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?

Dogs Are Family, Too–Lord Jacob of Calvert (Jake)


To once again borrow a few words from my good friends at Google, “the loyalty, affection, and exploits”of my dogs throughout my years on this earth have inspired a rich body of true, sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad stories that have only added to my life events.   And today, unfortunately, it is with heavy hearts … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too–Lord Jacob of Calvert (Jake)

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

What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?


From my May 26, 2013, blog post, Busted "Brick Wall" Reveals More "Chambers" "…So again yesterday morning, I decided to start over once more with basic research techniques for the elusive Chambers within our family's ancestors. Among my review of earlier research and findings of Frank Maynard Chambers, through my contacts with the Las Vegas Bunker … Continue reading What’s All This Fuss About a Groundhog Named Phil and Punx’a’what?

Introducing Beau…Part 4, Dogs are Family, too!


Contributing Author:  My  Daughter, Jennifer My 18th Birthday Present It was November 1991, I had just started college two months before and my brothers were already out of the house when Mom and Dad brought Beau home to me as a birthday present. He was a cute puff of grey, black, brown and white fur … Continue reading Introducing Beau…Part 4, Dogs are Family, too!

Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!


Contributing Author--My Son, Jeff Adventurers at Heart Our children, Bobby, 14; Jeff, 12; and Jennifer 7, were always adventurers at heart. I like to think they got this trait from me, and I got it from my maternal grandmother, Loretta Lathrop Ford. I wish so very much that they had had a chance to know … Continue reading Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!

Dogs Are Family, Too – Part 2


UPDATE - June 30, 2013: My brother in 1973 at the age of 15 tried with all his might to build a wheelchair for DeeDee but the technology wasn't there yet.  If DeeDee had been alive and became crippled today, new options are available, see below: ------------------------------------------------------- On Presidents' Day in 1970, Bob and I … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too – Part 2

Dogs Are Family, Too!


To borrow just a few words from my good friends at Google, "the loyalty, affection, and exploits" of my dogs throughout my years on this earth have inspired a rich body of true, sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad stories that have only added to my life events.  My blog would be incomplete without at least a … Continue reading Dogs Are Family, Too!

That Time We Went Hunting…


A Story From Around the Kitchen Table As we sat around the kitchen table this morning, our forty-something son told us a story today that we never had heard from him before. It seems two young men, he and a buddy, went into the woods deep behind a cousin's home one late Friday afternoon to … Continue reading That Time We Went Hunting…

27 Delightful Obsolete Words It’s High Time We Revived Them – A Remix


On March 25, 2013, Luke Lewis, of BuzzFeed.com, first posted 27 images of owls (with etymologies, meanings, and uses of  27 words whose origins range in dates from the 1500's to the 1900's. I found these words interesting because of my blog's focus on our heritage and reflections from the past. You may find some … Continue reading 27 Delightful Obsolete Words It’s High Time We Revived Them – A Remix

Ah Spring, You Have Come!


Today is Monday, March 25, 2013, and we're in Southern Maryland -- a few days into Spring --- and we awakened to newly fallen snow that promises to continue into tomorrow.  And when letting the dogs outside, it just seemed appropriate to enjoy yet another gift from above.  It was so crisp and clean it … Continue reading Ah Spring, You Have Come!