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    Where you'll find me

    In light of this week's priority being hosting long-distance family members who are in town to attend my cousin's funeral, I began looking at older posts to see what I should re-publish for today instead of straining to be creative on a very full day. Then it hit me! I have several post on other sites, musings many of you may have never seen.

    So today I'm sharing with you other places where you'll find me, other articles you might enjoy. Peruse as you please...

    Grandparents.comGRANDPARENTS.COM —

    What's a Grandma Worth?
    Each Mother’s Day, releases figures on what a mom is worth, the salary mothers working outside the home and within should make based on the duties she performs. Esteemed outlets from Forbes to Working Mother magazine tout the results, highlighting the ultimately priceless job mothers perform.

    I think a similar study should be done on what a grandmother...Continue reading on

    To Move or Not to Move (Near the Grandkids)
    I'm a long-distance grandma. On occasion, I complain about the many miles between my two grandsons and me. After a recent long-winded lamentation about what I miss out on by them living so far away, I was asked, by a non-grandma, Why don't you just move closer to them?

    My short answer: Sheesh! I have a life!

    My long answer: I have a life. A life filled with interests...Continue reading on

    Remembering Grandma
    I’m a relatively new grandma, on the job for just over four years. Though a novice, it took me no time at all to consider myself THE grandma in my family — the family matriarch.

    In my self-centered state, mentions of grandparenting led me to consider only my grandma experience, my state of affairs, my revered status. I’d mull the myriad ways my daughter might encourage my young grandsons to remember...Continue reading on

    7 Challenges Grandmas Face at Thanksgiving
    Life becomes easier once we become grandmothers. With fewer obligations to meet, there’s more fun to be had. Except, that is, when it comes to the holidays, and none more so than Thanksgiving.

    To wit:

    1. We have to share. We were...Continue reading on

    Grandma is a Hoarder
    I keep a fairly neat and tidy home. I head right from the mailbox to the recycling bin to throw out junk mail before entering the house. I make regular donations of unused clothing, books, and household items to Goodwill. I empty the fridge, cupboards, and closets without restraint.

    When it comes to artwork from my grandkids, though, I simply...Continue reading on

    Grandmothers Helping Others Through Activism
    A popular concept of late is that of finding one’s tribe, the group with whom we fit, folks whose values and actions resonate with and reflect what’s in our hearts. Grandmother and photojournalist Paola Gianturco found her tribe in diverse women all across the globe. Then she wrote a book about them — the inspirational grandmothers facilitating...Continue reading on


    Huffington PostHUFFINGTON POST —

    Who Puts Baby in a Corner? Not This Grandma
    My favorite grandma never spanked me. She also never yelled at me, reprimanded me or restricted me.

    My not-so-favorite grandma? Well, she never spanked me, either. She did, though, once make me drink grape juice I didn't want. I immediately vomited up the purple stuff; grandma immediately yelled at me...Continue reading on Huffington Post (Also published on Better After 50)

    Good Riddance, 2012: An Open Letter to One of the Worst Years Yet
    Dear 2012,

    I had high hopes for you. After the economic mess 2007 and 2008 left us in, I had heard you'd set things right, bring us back to the normal we citizens all across the globe had grown to know and love — even though we didn't know how...Continue reading on Huffington Post

    The Perils of Pauline Multiplied: My Girly Girl Daughter Now Mothers All-Boy Boys
    My grandsons live more than 800 miles away from me, so I see them only occasionally. One of the perks of being a long-distance grandma — and there are a few — is the obvious growth and maturing of my grandsons from one visit to the next.

    I delight...Continue reading on Huffington Post (Also published on Better After 50)

    Becoming Grandma Too Soon: Tips for Navigating an Unplanned Pregnancy
    As our children become young adults and we envision our eventual role as Grandma, we all imagine a certain scene, a certain set of events leading up to the glorious title and tasks of family matriarch. The imagined scene doesn't usually include a teen daughter — or a teen son...Continue reading on Huffington Post


    Next AvenueNEXT AVENUE

    How to Help Your Unmarried Child Find Love
    The current dating scene is a depressing place: too few suitable options and fewer still willing to commit. And far too many tears after yet another less-than-stellar first date.  

    Such things should matter not one whit to me, a happily married 49-year-old grandmother. But they do matter — a lot. My heart breaks every time I witness, counsel and console my oldest, never-wed daughter...Continue reading on Next Avenue


    While those above featured original content, you'll also find me and my previously published content here:

    Generation FabulousGENERATION FABULOUS

    One Woman's Pleasure is Another's Worst Job Ever
    I’ve been thinking a lot about jobs lately. I’m sure it has something to do with my friend Debbie’s retirement, my bloggy friend Tammy’s job search, and the quest of my former coworkers/current friends as they seek out freelance writing gigs to replace those drying up. Or it could have everything to do with the...Continue reading on Generation Fabulous

    The Curse Takes Effect — Let the Gloating Begin
    For centuries, or so I hear, mothers have placed upon the heads of their daughters The Curse. I’m talking about the doom and damnation of sorts that mothers pass along to their daughters, swearing that once they have children of their own, they will surely get their due for all the drama, trauma and heartache they once put their mothers through.

    The Curse is such a cliché.

    Well shiver me timbers...Continue reading on Generation Fabulous


    Yep, that's where you'll find me when I'm not here on Grandma's Briefs. There are a few others, but those are the biggies. There's more coming up, too, as amidst the madness and sadness of this week, I had articles due for two of the biggies above. I'll share with you those links, too, once they're published.

    Thank you for reading!

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    Reader Comments (4)

    haha. Just read your post about hoarding a Grandchild's artwork. Guilty as charged!

    I'm so busy with my own website that it's difficult to make time for all of the other great sites I enjoy. Since Facebook allows me to 'pop in' quickly and read wonderful posts from many blogger sites in one visit, I'm voting Facebook.

    June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    WOW~! You sure gave us a lot of awesome reading material. I plan to get to each of them but it may take a while!!!

    I have to say that continues to be my favorite website other than yours and the other Grandma blogs enjoy. So much to learn and so little time...

    June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Thanks for listing your great articles! I've read one now and will return until they're all finished! My favorite blogs? Easy! The "grandma" ones - Amaraland, Homespun, Family Home and Life, Grandparents Plus 2 - and several others, including yours, of course, Lisa! These are the ones I click on right away - it's like picking up the phone and hearing the voice of a dear friend.

    June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    I'm with Joyce on the Grandma Blogs. When I see them in my email, I read them first. It always amazes me how creative these ladies are, how much I learn, and how I feel connected to them. Grandma blogging - it's a good thing.

    June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@grandparentsplus2

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