Uncle Rick – The Family Storyteller

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Puppy is Not a Dog

Puppy is Not a Dog – a glimpse into uncle rick’s life If you ever thought about it, you would probably expect that the Boyer family has had a lot of pets over the years. After all, Miz Marilyn and I raised fourteen children. And children love pets. We’ve had dogs, cats, parakeets, rabbits, crabs, horses and chickens. One of the more unusual pets was named Puppy. The unusual thing about Puppy is that he

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The Cost of Patriotism….it is good to remember!

From our A Tidbit from History Series… Francis Lewis represented New York in signing the Declaration of Independence. In 1775 he was elected to the Continental Congress and shortly thereafter moved his family to a comfortable estate on Long Island. But, it was a sad mistake. In the fall of 1776, British Colonel Birtch led his cavalrymen toward the Lewis home.  He was enraged when he found Mr. Lewis not at home to get “the

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Meet Mosby

Hey, little buddies! I’d like you to meet my buddy, Mosby. Mosby came to me as a roly-poly, eight-week-old puppy.  He is a yellow Labrador Retriever and his puppy coat was nearly white! He loved to chew on things and chase things, as puppies always do.  It had been a long time since the Boyers had had a new puppy, so everybody wanted to play with him. He was so cute that we were able

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A Tidbit from History

A Tidbit from History

When Roger Sherman came to the Continental Congress from Connecticut, he did not present a very impressive figure. He had a thick New England accent and often gestured energetically with his hands as he spoke.  But it wasn’t long before he earned the respect of his fellow representatives. This was partly because he spoke with wisdom and conviction.  It was also because of his breadth of life experience. That experience continued during his time in Congress

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Do You Like to Argue?

Do You Like to Argue?

Hey, little buddies! Let me ask you something:  do you like to argue? I’ve known some people who would rather argue than agree with the other guy, even if what they were arguing about wasn’t important at all. It’s as if they are so proud of their opinion that they really want other people to hear it. That kind of person causes a lot of arguments and hard feelings. That makes trouble for others. But,

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Nightshirts in the Cornfield

Nightshirts in the Cornfield

It was the evening of the 18th of April, 1775. Elbridge Gerry, a member of the Continental Congress from Massachusetts was staying overnight in a house near Menotomoy with his friend, Colonel Orne. There had been a meeting of a Congressional committee that day in nearby Cambridge and Gerry had taken part. The community was all abuzz with rumors of British military action.  Patriot leaders John Hancock and Sam Adams were staying in Lexington, and military

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Stonewall’s Grave and Other Interesting Things

Stonewall's Grave and Other Interesting Things

On July 29th of this year, Mrs. Marilyn and I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. Well, we didn’t exactly celebrate it on the very day.  But a couple of days later we took off on a very special trip to the little town of Lexington, Virginia. Lexington is an old town with a lot of history.  It was founded during the War of Independence and in fact was named after Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shots

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An Uncle Rick Character Lesson

An Uncle Rick Character Lesson

An Uncle Rick Character Lesson On Christmas morning of 2002, my son Nate walked into our living room and dropped a little gift on to the lap of his little sister, Carrie. The present wasn’t just for Carrie but for the whole family. It was a puppy! The tiny black morsel of dog flesh was the first dog we had owned in a few years. There were cries of joy and excitement from the whole

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Uncle Rick’s Favorite Time of the Week

One thing in my life that I really, really, love is family night. That’s when my children and grandchildren all come up to my house for a special time. Sometimes not everybody can come…maybe someone has to work, or if there are sick grand kids, they have to stay home with their mom or dad, but most of the family usually makes it to Granddad and Nana’s house on family night. It’s a fun time.

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor

“The “how” and the “why” of our beloved republic are so much better understood than the “who.” The United States of America was born in 1776 but it was conceived 169 years before that. The earliest settlers had watered the new world with much sweat. They had built substantial holdings for themselves, for their families. And when a time came to separate themselves from a tyranny an ocean away, at best it meant starting all

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