Sewing the Seeds from One Generation to Another

 

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As a writer on social media, you never really know what will impact your audience. For example, a recent post on my Facebook page set a personal page page record for likes in just two days. The entry contained the above two pictures plus the simple line — Audrey made this dress with some help from her grandmother. So pretty!

The post recorded 161 likes.

But here’s the funny thing. I had absolutely nothing to do with the entry. It was posted and written by my daughter-in-law Shannon. The pictures are of my 8-year-old granddaughter. With a lot of help from my wife Judy (who, of course is also her grandmother), Audrey designed and sewed the dress displayed. The entry only appeared on my page because I was tagged in my daughter-in-law’s post.

So why did this post strike such a chord?

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Pinning Down The Powerful Pluses of Acupuncture

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me 

If my wife had never scolded me on that Sunday, I probably never would have gone to my first acupuncture session. And if it weren’t for acupuncture, I’m certain I wouldn’t feel as good as I do today.

I will spare you all the medical details, but eight years ago I was struck by extremely discomforting chronic prostatitis, which I later learned was triggering my first-ever bout of severe chemical depression.

I visited many doctors and specialists. I had undergone a battery of tests. I had tried numerous prescriptions. But there was simply no improvement.

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When It Comes to Grandkids, How to Turn Christmas Gifts from No-No-Nos to Ho-Ho-Hos

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

With less than a week left until Christmas, family members all over the world are making silent, solemn, last-minute promises to be nice and not naughty this season when they gather together to celebrate the holidays.

No time signifies the special bonds of family more than Christmas. But too often, instead of familial peace, such gatherings disintegrate into verbal free-for-alls followed by abrupt, dramatic exits.

There are almost as many culprits for these explosions as there are white whiskers in Santa’s beard. Generational conflicts. Political differences. Seasonal pressures. Too much eggnog. Grandma getting run over by a reindeer.

Why even the wonderful tradition of exchanging gifts can lead to Grinch-like misadventures.

Obviously, not all the reasons for family holiday disputes are easy to address, but in the spirit of the season, here are a few last-minute offerings for grandparents (and actually all relatives) about gifting that, if followed, should greatly reduce any potential problems in that area.

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Targeting In On a Tough-to-Get Christmas Gift

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It’s a Christmas-season problem that families all over America have probably experienced at one time or another. But this year it involved our niece Tara, which, of course, meant it also involved her favorite Aunt Judy, who just happens to be my wife of 43 years. Ergo, I also got sucked in.

Tara’s two youngest daughters wanted what is this year’s most difficult holiday item to find (which, because of Santa involvement and the possibility of lawsuits, I will only identify here as Match-ibles).

Apparently, according to Money magazine, these are interactive stuffed animals that a child gets to help hatch from an egg and then teach to walk, talk, and play.

They cost between $60 and $70 in stores. But that is where the problem comes in. You see this season’s must-have toy is virtually sold out in stores and on major retailer websites.

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Should You Hang Up Your Jeans at 53? The Jean Jeanie Says ‘No Way’

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

It’s a good thing I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion advice or I would probably be feeling really badly about wasting $40 last week.

Realizing that a new season was here and not having bought any jeans for more than two years, I decided to pick up two pairs at Target last week.

Only hours after I got home, I found out from a Facebook post that I had engaged in a new fashion faux pas.

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For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

When it comes to funerals, many Baby Boomers are literally thinking outside the box.

Of course, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have been constantly reinventing most life stages as they have been passing through them. So why should death be any different?

Over the next few years, you should be prepared to encounter a whole different array of extremely personalized funerals.

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Make Sure You READ with Your Grandkids

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Almost all grandparents realize that their grandchildren benefit when they read to them.

However, if you want to really maximize the educational benefit of such an activity, you should READ when you read.

And just what is READ?

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