It’s That Time of Year To Take Inventory . . .


In the Headlines Not ready yet to leave the Christmas celebrations that honored the birth of Christ?  Me, either!  Yet, I am being rudely pushed to look back on the major stories and the deaths around the world in the headlines of 2016 before bidding it farewell--as if living through them wasn't enough already!  This isn't … Continue reading It’s That Time of Year To Take Inventory . . .

The Robin Williams – A Fellow Baby Boomer


Like so many others my emotions flew from disbelief to sadness, to a true sense of personal loss--almost as though he were a greatly loved family member.  We were fellow baby boomers who experienced some of the most incredible and incredulous moments in life on this planet.  No disrespect intended, Robin had been a part of … Continue reading The Robin Williams – A Fellow Baby Boomer

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110


This blog would be incomplete if I failed to include references to the good, the bad, and the uglies of this world. So when I came upon this story of Alice Herz-Sommer, I realized it had all of those features and many more. Alice's spirit, in only moments, touched my heart. I believe she survived … Continue reading Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110

The Taylor’s of Culpeper, Virginia (1877-1945)


William Frazier TAYLOR, Jr. William Frazier Taylor, Jr., was my great grand uncle and brother to my paternal great-grandmother, Lottie L. Taylor Chambers. (It's uncanny, my brother John's son, Matthew Burton Boling, four generations later, is the spitting image of William as he appeared in the image on the left.) When William was born on … Continue reading The Taylor’s of Culpeper, Virginia (1877-1945)

Honoring a Couple of Bolling Cousins, Among America’s Wartime Vets


OBITUARY:  Dr. Robert Hagedorn Bolling--My Third Paternal Cousin (Descendant of Robert Bolling, Jr. of Petersburg, VA (Also cousin to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, too...) PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1927 – Dr. Robert Hagedorn Bolling, cousin of Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and Chief Surgeon of the United States, died in the Chestnut Hill Hospital this afternoon following an operation on … Continue reading Honoring a Couple of Bolling Cousins, Among America’s Wartime Vets

“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”

OBITUARY: Ruth May Owens Pyles


Obituary: Ruth May (Owens) Pyles: 10 Jul 1943 - 4 Apr 2013--69, of Capitol Heights, MD on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Georgetown University Hospital. Beloved mother of Robert (Melissa), William (Linda), Samuel (Doris), Charles (Elaine), Matthew (Jackie), and Christine (Carlton). Also two brothers, Leslie and Robert; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a companion of … Continue reading OBITUARY: Ruth May Owens Pyles