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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 đť„žWe are F-a-m-i-l-y â™¬

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

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?

Simeon Ford and Daughter, Lauren


A Portfolio of Paintings by Lauren Ford 0 comments Posted by Kristine at 8/22/2010 07:37:00 PM Madonna and Child From the cover of Life magazine, December 25, 1944 - this was the only color cover of Life during World War II. Adoration Lauren Ford transplants the scene of the Nativity to a barn in Connecticut much … Continue reading Simeon Ford and Daughter, Lauren

“So Much Wasted Time”


I dedicate this post to Chesapeake Church's Executive Pastor Ann Edwards.  I wish I could credit meditation and deep contemplation for it.  But in fact, it was this weekend's very poignant message "Isn't It Time I Stop Wasting My Life," delivered by Ann Edwards at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, that inspired me to spread the … Continue reading “So Much Wasted Time”

“We Live, We Love, We Let Go!”


A Harsh Reality This week our church family was once again struck by a harsh reality--that we live, we love, and then we must let go.  That is, we should never take life, family, friends or God for granted.  We always should live our lives as though today might be our last. Love God, Love … Continue reading “We Live, We Love, We Let Go!”

“Jury Finds Mary Bliss Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft”


Mass Moments is a project of Mass Humanities, whose mission is to support programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the Commonwealth. Mass Humanities receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. This project … Continue reading “Jury Finds Mary Bliss Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft”

“Is Genesis History?”


It's Friday night and many from our church met in the auditorium for yet another FREE MOVIE NIGHT!  Tonight we going to get to see the much-awaited viewing of the new compelling and perhaps controversial documentary movie Is Genesis History?. The film's title is a double entendre, or play on words.  In my initial reading … Continue reading “Is Genesis History?”

Alarming Witch Hunt – Another Ancestor Accused â€“


Thirty-seven or so years into researching my family's history, I still remain committed to it.  Some days my findings seem to be the same old stuff and on others, I am literally knocked out of my seat by them--like today!  I am reviewing hints about family members that I haven't spent much time with and I stumble … Continue reading Alarming Witch Hunt – Another Ancestor Accused â€“

Observing Women’s History Month and Honoring One of America’s First Women Immigrants


    Background Just 30 years ago in 1987, the United States Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.  This action came eights years after Molly Murphy MacGregor, a member of The National Women's History Project, was invited to participate in The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, which was chaired by … Continue reading Observing Women’s History Month and Honoring One of America’s First Women Immigrants

A Sunday Morning Visit With Me and “Mr. Church”


I'm branching out this morning--taking that little fork in the road if you will.  This post still shares with you my feelings about my love of God, church, family, special moments, memories, and family histories.  However, in it, I also reveal my love for good music, a good book or a good movie; and, how I spend … Continue reading A Sunday Morning Visit With Me and “Mr. Church”

Witnesses to Great Commotions Over Religion, Politics, and Money


Yes, this post may be a game changer--where I dare to speak of religion, politics, and money--Growing up it was drilled into me to never talk about these topics in public and open conversation. But why?  Was this always an American position, or when did this begin? From the history of my 15th-century ancestors primarily from England, France, … Continue reading Witnesses to Great Commotions Over Religion, Politics, and Money

Witches and Witchcraft Revisited–Another Brick Wall Downed!


Just a short 3-1/2 years ago (November 15, 2012) I wrote my first post Hello World! to this blog site.  In it, I alleged my family may have an ancestor who was accused of being a witch in Massachusetts.  (Note that most women, and men, who were accused of witchcraft in the 15th-19th Centuries were feared … Continue reading Witches and Witchcraft Revisited–Another Brick Wall Downed!

Missionary on Horseback–Key Builder of a Nation


In the past, many of my blog posts have focused on my ancient British relatives and their descendents from the Boling/Bolling/Bowling, Chambers, and Taylor branches on my paternal side, to the Lathrop/Lowthropp and Ford families on my maternal side. Geographically,  all of these families resided primarily on the east coast in the earliest colonies--from North Carolina … Continue reading Missionary on Horseback–Key Builder of a Nation

Family Connections and Christmas Letters


Family Connections and Christmas Letters Yesterday, I received a surprise Christmas letter from John and Deidra Doan who had just returned home from his 28th season of Holiday concerts and second year of calling it “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit.”John's timing was uncanny and I feel as though we are both ancestrally and spiritually connected, though … Continue reading Family Connections and Christmas Letters

How’s Your Pre-Christmas Spirit?


Have You Been Scrooged or Is Family Your Focus? How's your pre-Christmas spirit going this year?  Have you just about had it with all the hustle and bustle that leads up to the big day?  Has your focus been on the reason for the season or has societal pressure and extreme commercialism pulled you in? … Continue reading How’s Your Pre-Christmas Spirit?

Thanksgiving Invites–Anyone Dead or Alive


Who's On Your Guest List? How many times in life have you been asked; "If you could invite anyone dead or alive to dinner, who would be your quests?"  And sometimes this question has a follow-up or two: "Why?" And, "What would you say to them?" My Honored Guest List: I would first invite Jesus Christ … Continue reading Thanksgiving Invites–Anyone Dead or Alive

Blessed Assurance


"Blessed Assurance" is a well-known Christian hymn. Fanny J. Crosby, famed blind hymn writer wrote the lyrics in 1873 to the music written by Phoebe Palmer Knapp, (both were members of the St. John's Methodist Church in New York City). It may have been blind Miss Crosby’s example that encouraged Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908) to write … Continue reading Blessed Assurance

Historically and Genetically Speaking, I Guess I’m Naturally Frank


My dad's name is Frank.  I wonder from whom/where his name came?   One such theory comes from the  Merovingian dynasty where "Frankish" kings ruled a frequently fluctuating area in parts of present-day France and Germany from the 5th to the 8th century AD. They were sometimes called the "long-haired kings" by contemporaries, for their leaders' … Continue reading Historically and Genetically Speaking, I Guess I’m Naturally Frank