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

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?

“Christmas in 17th-century England and Virginia”


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”

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

It’s Graduation Season – Whatever Happened To The Class of ’65?


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?

On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe


Article Details:  POCAHONTAS MARRIES JOHN ROLFE Author:  History.com Staff Website Name:  History.com Year Published:  2009 Title:  Pocahontas marries John Rolfe URL:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pocahontas-marries-john-rolfe On the 403rd Anniversary - The Story of the Marriage of My Paternal 11th Great Grandparents Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in … Continue reading On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe

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

Christmas Traditions in Our Nation’s Capital


One of my former colleagues posted this article from a pamphlet he picked up at the Mary Surratt House Museum titled, “Christmas of Yesterday: A History of Our Treasured Traditions and Holiday Customs.” (If you recall, Mary Surratt was an alleged member of the Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy and holds the dubious distinction of being the first … Continue reading Christmas Traditions in Our Nation’s Capital

3 Generations Exploring and Reflecting in the Big Apple


On Thursday, November 10, my daughter Jen, her son Aaron, and I departed Maryland. We hopped aboard Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train and set our sights for The Big Apple. My youngest grandchild, Aaron, soon to be 14, had never been there or even traveled on a train.  It's Fall, the trees were in their full Fall … Continue reading 3 Generations Exploring and Reflecting in the Big Apple

Election Eve 2016: Imagining Life Without Political Campaigns, Politicians, and the News Without a Profit Motive!


It's  November 7, 2016, presidential election eve.  This is the 18th presidential election since my birth.  And, looking back over the histories of campaigns and presidencies, we can see that the winning political parties will be split 50/50 if a Democrat wins this election.  So, I spent all day today culling over various facts and … Continue reading Election Eve 2016: Imagining Life Without Political Campaigns, Politicians, and the News Without a Profit Motive!

Ob La Di, Ob La Da . . . Life Goes On!


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!

Tumultuous, Terrific, Tragic, and Treasured Times . . .


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 . . .

May 13, 2017: Jamestown Colony’s 410th Anniversary


Four hundred and ten years ago today (May 13, 1607), one hundred colonists (dispatched from England by the London Company) arrived along the west bank of the James River.  The next day they founded the first permanent English settlement in what is now the Virginia, known as the"James Fort." As I have written in other … Continue reading May 13, 2017: Jamestown Colony’s 410th Anniversary

Honoring My Home State on Maryland’s 228th Anniversary


On April 28 in 1788, Maryland became the 7th state admitted to the United States. During our nation’s first census in 1790, Maryland’s population numbered 319,728. By the 1790 Census the United States had expanded to 13 states and its total population was just under 4 million (3,929,214).  The Census Bureau estimates and projections program … Continue reading Honoring My Home State on Maryland’s 228th Anniversary

A Woman Before Her Time: Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford


My Role Model -- In memory of my maternal grandmother, Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford (1895-1968). She would have been 121 years old today--a woman before her time--god loving, pioneer-spirited, and up to any challenge despite her age, gender, social status or physicality--MY ROLE MODEL. I loved her dearly and daily life events keep her ever-present … Continue reading A Woman Before Her Time: Loretta Alice (Lathrop) Ford

And, together they danced…


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…

Let him have his memories…


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…

February is for Lovers…and that Includes Our Parents


Just two days ago, on the one year anniversary of my blogpost "Hope, Love, Peace, and Tomorrow" I updated it.  The original post began with: “and they lived happily ever after.” "February is the month for lovers and hopeless romantics who like me believe in love at first sight, true and everlasting love, and fairy tale … Continue reading February is for Lovers…and that Includes Our Parents