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Recollections 7

The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Release Date: 05/10/2021

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

How do grandparents influence their grands to inherit their belief system? Emily begins this three-part series with a Jewish grandmother and a Mormon mother for some models and observations on imparting a "faith of origin" to grandchildren. EPISODE NOTES Emily's guest Barbara Greenleaf writes in a range of forms, including young-adult fiction and self-help for grandparents. See her work at . 

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

In the conclusion of the series on aging, host Emily Morgan talks with filmmaker Dana Glaser, who has written and directed A Case of Blue, a story of an aging man who contemplates a series of second chances and finds a clearer view of himself in the process. (Photo: Tom Hussey) EPISODE NOTES Our extraordiary cover art for this episode comes from a photo series about reflecting on our younger selves by Dallas photographer Tom Hussey. See the series at tomhussey.com.  Dana's movie is available at   An earlier film of his that was mentioned is "The Evolution of Dad," a 2010 documentary...

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Continuing on the topic of aging, Emily explores what grandparents can to to keep their minds working well, well into our later years. Her guest is Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a geritrician whose website Better Health While Aging, is all about doing all we can do, so we can keep doing all that we are able, for as long as we can. () EPISODE NOTES Dr. Leslie mentions an article on her site that covers medications that may impair brain function as a side effect:     She also has written a guidebook to help you care for your aging parents,  

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Emily talks with a neurologist and a psychologist about why our brain works the way it works (or doesn’t work, sometimes!) and then what hope we can find in the science behind aging. EPISODE NOTES Dr. Francine Toder's book is "." She also has a , doctoder.com.

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Did your grandparents have style? Emily asked her guests in Season 4 to recall what defined the styles they remember defining their own grandparents. Also, Emily invites Mike (husband and producer) to preview upcoming topics we'll cover in the rest of this season of The Grand Life.

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Emily sits down with New York Times columnist Paula Span, who has taken her reporting on aging and grandparenting and mixed it with her own experiences as a new grandmother (or Bubbe, as it is in Yiddish). The result is a fun new audiobook that shares what she's learned from a bunch of smart people, including her granddaughter. Paula's audiobook The Bubbe Diaries is available on . Her  are called "Generation Grandparent."

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Can you start grandparenting before the birth? Absolutely, says Emily's guest Gail Root. She is a student, teacher, and advocate for practices both past and present that acknowledge a pre-born baby's ability to connect with the outside (the womb) world. Also, a check-in on a new web resource for first-time grandparents. SHOW NOTES Emily's guest, Gail Root, counsels new grandparents at her web site . DeeDee's website, More Than Grand, has released . This link applies the discount code GRAND, and you'll receive 10% off your purchase!

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Your relationship with your grands may allow you to spot problems before distracted parents may notice them. Emily talks with author Richard Capriola, who focuses on teens with addictions and gives advice to grandparents who may uncover or suspect addictions or abuse. EPISODE NOTES Richard's book is Emily also mentioned Fern Schumer Chapman's new on sibling estrangement. If you'd like to learn more about the issues her new book addresses, Fern is recommending on the topic from broadcast television. Her interview with Emily is in Season 3, Episode 8, "Grandparent Caregivers." 

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Emily wraps up the third episode on "the power of stories" with a chat with an executive from Scholastic, Inc.--the source of all those books sold to grade-school students from newsletters and book fairs. Their conversation took place just before World Read-Aloud Day, which framed their talk about grandparents reading aloud to their grands. THE STRETCH IT TAKES (Emily's Essay): The Genetics of Reading   When I visited the home of my maternal grandparents, I don’t remember seeing a book in any room of the house. It was a stark contrast to our own house with books in each room and a...

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The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting

Continuing the theme from last episode, Emily speaks with a 93-year-old grandfather, author, and active advocate of capturing and then "unleashing" grandparent stories. His creative partner in their website adds helpful details about a program that helps grands become powerful and prolific story-makers. SHOW NOTES Jerry and Deanna's website is grandparentsunleashed.com, and  Jerry's book is The Grandest Love, available .

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Did your grandparents have style? Emily asked her guests in Season 4 to recall what defined the styles they remember defining their own grandparents. Also, Emily invites Mike (husband and producer) to preview upcoming topics we'll cover in the rest of this season of The Grand Life.