Regular readers of my posts quite likely already have noticed that these writings are about the histories of people, places, and things that I have recalled, researched, or fact-checked to the best of my ability and chronicled here because I hold something about their existence near and dear to my heart. Infrequently though, I add … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow: To be, or not to be
Ghosts of D.C. often posts images and backstories about pastimes of people and places in our Nation's Capital, the District of Columbia. Its story this time is about an 1800's Hotel that hosted many famous events and people and like our American culture fell upon hard times during the Great Depression and in 1935 became … Continue reading Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue – Ghosts of DC
Where Are We? We are about 1,500 miles away from home in the Caribbean on the West Indies Island known as Hispaniola--the second largest island in the Caribbean within the Greater Antilles. It occupies an area of 29,418 square miles. Haiti occupies the western third of the Hispaniola island and the remaining eastern two-thirds make … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected — John Rolfe Was Here, Too!
I'm branching out this morning--taking that little fork in the road if you will. This post still shares with you my feelings about my love of God, church, family, special moments, memories, and family histories. However, in it, I also reveal my love for good music, a good book or a good movie; and, how I spend … Continue reading A Sunday Morning Visit With Me and “Mr. Church”
A Different Look At Our Everyday Lives Over the past five years and about 300 posts, Our Unbounded Heritage blog has focused on families and their histories--the people, places; the notables, historic events, and everyday moments that somehow changed our lives--and these moments in time can be said to be our memories stitched together--most often through love for one … Continue reading Memories are Stitched with Love
It's been over a month since any inspiration has come to me to write a post on my family history and genealogy page. And then, this morning, I watched a video that took me back to my early teens. My maternal grandmother, Alice Lauretta (Loretta) Lathrop Ford, had suffered several heart attacks and now lived with my parents, … Continue reading It was Wunnerful, Wunnerful While it Lasted
By Doug Most GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 26, 2015 Alice's Restaurant It was 50 years ago, Thanksgiving in 1965, when an 18-year-old rising folk singer named Arlo Davy Guthrie drove up from Queens, N.Y., to Great Barrington to visit a friend named Alice Brock. While he was there, he did Alice and her husband, Ray, a favor. … Continue reading 50 Years Ago, Thanksgiving 1965 with Arlo Guthrie
Bob Dylan--an American singer, songwriter, artist and writer He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1997, Bob Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation's highest award for … Continue reading The Times, They are a Changin…
I'm not sure why I left this post in draft form for nearly a year now. But, my posting of the following article as sourced by Claudia Swain, one of the authors of WETA's local history blog; "Boundary Stones," struck a chord with me regarding this presidential election's "anything goes" characterizations, attitudes and posturing.On Election Day … Continue reading People, Politics, and Pastimes of the Day
December 25, 1659: Christmas Celebration Outlawed To put this story in context, Massachusetts was home to many of the Lo-Lathrop family, my maternal grandmother's ancestors and significant leaders in the making of the "New England" in America. My 9th great grandfather, Rev. John Lathrop, was one of the first and was the founder of Barnstable, … Continue reading Ford and Lo-Lathrop Families Among Puritans Who Ban Christmas in MA
Have You Been Scrooged or Is Family Your Focus? How's your pre-Christmas spirit going this year? Have you just about had it with all the hustle and bustle that leads up to the big day? Has your focus been on the reason for the season or has societal pressure and extreme commercialism pulled you in? … Continue reading How’s Your Pre-Christmas Spirit?
"Old Christmas fare did not include the turkey, now the modern Christmas bird. In olden days, a roasted peacock took its place on the festive board." Last week I wrote about the great newspaper archives at fultonhistory.com. I promised I would go back and take a closer look. So I searched for the word Christmas … Continue reading Odd Christmas Customs From Newspaper Archives!
It has become a tradition in our family for the past 10 years or so (passed down from my maternal grandmother, Loretta, my mom, Norma, as they got older) that my daughter-in-law and I shop and prepare food for about 30 loved ones on our special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Despite her full-time career, … Continue reading A Renaissance Christmas Dinner – Published 1660
Ecclesiastes 3:1-9: A Time for Everything 1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and … Continue reading A Time for Everything…
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 Blog's Second Year Anniversary Two years ago this week I wrote my first blog post. My purpose was to collect, clarify, authenticate, preserve, and publish all relevant genealogical information intended as a legacy to my family. I want to leave them with as complete and accurate an accounting of our family's past; to honor those who came before … Continue reading What’s on the Thanksgiving Table in your Home State?
This Post contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age When both your parents have Alzheimer's dementia you often live your life in the midst of turmoil with only an occasional few moments of reprieve from strife, unrest, anxiety, confusion, and other medical maladies. That pretty much describes … Continue reading Rated BP-14
As 60 Minutes nonagenarian reporter Andy Rooney used to say; "D'ya ever..." Well, I'm saying it now; "D'ya ever attend a "reveal" party?" I would bet Andy in all his 92 years never did. Reveal parties are a new 21st-century phenomenon that began in the United States, possibly on the Today Show in 2010 when TLC's 19 … Continue reading D’ya Ever Attend a “Reveal” Party?
In Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare's 1597 play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says in reference to Romeo's surname, Montague, that they should ignore his surname which is meaningless to them so they could be together. Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State I love infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended … Continue reading Really–Just How Important is Your Given Name?
Facebook Post on Origins of Expressions This morning my daughter shared a September 3, 2014, Facebook post created by Dan Steele (Dan Balam) of Norfolk, Virginia. His post was an easy and fun read that got me to questioning whether the origins of the terms and phrases actually had been proven true or were myths … Continue reading We Just Didn’t Make This Stuff Up…Or, Did We?