Veterans Day Reflections

Each year on November 11th, we observe Veterans Day which had its beginnings with Armistice Day.  The Armistice, that brought an end to World War I, was signed in France, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 which was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Twenty years later in 1938, Armistice Day becameContinue reading “Veterans Day Reflections”

Letters Home – From a WWII B-17 Crewman

During World War II, letters from home helped increase the morale of our country’s soldiers, sailors and airmen fighting around the world. The amount of mail crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans each day was remarkable. In 1945, nearly three billion letters were exchanged between service members and friends and family.1 “Mail call” was one ofContinue reading “Letters Home – From a WWII B-17 Crewman”

150th Anniversary of The Spalding Memorial

If you’ve ever written a short story, published a book, created a blog, or even captured your memoirs, could you imagine your work being referenced 150 years later? This is exactly the case of the research by Dr. Samuel J. Spalding of Newburyport, Massachusetts in a book called The Spalding Memorial published in 1872. This year (2022)Continue reading “150th Anniversary of The Spalding Memorial”

The Overcomer

According to Webster’s Dictionary, a person who overcomes is “one who succeeds in dealing with, or gaining control of, some problem or difficulty”. Is it easy for you to overcome? If that’s the case, you should be thankful, as many have to work hard at being an overcomer. Although challenging, an overcoming mindset is one that we allContinue reading “The Overcomer”

A Mother’s Sacrifice

Every year on the second Sunday of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. A once a year recognition of a mother’s sacrifice just doesn’t seem to bestow the justified tribute a mother deserves. Mothers are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Mothers are cooks, maids, ministers, shoppers, teachers, nurses, schedulers, drivers, handywoman,Continue reading “A Mother’s Sacrifice”

The Small World Phenomena

I’ve been watching the fascinating, albeit slow moving, The Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel. This reality television series chronicles a team of treasure hunters and their search for legendary treasure on Oak Island, on the coastal area of Nova Scotia, Canada.  In one of the episodes, a theory was presented that treasure was buried on Oak IslandContinue reading “The Small World Phenomena”

Memorial Day – The Story of Oscar Spaulding

I wish we didn’t have to have Memorial Day, but I’m thankful that we do.  I’m someone saddened these days because I believe we’ve lost the focus and the original intent of Memorial Day. It just seems that Memorial Day weekend is primarily known today for kicking off the beginning of summer. It’s when theContinue reading “Memorial Day – The Story of Oscar Spaulding”

The 21 Steps

You’ve likely concluded from the feature image photographed at Arlington National Cemetery that this post is not one of those self help blueprints. I’m not going to provide the “21 guaranteed steps to early retirement” or the “21 proven steps to loosing weight”. Actually, this post has nothing to do with those kind of “steps”Continue reading “The 21 Steps”

Sons of Liberty

The American Revolution was a war waged on the home-front as horrific battles were fought in each of the thirteen colonial states. The American Revolution was also personal as many American families sacrificed for their newly emerging country. My sixth great-grandparents James and Sarah Spaulding were such a family. How did they sacrifice? They proudlyContinue reading “Sons of Liberty”

How Many Ancestors Does it Take to…

Have your ever sat down and gave some serious thought as to what it took to bring your life into existence? Now, this is not the birds and bees talk—I’ll leave that to you Moms and Dads. And I’m not speaking here of the more important spiritual answer to that question which is clearly recordedContinue reading “How Many Ancestors Does it Take to…”