Our world is so very large and yet we seem to travel in circles For example, today I had an absolutely delightful and rare lunch date at a small cafe at Friendship Maryland's Herrington Harbor South Marina Resort on the Chesapeake Bay. My daughter and I joined a mutual friend who we have had only limited contact with … Continue reading Our World Is Full Of Circles
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…
The following article was published February 9,2015, by the New York Public Library. I have re posted it here because it best describes my blogging's purpose, reasons, and experiences. The information I've gathered, the places I've been and the very kind people that I have come into contact with through my research and writing adventures … Continue reading 20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History
My mom has told me a story about my relationship with my Cherokee maternal great-grandmother, Mary Susan Morris Ford, ever since I was old enough to talk. Unfortunately, I was only 14 months old when Grandma Susan passed at 73 years old. The story goes like this. My great-grandmother went to sleep one night and when she … Continue reading You Little Dickens!
Reflections my Past Labor Days When I reflect on the meaning of Labor Day from my childhood years, I think: end of summer; back to school tomorrow; our family get together's which always included outdoor picnics; softball, badminton and other games; watermelon, potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, ice cream, and cake. And, in … Continue reading Why do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day?
Girls Day Out We had a girls' day out on Saturday, August 11--my granddaughter, daughter and me (+1 grandson), to celebrate my millennial grand daughter's 14th birthday. While having lunch, I asked them to name a film or films that they had watched three times or more. Naturally, the Wizard of Oz and its amazing … Continue reading Happy 75th Anniversary to The Wizard of Oz Movie
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
Sometimes when searching for one thing you come across something entirely different, but the smell of old relics opens your senses, the aged paper catches your eye, and the written words touch deep into your heart; You're caught in the moment and it causes you to wonder once again what her life must have been … Continue reading Revisiting Lottie’s Cardboard Box of Momentos
Home of the Brave About 1-1/2 years ago, I wrote a blog post From Everyday Moments May Come Precious Memories where I noted my feelings, ties, and respect for my mom's grandfather, John Carpenter Ford; her parents, Robert Gideon and Loretta Ford; and her brother, my uncle, John Austin Ford. The Ford family was intricately involved with me in … Continue reading Remembering Loved Ones for Their Military Services
Friday, April 11, 2014 On Saturday, April 12 , 2014, Robert Joseph II's (our eldest son--age 47, left) eldest son, Robert Joseph III, (nearly 27), wed the love of his life, Corrie, in Chicago, IL. As their story goes, "Joe" and Corrie were among the nearly 13,000 who annually attended Liberty University (the largest Christian … Continue reading Chi-Town –The Wedding Weekend, Part II
It’s been nearly two months since I have posted anything new on my blog site. No, I haven’t had writer’s block, genealogical brick walls that I couldn’t break down, or outside enjoying the snow and extreme winter temps. To the contrary, I believe I just became overwhelmed by the volume of my every day and … Continue reading Sharing Two Months of Moments…
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!
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!
Dark, cloudy skies with intermittent heavy downpours to sprinklings of rain make today the perfect day for exploring, researching, and documenting new finds. Among my many searches today to complement draft posts to come, I entered just two of the 13 Presidential Libraries (Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S.Truman Libraries), which have their collections online. … Continue reading Found In the Archives from December 8, 1941
A Prelude to Father's Day 2013 My dad, now 84, has always had a great sense of responsibility toward family, friends, neighbors, community, and sometimes even strangers in need. He follows the letter of the law without ever once bending a rule. He dots all his I's and crosses all his T's. But when it … Continue reading A Poem to Me Mudder
Some of us struggle in life and are too proud to ask for guidance or help. Some lives are in destructive ruts and we are blind to them. We all have a loved one, neighbor, or friend who we might like to help, but we are frozen in fear of being so bold to intrude … Continue reading Life is Precious and Sometimes Wild–Let’s Just Do It!
Reflecting Upon Everyday Moments that became Precious and Often Indelible Memories April 15, 2013--marked the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. The popular event is held annually on Patriots' Day, to commemorate the 1775 battles of Lexington and Concord that kicked off the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Events in Boston … Continue reading Patriots Day, Boston 2013: Another Indelible Memory
When cleaning my desk in my home office I came upon a birthday card from my second born son and his wife. I had set this card aside after initially receiving it in January 2013. When I received it, I couldn't fully focus on it with others around. I knew though that I wanted to … Continue reading When’s the Last Time You Expressed Your Feelings Through a Greeting Card?
One week after Easter, two of our sons and their wives came from Lynchburg, VA, and Nanjemoy, MD, so we could all venture into Washington, DC and enjoy the Cherry Blossoms together in full bloom--something our eldest son and his wife did on their own this time last year. (Yes, I know last year's picture reeks … Continue reading Cherry Pink, Apple Blossom White, and Red in the Face!
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