leaving my career job a few years ago was finding time to take a nap in the afternoons (not recommended, by the way) when life's activities permit.  But, daughter … Continue reading Our Ancestors’ Periods of Sleep Differed from Ours – Are We Doing It Wrong?

“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”

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”

100 Year Old BFFs


Best Friends Forever (BFFs) Last week I wrote a post on this blog, "Our Kent Island Experience," that was a story about my best friend of about 20 years (at that time) and our husbands' day of "boating." Some of the events of the day tested our relationship. Yet, nearly 40 years have since past … Continue reading 100 Year Old BFFs

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

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!

“That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”


OBITUARY:  STAMBAUGH, BONNIE J. (28 Years, 8 Mos., 8 Days) On July 21, 1983 of Colmar Manor, Prince George’s County,  Maryland, third daughter of Delores A. (Boling) Stambaugh and Luther M. Stambaugh; sister of Diane Blesi, Pamela Henry, and Deborah, Connie, and Glenn Stambaugh.  Friends may call at Gasch’s Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, … Continue reading “That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”

If I Could Save Time in a Bottle


The All Too Patient Patients Today, I'm sitting in the waiting/reception area at my mom's oncologist/hematologist's office. Mom has been coming here weekly for about five years for iron infusions due to iron deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs if you don't have enough iron in your body. Low iron levels usually … Continue reading If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

Soccer Mom vs. Baby Boomer–NOT!


I started writing a post that compares my hectic and dynamic baby boomer activities (those born between 1946 and 1964) this past week, especially, to those of a soccer mom.  You know, that married middle-class woman who lives in the suburbs and has school age children.  She's the woman who puts the interests of her family, and … Continue reading Soccer Mom vs. Baby Boomer–NOT!