Respected women, part 1

Life is hard now. Inflation is nowhere under control, supply chains are still messed up and with the current financial and political situation in our country, people are struggling on all fronts. According to, 20 million Americans cannot pay their utility bills and the amount they owe has doubled since before the pandemic. That's … Continue reading Respected women, part 1

My funny Valentine

Say hello to my great-great-great grandfather, Valentine Bockius. Born in Maryland in 1770, he's one of the more colorful leaves on my ancestral tree. His grandfather, Johannes (John) came to America from Germany aboard the St. Mark and was 17 when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. His father died onboard during the journey. While … Continue reading My funny Valentine