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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 ...)

We Didn’t Have Computers Back Then. Do you remember when all records were kept by hand? I signed up recently for Medicare. My 65thbirthday is July 2 and you have to sign up before you turn 65. U.S. Social Security Administration “This is a picture of a few of the hundreds of cardpunch operators SSA employed throughout the late 1930s and into the 1950s to maintain Social Security records in the days before the advent of computers.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You can do everything online at www.socialsecurity.gov Click here if you need to sign up for Medicare. I didn’t apply for Social... (Read More ...)

Spray bottles. Ping pong balls. Penny Whistles. When is a piece of paper like an airplane wing? Ping Pong Game There is an easy way to show one of the reasons airplanes can fly. Materials: A sheet of notebook paper. A pencil A hair dryer Instructions: Curl one end of the paper around the pencil I used a penny whistle and it worked just fine. It just has to curve. Blow the air from the hair dryer over the paper Outcome: The far end of the paper will lift into the air What’s Happening? It’s called Bernoulli’s Principle. If air flows over the top of a wing, for instance, faster than across... (Read More ...)

Monopoly One of my grandchildren’s favorite board games is The Ladybug Game. Designed by a six-year-old, it is simple, combines luck and chance and just a little skill, and can be enjoyed by both adults and children. My awesome daughter-in-law, when I had asked her to show me how to make still one more Origami figure, eventually decided it would be more fun to make up her own designs. A new concept for me, more used to figuring out someone else’s instructions, I decided this was a lesson for grandchildren, not just grandmothers. Why not let your grandchildren apply their creativity as you... (Read More ...)

Which War in History Claimed the Most Lives? World War II, with estimates ranging from 40 to 72 million, representing between 1.7 and 3.1 percent of the world’s population, claimed the most lives of any war in history. Most Boomers have parents who lived through World War II. My father was a clerk in the Army. Stationed in Philadelphia, originally, where he moved just before he married, he moved back to Ann Arbor, Michigan before my older brother, their first child, was born. Spotted by an Army officer again, a year after they’d met, my father was shipped out to Brazil for the duration... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia The last couple of times our grandchildren have visited, they have been interested in Origami. I learned how to make the flapping bird from my great-aunt, who was a missionary in Japan. But, it’s not the first Origami thing you should start with. I usually start with the cup. My grandchildren now remember how to make that when they visit, rush to make one, fill it with water and drink from it, then are anxious to try new things. This last visit, we made a simple Origami dog, as illustrated in the book, Origami for Children. We glued on paper circles from my hole punch... (Read More ...)