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

Science Fair projects teach entrepreneurship

Science Fairs are a great opportunity to to model the skills necessary for our children to become the  entrepeneurs of the future Click here to read this post...more

Ten Reasons I Love Being a Grandparent

I have been a grandparent for three years now. When I left from a visit with my grandchildren and driving home, I was thinking about how they make me feel whenever I am with them. 1. I smile more. 2. They bring out the child in me. 3. I get to bring "presents" that make them smile. 4. They listen and everything I say is important. 5. When I'm around and they feel sad, I'm the super-helping hero. 6. It's always playtime. I get to forget about everything else. 7. There is always time for a good book. 8. I win a grammy for best song. 9....more