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

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

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

Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition?


Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition I was pleasantly surprised today when visiting the Internet to see a 1970 TV clipping--in full color--through my computer screen of a portion of a Bob Hope TV Special celebrating the 4th of July.  (Note that my computer screen is bigger than our first few black and white TV's--which by … Continue reading Coincidence, Perfect Timing, or Premonition?

The History and Demise of Cursive Writing


Cursive, the Secret Language of Adults  Cursive Handwriting - A Centuries-Old Art1   "For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery. The sinuous letters of the cursive alphabet, swirled on countless love letters, credit card slips and banners above elementary school chalk boards are going … Continue reading The History and Demise of Cursive Writing

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

More Perspectives Into Our Southern Ancestry


Since its founding in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has been helping its members to research, record, and tell their own unique family stories. The following story was published in the American Ancestor Magazine in April 1986 and lends yet another perspective into my southern ancestry.  I have added some sketches, pictures, maps, … Continue reading More Perspectives Into Our Southern Ancestry

Mother of the Modern Hospice Movement: Rose Hawthorne Lathrop/Mother Mary Alphonsa


Here's yet another story of our Lathrop family lineage that adds to our long and growing list of notables... It further exhibits their societal/cultural status as well as their talents and gifts for writing, painting, illustrating, and their lifelong philanthropic dedication and commitment. Rose Hawthorne Founder of the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer (1851-1926) … Continue reading Mother of the Modern Hospice Movement: Rose Hawthorne Lathrop/Mother Mary Alphonsa

Chance Encounters and Instant Connections


As Bob made a very long and wide turn from the drive with our Ford F-150 truck to park it in a handicapped space another car came from the opposite side of the drive and pulled straight into the space next to us. We were both laughing about our similar aches and limps as we … Continue reading Chance Encounters and Instant Connections

As Busy As A Spider Spinning Day Dreams…


... a key lyric in one of the popular songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's score for the 1945 movie State Fair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ijcvw5IfdY Add to this fact that schools nationwide just started back for the year, kids sports and music lessons and events get underway, new and returning TV shows start premiering, and the lovely Fall … Continue reading As Busy As A Spider Spinning Day Dreams…

Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This”


While driving from my home to my parents this morning, I heard a song on a country radio station that affected me so deeply that I had to pull off the side of the road until it had ended and I had composed myself again.  The music, lyrics, and singing were great, but its sentiment … Continue reading Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This”

ISO Ancestral Gifts and Talents: I’ve Got the Music In Me, Part 7


This post continues a discussion I began on FaceBook about three months ago, "Has anyone documented gifts and talents, especially musicality of Bolling ancestors?"  The post received about 100 views and several responses from a dozen or so descendants of the Bolling family.  So, I thought I would summarize the anecdotal information below and include a … Continue reading ISO Ancestral Gifts and Talents: I’ve Got the Music In Me, Part 7

I’ve Got the Music In Me – Part 6


Bach's Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring My Beautiful and talented GREAT Niece - Alyssa Nicole LaLone on Saturday, June 1, 2013, granddaughter of my brother Frank and his wife Diane, and daughter of their daughter, Jessica and Todd LaLone,  celebrates her 8th birthday. I've Got The Music In Me (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, or Part 5) … Continue reading I’ve Got the Music In Me – Part 6

It’s a Small World…


A Follow-On to I’ve Got the Music in Me–and Oh, How it Moves Me! – Part 3 On February 25, 2013, I published a blog I’ve Got the Music in Me–and Oh, How it Moves Me! – Part 3.  It included a song with lyrics sung by C. Daniel Boling, who shares the surname,talents and heritage of the Boling family. … Continue reading It’s a Small World…