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Look Grandma, No Hands!


A few weeks ago my 5 1/4 year old grandson looked at me with his big, brown eyes and asked me in his soft, sweet voice, “Omi, remember a long time ago you told me you would buy me a 2-wheeler when I turned 5?” No, I didn’t remember but I could hear myself saying that when he turned three and learned to ride his brother’s bike. So, I told my grandson that if he’s a really good boy and his Mommy says it’s okay, we will go get him a new bike. I was actually impressed that he waited 3 months past his birthday to tell me that the purchase was past due. “Whew,” he said, apparently relieved that his request was being considered. It’s so much fun buying the kids things, but even more fun when they enjoy and relish the new toys. In this case, my grandson came over to me and gave me a big hug … Continue reading


Lessons Learned from Lost Items


These days I spend a lot of my time looking for things. I get into the car to go somewhere and pretty soon I’m running back to the house to look for my sunglasses. The other day I realized just as I was about to pull out of the driveway that my cell phone was not in my purse and we all know what that means. Calling the phone and then if I hear it – or worse, I don’t hear it because it’s turned off – I am frantically looking around for it. A few days ago, right before the bris of my newest grandson I realized I was missing my watch. Even though I remembered taking it off and putting it on my night table before going to sleep the night before, I couldn’t find it there or anywhere. Okay, my arm felt naked and it bothered me not to have my lovely watch, but I tried to let … Continue reading


The Art of Giving Space to New Parents


The news of our son’s new baby, a firstborn son for him,  came late Wednesday night.  My husband called  from an errand  and told me the exciting news that he had just heard from the new father. “Mazel Tov! It’s a boy!” shouted my husband, in his characteristic sharing-good-news voice. “What? Oh wow! Mazel Tov!” I answered in my semi-sleep state. I called my son and daughter-in-law, wished them mazel tov and got all the details – like baby’s weight, the labor and the fun birth-story tidbits that all of us new and older moms enjoy sharing. Soon, my daughter-in-law sent me a few photos of the baby. I couldn’t believe this. Already they were snapping and sharing pictures? How cool is that? Times are a-changing. Couples nowadays are very savvy at  getting right into things. Immediately. Next came an adorable video of my dil talking to her 15 minute old son and his responses via tongue wagging, eyes blinking and body stretching. Another insight into … Continue reading


Thumbs Up to 10 Blogging Buddies


As we enter the New Year of 2016,  I thank a group of  people who enrich my life with their insights and creativity. They enlighten me with their humor and spirituality. And they inform me with their knowledge and wit. Most of these women are  younger than me; some are older and a few are just about my age and stage. Whether they blog about parenting, spirituality, grandparenting, midlife issues, world events,  religion or anything else…their sharing of ideas online  has improved my life. Without further ado, I wish a Happy 2016 t0 the following talented bloggers (listed below in alphabetical order). 1. An Empowered Spirit. Cathy Chester From writing and advocating for those who have multiple sclerosis to bringing a positive angle from events….to teaching us the value of friendship and love….kindness and creativity to her friends and acquaintances…to reminiscing about oldies in movies, books and culture…to sharing exciting happenings in showbiz and musicals…..and how to age with grace and love and humor, and mindfulness….Cathy’s prose always inspires, hits the spot. Her ideas expressed on popular sites … Continue reading


When the World Around Us Is Crumbling, Embracing Inner Change


Just this morning, the LAUSD (Los Angeles public school system) and other school systems received “credible threats” leading some to shut down the doors  to the schools. We hear this news and we are scared, insecure and feeling powerless. But sometimes it seems that changes in the outer world have the odd benefit of causing self-reflection. Recently I’ve been thinking about how I’ve changed  over the years. Most importantly, my identity about who I am versus who I was is more defined for me these days than it ever was. At the core, I’m still the same person. Yet, my hobbies, how I occupy my time, my life goals, and my overall perception of myself have gone through small and large gradations. On the exterior, I’m a hybrid of middle aged dieter and sometimes-exerciser, part time music therapist, English teacher, home owner (new kitchen remodeler!), broken ankle survivor, grandmother, writer, blogger, friend, daughter, mother-in-law. (not in that order, please). My relationships keep expanding: … Continue reading


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