The Movie Never Ends: A Grandmother's Advice to Young Moms

Dear young mom,You look at me and see a grandmother who had her chance. You figure what I could tell you about being a mother would begin and end with a rotary phone. Nothing I know would apply now in this whole different world, more enlightened, informed, nutritious....more


 Hand WrittenLast weekend, G and I went with my mom to see some family.  And while we were there, we ended up looking through some things that had belonged to my grandparents.Among some jewelry and a few watches, was a little note.  I posted it on Facebook so if you follow me there, sorry, you’re seeing this again....more

Lessons From My Grandma

This weekend was difficult.  My grandmother is quite ill and I'm not dealing well. Nobody is. I flew to California and felt all the feelings. The one I felt the most?  Anger. Anger at the unfairness of what my grandmother is bravely enduring.   Even though mom prepared me, I was still in shock at the sight of my sweet grandma now vulnerable and dependent on a kidney dialysis machine to keep her blood clean....more

With gratitude, with love

Most gardeners, sometimes not knowingly, have an idealized image of what a garden should be and aspire to recreate it, slightly altered of course by the real conditions of their site. Mine is a bright summer morning in my grandfather's garden....more

For All the Moms of Moms

For all the moms of moms (and moms of dads).To my mom:I had no clue.No clue that being a mother was actually pretty tough. That it actually took sacrifice. That there were so many unseen acts of love.No clue that those times we just had sandwiches for supper were probably following a really long day. I am sorry if I ever complained about simple suppers. I get it now....more

Let's Mix It Up: Sharing Stories Across Generations

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If Only I Lived Closer

 If only I lived closer to my grand kids, I would see them as often as I could because let’s face it, when you are a grandparent, these little people light up your life.  When I hear their voices or I see their cute faces on my computer screen my world stops – immediately!  I want to soak up every moment that I am privileged to spend with them and just stay in that moment for as long as possible....more

40 Easter Basket Ideas for Preschoolers

Being an Easter baby, Easter baskets are one of my most favorite traditions!  I had a lot of fun coming up with this list of Easter basket ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.This list is as much for me as it is for you, my readers, because I want the “Easter Bunny” to remember to fill my toddler and preschool age daughters’ baskets with fun, useful, healthy (and affordable!) goodies each year....more

I'm Nothing Like My Grandmas

Bonnie CapraraThe Best Times of My Life ... or Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies, for that matter.</strong>...more