Award Winning Outdoor Toys For 2018 Spring and Summer Fun

Each year the Oppenheimer Toy Awards on Toy Portfolio give us guidance as to our toy purchases.  Each year, it seems, it is harder to pry our grandchildren from their electronics to play outside.  It is more important than ever to find outdoor toys that will grab attention away from electronics.  Here are some award […]

Why Boomers’ Lives May Depend On Paying attention To Oral Health and Periodontal Disease

Here is a short true-false quiz: (persistent is defined as two weeks or more) If you have persistent bad breath it may be a sign of cancer. If you have periodontal disease, it may contribute to onset of cancer. You may teach your grandchildren that if they are taking a true-false test and do not […]

Senior Discounts Are No Joke and For the Best Senior Discounts You May Be “Carded” As You Were At Age Twenty One

When all of our friends were turning 50, Grandpa and I gave two gifts.  The first was a three year membership to AARP (now $43) because it would shock our friends that they could be a member of the American Association of Retired Persons at age 50.  The second was a book, “Unbelievably Good Deals […]

Best 2018 Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers

Each year this Grandma has tried to think of new and different Mother’s Day gifts that we grandmas might actually want to receive.  Then I think back on the Mother’s Day gifts that continue to give me joy and they are already in previous posts!  What I discovered this year was that the gifts that […]

How To Get The Yuck Out of the Ducks, Other Bath Toys and Items and The Bathtub Itself

When this Grandma tries to get to the source of a series of articles, I find some really obscure on line journals.  The one for the source of learning that rubber ducks and other such bath toys and bath items that retain bath water grow very bad bacteria and fungus, a Swiss Federal Institute of […]

Six Ways To Celebrate 2018 Earth Day and Earth Month With Grandchildren

On April 22 each year since 1970, we celebrate Earth Day, a day to appreciate and be aware of our environment and the Earth.  Earth Day has now expanded to include the entire month of April as Earth Month. In honor of Earth Day in 2016, as set forth on Wikipedia, “the landmark Paris Agreement […]

Be Aware and Beware of Little Known Adverse Consequences of DNA and Genetic Testing Before You Do Such and Before You Gift It to Loved Ones

“23 and Me” ads are all over the television.  So many people gifted this ancestry and their health genetic testing or other companies’ genetic testing to family and friends over the holidays.  Be aware and beware of little known adverse consequences of genetic testing that go way beyond a “Dear Amy” column where a woman […]

The Truths and Myths About Flu and Cold Survival You Need To Know When About on Earth and in the Air

Grandpa and I are trying. We are trying to change habits to be safer in this cold and flu season. We are trying NOT to shake hands even when others greet us with outstretched hands, and bump fist instead. See previous post “Why We Should We Stop Teaching Our Children and Grandchildren to Hug, Kiss, […]

Preserving Family History Leads To Much Less than Six Degrees of Separation with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Future Connecting With the Significant Past

“Six Degrees of Separation” a play and movie of our Boomer generation, written by American playwright John Guare, opened on Broadway in 1990, and was then nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, according to Wikipedia. It just finished a run as a revival on Broadway […]

Who Would Believe “Good Old Days” Would Be So Perfectly Described By a Thirty Four Year Old in Collaboration With a Thirty One Year Old

Once our grandchildren began listening to pop music on the radio, and it was earlier than we realized, this Grandma convinced Grandpa that we too had to listen to pop.  Since our eldest grandson is fourteen, we have been listening to pop for nearly six years.  Occasionally, we go back to music of the sixties […]

Unique Modern Art Gifts For Baby and Older Grandchildren

We grandmas are always looking for unique gifts for our grandchildren and unique decor for their rooms. I have written about books on artists, and have a special place in my heart for all things modern. See post, “Why and How to Introduce Art Masterpieces and Famous Artists to Grandchildren Through Children’s Books. Our home […]

Our Choice of Bread Defines Where We have Come From, Who We Are, and Sometimes Who We Aspire To Be

Our eleven year old granddaughter, visiting for spring break, asked for a sandwich. Ever the doting grandmother, I had purchased three different kinds of breads to have for her to choose from. I was not surprised with her selection, and with the ease of her making it. As I cut slices from the whole loaf […]

Teenagers are Like Two Year Old and We Must Remind the Parents of Our Grandchildren to Treat Them As Such

Oftentimes, in my twenty years as a family court judge, I found divorcing parents fighting over time with their teenagers.  I was always confused.  Why fight over time with children who want nothing to do with you, want to only be with their friends, have no judgment, no conscience, no fear, and need constant supervision?  […]

Poop Should Not Be A Toy and We Grandparents Should Say Phooey to Poop Toys

The article, “Toy Fair is Flush with Poo-inspired Games and Trinkets,” in the Washington Post February 24, 2018, by Mark Lennihan, has this Grandma shaking my head. Are we ready to run out to buy or click on Amazon to buy the following new poop toys introduced at the New York Toy Fair recently? *Flushin’ […]

Golden Retriever Buddies Movies Are Boomer Grandparents’ Best Home Movie Friends

We are in an era where families are having movie nights and board game nights and that is fabulous bonding time.  I find that I am competing to take grandchildren to movies that are appropriate for them, and there are few that I thoroughly enjoy as well.  It was my grandchildren who introduced me to […]

Bugaboo Steps Aside for UPPAbaby

My favorite picture of myself as a baby has me sitting up in a huge fancy baby carriage. When I had my first child, now nearly 45 years ago, I looked for a fancy baby carriage. They were not in vogue. Strollers were in. When my first grandchild was born nearly fifteen years ago, I […]

Happiness is Now Taught In College As the Younger Generation Seems to Need Be Taught What Happiness Is

The big news across media platforms that are viewed by us Boomers is Professor Laurie Santos’s “Psychology and the Good Life,” course at Yale that has nearly 1,200 students signed up.  See the New York Times, January 26, 2018, “Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness, by David Shimerjan. The New York Times article addresses the […]

Two Best Baked Apple Recipes With No Added Sugar For Toddlers To Adults

We know sugar is our enemy.  As a post menopausal woman, I was advised that my body could not process sugar but could process fat, and that I should cut sugar from my diet for weight maintenance.  I now do not worry as much about how much fat is in a food, but I monitor […]

Put The Lion King on Your Radar Screen: The Large Screen, the Small Screen and On the Stage

“The Lion King” live stage musical is the most successful production of any work in any media in entertainment, and it deserves to be.  It is having a run around the country and it is a great treat to enjoy with grandchildren, and introduce them to a live theatre musical performance.  On the Lion King […]

Why We Should We Stop Teaching Our Children and Grandchildren to Hug, Kiss, and Even Shake Hands Upon Greeting Others and What We Should Advocate Instead

Just this past week, Grandpa and I went to see a new doctor whose office was located inside a local hospital.  The doctor’s nurse who greeted us reached out to shake hands.  We declined.  The doctor, when entering the examination room, reached out to shake hands.  We declined.  Did we wonder about our care to […]