By Debra Karplus
I’m organizing some drawers and stumble upon a shoebox containing five years of my diaries from the 1960s. They are covered with some green-ish moldy-looking stuff, but they don’t smell funky. But, perhaps my sixty-something year old sense of smell is not as acute as it used to be.
These days you [...]
Where’s a stork when you need one?
There’s nothing like that instant feeling of exhilaration when you learn you’re going to be a grandparent, whether it’s the first time or you’ve been down that road before. You start stocking up on baby supplies and infant toys. You select a snappy new nickname for yourself. [...]
By Susan M. Tiberghien
In my mother’s recipe box is a well-fingered card spattered with sugar and love. It is titled “Gaga’s Christmas Stollen.”
Gaga was my mother’s mother. At 16, she sailed alone from Switzerland to America. She married a German immigrant and had one daughter. Widowed young, she moved from Washington to [...]
Now that your grandchildren are back in school—much to the rejoicing of their parents—it’s time to ponder everything you soaked up this summer under the kids’ expert tutelage. Like how many games of Go Fish you can play in a row, where to find the best corn dogs or shave ice, and why One [...]
Robin and his grandmother are welcomed by their newly discovered relatives in Mexico on the steps of the factory where Robin Bayley’s great-grandfather once worked. Robin and his grandmother are in the second row from the bottom, 8th and 7th from the left.
Londoner Robin Bayley and his grandmother tracked their family secret all [...]
Flower children. Deadheads. Yuppies. Grandparents? Like students bewildered by the SAT question that asks which word doesn’t belong in the list, we keep wondering how grandparent crept onto our résumé.
As much as we loved our own grandpas and grandmas when we were kids, we couldn’t help noticing [...]