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The original version of General Electric’s circular logo and trademark. The trademark application was filed on July 24, 1899, and registered on September 18, 1900 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Have You Ever Visited the Old Family Homestead? On a recent trip to Schenectady, New York, where my father was born, I showed my brothers an historic plaque that honored our great-grandfather, Julius Zander, our grandmother’s father. He was an immigrant from Germany. The plaque reads: On this corner site stood first Bellevue Blacksmith shop, from 1885 to 1925. Started by Julius Zander, followed by Julius... (Read More ...)

My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Abraham. Both my uncle on my mother’s side and my grandfather on my father’s side gathered extensive family genealogical records. This year, to celebrate my 65th birthday, my Texas-based brothers decided to gather their families with mine near Boston, where one of my sons lives. During the week, we drove to Guilderland Center, near where my father was born in Schenectady, New York. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is an historic house, the Mynderse-Frederick House, there that used to belong to a... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. July 8, 2012 What Did You Get When You Graduated from High School? Monday, July 9, 2012 Trips? Books? Teeth? Does Better Gas Mileage Mean More Tolls? Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Trust. Highways. Gas. What Did You Get When You Graduated from College? Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Trips? Books? Eyes? Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Book Thursday, July 12, 2012 Pickles. Pencils. Cranes. How Do You Make Pepper Scatter Without Blowing On It? Friday, July 13, 2012 Insects. Soap. Restaurants. I Must Tell You About My Novel. Grandfather Poems. Poetry Corner, Saturday, July 14, 2012  (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, June 24, 2012 Last week, readers spent the most time reading: Where Were You When We Walked on the Moon? Last Lecture. How to Write an Autobiography That’s What Grandpas Are For. Grandchildren Quotes Do You Still Have an Almanac? Come, Eat at My Table Last month, readers spent the most time reading: Jip en Noah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  Hello, Grandpa. Hello, Grandma. Only a Dad. Grandfather Poems Can Butterflies Read? Grandchildren Quotes Bird by Bird. Book Thursday. Can You Put Your Head Through a Business Card? Coming up next week: Have You Ever Had a Cat? Monday,... (Read More ...)

Can You Make a Parachute with a Handkerchief? You can make your own toy parachute from a handkerchief, a piece of string and a rock. Linen handkerchief decorated with three rows of hemstitching. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My grandmother gave me beautiful, lace, embroidered handkerchiefs that I would never use for such an activity. They remain in a drawer, unused in 40 years. They are a reminder of her and a different time, when ladies carried lace handkerchiefs. I used one of my father-in-law’s handkerchiefs. He passed away in 2009. I don’t think he will mind. His birthday would have been June... (Read More ...)

That’s What Grandpas Are For – Grandchildren Quotes. My husband has been downloading public domain books ever since he got a Kindle late last year. Our grandchildren are now six years old and read well. So, my husband decided to download Peter and Wendy, the original Peter Pan book, so our grandson could read it the next time he came to visit. Here is how the book starts “All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. “One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with... (Read More ...)

General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What Is It About February and Suicide? I have long believed people have some control over the exact date of their death, short of a tragic accident. It may only be a day or two, or a week or two if they have some event they are trying to live to see. So, when my father died of a hemorrhagic stroke on February 12, 1991, four days after the stroke hit him, I thought he was trying to spare my mother the grief that would have marked Valentine’s Day the rest of her life. And, perhaps he was. But,... (Read More ...)

Grandfather Poems. Funny. The Favorite - Grandfather and Grandson, Georgios Jakobides Amused, rather than impatient, a grandfather takes the long view.   Mixed Signals   He will not use the potty He is stubborn on this issue But loves going to the bathroom To unroll the toilet tissue.   Howard Eisenberg, Grandfather of six.   Click here to go to Eisenberg’s site, Click here to go to and their review of Funny Poems.   Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru” Click here to order my book, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and... (Read More ...)

Poems. Grandchildren. Funny. Today, I’m initiating a series about grandparents and grandchildren in poems.  Funny, sad, warm. A Grandfather Teaching His Granddaughter How to Ride a Scooter There will be poems for grandchildren to give their grandmothers or grandfathers, poems reminding grandmothers or grandfathers how lucky they are, and poems to say goodbye. Sometimes when the heart is full, only a poem will do. This poem was written by a grandfather about his toddler granddaughter. Mealtime Makeover She’s got egg on her face Oateal smeared on her arms Somehow it just seems To enhance her... (Read More ...)

Fishing. Sunday Dinner. Wedding Dress. Pennies from a Heav’n. If a grandfather wanted to tell his children and grandchildren something about what he had learned about family, how would he do it? Pennies If he is a former priest and author, he writes a book. And, that is what Marvin Josaitis, PhD, did. He wrote a memoir. How Did He Do It? What if you wanted to write a memoir to pass on the lessons you have learned? How would you go about it? Reading Dr. Josaitis’s book will give you a model for how it can be done well. How Do You Integrate All the Stories? Inevitably, there will be scores of... (Read More ...)