The Pope has left the building. He inspired hope. Now it's our turn to respond by acting on that hope.
Facebook recently crept over 1.23 billion monthly active users, while over the past few days the social media giant's site has crashed, leading to multiple catastrophes across this great land.
Over a holiday weekend, it's always our hope to have the company of our preschool grandchildren. And after they leave, it's our hope to someday get all of our electronics working again.
If there is a grandmother alive who doesn't love to talk about her grandchild, I haven't met her. Grandmothers adore talking about their grandchildren. Especially when the little ones are babies. I haven't experienced being a grandmother firsthand. I'm behind scheduled in that department.
Like an anthropologist who practices participant observation I have come to discover that 8-year-old boys and 84-year-old women are similar in ways that bug the crap out of me.
"It's as personal as it can get. There are good days and bad ones, but it's a very personal fight worth staying in the long run for. He's my grandson...
"Speaking of class differences..." began the distraught 60-something woman whom I'll call Elizabeth (in honor of the Queen). As she put down her glass of wine, she launched into a several-minute tirade about her daughter-in-law's decision to pierce the baby's ears. In her mind, it was not "right."
Whether assisting with care, finances or fun -- grandparents, grand-aunts and uncles and grandfriends are stepping up to make sure the children in their lives succeed.
Does grandma get to see your baby regularly? Grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren once a week, a small study showed, may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's.
After 80 years, Social Security has stood the test of time. It is incredibly efficient, spending less than a penny of every dollar on administration -- the remaining 99 cents is paid in benefits. The question isn't can we afford to expand Social Security. As the wealthiest nation in the world, at the wealthiest moment in our history, there is no question that we can afford to expand Social Security. The real question is how can we afford not to do so.
How the emergence of grandmothers helped build monogamy You may remember the saving moment when granny arrived on the scene, a few days after the fir...
We learn to be grandparents while we are still only parents. Even as our children are tiny, long before we can imagine their offspring, we are watching and learning from those who have parented for far longer than we have.
My children's three grandmothers all have this desire to "spoil" my kids with food. They love to hand out treats and bring an assortment of goodies every time they visit. Did I mention we have three grandmothers?
When my eldest daughter was about 8 years old, she was often bothered by her paternal grandparents' attitude towards me. Being her mom, I found it hard to see her feeling distraught, especially because of people she should feel good about loving: her grandparents.
My daughter, my eldest child, just had her first child -- a baby boy. They live in Israel, and I flew over for his birth and to help afterwards. What was meant to be a two-week trip, became four and I became an integral part of a very important time in my first grand baby's life, and in those first few weeks that my daughter became a mother.