A Holocaust Survivor’s Child Shares National Council of Jewish Women’s Response to Events at The Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Principles of Active Shooter Training to Incorporate in Daily Life, and How to Talk to Grandchildren About Terrorism

As a child of Holocaust survivors, I was not only horrified, I was and am terrified by the January 15, 2022 terrorist attack on the synagogue in Texas. We children of Holocaust survivors tend to immediately go to catastrophe, so this being the third tragedy of this sort in three years, I think the state […]

We Boomers Have Been Waiting For the Exciting New Global News Organization Going to Be Started By Ben Smith, Media Columnist for the New York Times, and Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media Chief Executive Officer

This Grandma, now retired, has the time daily and I read the local newspaper, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. On line, I read Apple News and Flipboard and most of the news articles published daily, PBS and BBC News. On TV, I watch […]

The Wiring in Grandma’s Brain is the Subject of A New 2021 Study and the Findings Reaffirm our Place in the World

“You know that special bond your mother seems to have with your kids? The one she doesn’t seem to have with anyone else — even you? You’re not just imagining it, according to a new study.” This was the beginning of a CNN article, by Madeline Holcombe, November 19,2021, “Is Your Mom Warmer with her […]

Gratitude in the New Year 2022 For the Lifetime Benefit to Us Boomers of a Combination of Active, Daily Activities

This Grandma recently ran into a professional colleague I had not seen in nearly five years. It is hard to believe I am retired from the bench for five years. I was surprised at his appearance, as he now has pure white hair of that which was left on his head, which was not much. […]

The Children’s Song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. . . “ Brings us To Three Important Tips For Boomer Grandparents’ “Eyes, Ears, Mouth, And Nose.”

This Grandma loves the exercise and movement song to sing with grandchildren from toddlers to older than you would expect: Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, Knees and toes. Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, Knees and toes. Eyes and ears and mouth, and nose, Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, Knees and toes. Yes, we grandparents progressively […]

The Best Acknowledgments From Grandchildren When Grandparents Give Them Gifts and 2021 Ideas For Charitable Giving By Grandchildren

Eight years ago, January 27, 2013, I wrote a blog post about thank you notes from grandchildren which was then a topic on the Today Show and on line, “ Should Grandchildren be Forced to Write Grandma a Thank You Note.” I know because the issue is the subject of an inquiry on an ASK […]

The Best 2021 Holiday Presents for Our Preteen, Teenage, and College Aged Grandchildren and What They Want As Presents for The Holidays 2021

In 2014, I wrote a post, “What Our Grandchildren Want as Presents. Then I did not have college aged grandchildren or teenaged grandchildren. It is hard for me to believe that I have a grandchild in college, much less grandchildren in high school and middle school. Much of what I wrote in 2014 holds for […]

Long Distance Grandma Thinks Creatively When Celebrating the Holidays with the Top Four Tips for Making Holidays Joyful

Since the birth of the oldest grandchild, this Grandma realized that celebration of holidays was going to be a challenge being a long distance away. Since then, the oldest set of grandchildren remain in New England, which the parents of the younger set of grandchildren moved from Mid Atlantic to Mid West. This long distance […]

No Bake Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies and Place Cards to Make With Grandchildren

For Thanksgivings past, the preschool grandchildren came home with Thanksgiving decorations that I have kept and still adorn our Thanksgiving table.  Years past, I did arts and crafts and made leaf place cards or let the young grandchildren make place cards of their own creativity.  As much as I could for holidays, I tried to […]

Cars, Trucks, Construction Vehicles and Toys and Books Galore For Holiday Gifts 2021

Having five grandsons means learning a lot about cars, trucks and construction vehicles.  Our youngest grandson, age three, has a girl cousin, also age three.  Watching them at his house playing with his cars, trucks and construction vehicles was enlightening.  They both lined every matchbox size car in a row.  They both use the flatbed […]

A New Baby Has Been Born Into Our Holocaust Family

Yesterday, a new baby was born into our Holocaust family. A new baby in the family is a momentous event but to a Holocaust family, the emotions that it unleashes bring bittersweet memories of what a new life means to the family. Our family is small due the murders of most of the members of […]

Honoring My Mother-In-Law Today and Forever

Ten years ago, I wrote a blog post about my mother-in-law, “My Mother-in-Law, the Star,” honoring her and everything about her which made her special to me as a mother-in-law, and special to everyone in our family as our GG, great grandmother, and matriarch of our family. GG Lee was eighty-eight years old ten years […]

Take the Spookiness Out of Halloween 2021 with A Celebration of National Cookie Month

Halloween was and is always special to this Grandma. It enabled me, as a long distance grandma, to help select and buy Halloween costumes for the grandchildren since they were babies. See, for example, “It’s Time to Find the Best Halloween Costume for Grandchildren Again,”  and “Halloween Costumes are a Great Grandma Gift,” and other […]

Little Known Natural Helpful Tips For Living With Palpitations, Dizziness, and Low Blood Pressure

This Grandma loves Western medicine and Eastern medicine alternatives. Although I hate needles, I have found acupuncture helpful at times. The key is the expertise of the acupuncturist and honesty about whether or not acupuncture will help for the ailment. Best of all, I love natural methods that work for dealing with medical issues. I […]

COVID-19 shots For Kids 5-12 A No Brainer: What You May Not Know And Should Share

PFIZER HAS OFFICIALLY ASKED THE FDA TO AUTHORIZE THE COVID-19 VACCINE FOR KIDS AGED 5-11 AND AUTHORIZATION SHOULD BE FORTHCOMING SOON. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS WANTS TO SEE THE COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVED FOR CHILDREN AGED 5-11. Skipping or delaying any childhood vaccinations is dangerous. COVID-19 SHOTS FOR KIDS 5-12 IS A NO BRAINER: WHAT […]

Three Preschooler Studies That Will Make Parents of Our Grandchildren Lives Better

This Grandma has collected Science Daily reported Baby Studies for over a decade and recently wrote a post on six of the best that include easy to incorporate tips during interactions with your baby and toddler grandchildren and to pass along to their parents. I also collect Science Daily reported studies on preschoolers. There are […]

I AM A REFUGEE. I LOVE AMERICA

One Sunday morning, I was watching news reels of Afghan refugees carrying babies. It hit home to me, as I was a baby brought to America at six months old by my Holocaust survivor parents. I sat down at the computer and began to write what I intended to be a blog post. After I […]

From Facebook About How Living Longer Brings Learning and Wisdom To Share to Improve Quality of Life

This Grandma is new to social media. When I was a sitting judge in Florida, I was constrained from participating in social media. I never participated in Facebook and, retired from the bench, really enjoy it now. Posts from my friends and acquaintances keep me connected in this COVID era. I am reluctant to pass […]

Thinking Posts About Masks Were Done Months Ago: Back To School With Masked Grandchildren is Not What This Grandma Expected

When I wrote the last blog post about masks, I really thought it was going to be my last. Now with schools starting in Florida, parents are fighting for and against masks in school. The school board in Broward County, where Fort Lauderdale is located, has determined that the only safe way to open schools […]