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
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
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”
"Come sit a spell, take your shoes off... While working extensively on my genealogy and blog sites over the past two weeks I had an epiphany--If I were asked to describe my life and times growing up what would I say or write? Immediately, it came to me: Mayberry and its mostly good family, friends, … Continue reading Nostalgia – There Will Never Be Another Mayberry!
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!
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
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
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
It's been over a month since I last posted--an unusually long time for me to step away from family history and happenings. If you read my September 19th post, you will recall that I wrote about recent "Tumultuous, Terrific, Tragic, and Treasured Times . . ." Life still is going on, often out of my … Continue reading Ob La Di, Ob La Da . . . Life Goes On!
The word "tumultuous" best describes my personal little world over these past 30 or so days. I know my family's events pale in comparison to the tragic and horrific events precipitated mostly by mean-spirited, greedy, and angry people of our world at large. To maintain my sanity and not be overwhelmed or sickened inside by these … Continue reading Tumultuous, Terrific, Tragic, and Treasured Times . . .
The Month for Lovers Continues... My niece, Caitlyn Boling (daughter of my brother John Arthur and his wife Joyce), and her new husband Anthony Rubio, honored my parents' (Frank and Norma Boling) 70 years of marriage together (2/5/1946) at their wedding this past Sunday, February 21, with an Anniversary Dance especially for them. As some … Continue reading And, together they danced…
The picture below is just one of several taken at our home in Capitol Heights, Maryland. It was a New Year's Eve Party hosted by my parents Frank and Norma Boling on Thursday, December 31, 1953. (And, in less than a week, I would turn 7 years old.) Among their guests were close knit family and … Continue reading Let him have his memories…
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
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
Faith in Christ - Love of Football With our son and grandsons scattered across the South Atlantic and Midwest States and one in Europe serving his country, our faith in Christ and love of football continue to keep our family close in heart and spirit. The National Football League (NFL) has just concluded Week Two of the 2014-2015 season. And … Continue reading Faith and Football–The Ties That Bind
Reflections my Past Labor Days When I reflect on the meaning of Labor Day from my childhood years, I think: end of summer; back to school tomorrow; our family get-together's that always included outdoor picnics; softball, badminton, and other games; watermelon, potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, ice cream, and cake. And, in my … Continue reading Why do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day?
About Grandsons Grandsons make us Proud. Grandsons listen to Family stories, even when they go on and on. Grandsons Surprise and delight us, and sometimes shock us a little. Grandsons know what's Cool, and they keep us up on it, too. Grandsons make us feel Important and wise. Grandsons add Fun to any occasion. Everybody should be … Continue reading Remembering Robert
Friday, April 11, 2014 On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Robert Joseph II's (our eldest son--age 47, left) eldest son, Robert Joseph III, (nearly 27), wed the love of his life, Corrie, in Chicago, IL. As their story goes, "Joe" and Corrie were among the nearly 13,000 who annually attended Liberty University (the largest Christian university … Continue reading Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part II
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.