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About Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson is a writer and grandmother. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words. Her most recent book is Celebrating Grandmothers: Grandmothers Talk About Their Lives. Ann lives in London, England, as do her two children and two grandsons. Please visit her website http://www.celebratinggrandmothers.info
Latest Posts | By Ann Richardson
Downsizing Dilemma: Why Getting Rid of Books is So Tough
3 weeks ago

Downsizing Dilemma: Why Getting Rid of Books is So Tough

Finally, you have reached the age when you are beginning to think about downsizing. Perhaps you have familiarized yourself with all the practical and even emotional difficulties involved and have decided you are not quite ready to take the plunge.

Is there anything you can do in preparation for the eventual day? Read More

Are You Curious About Your Family History? Here’s How to Start Researching
4 weeks ago

Are You Curious About Your Family History? Here’s How to Start Researching

By  •  Family

There is something about finding ourselves in our 60s that makes our heads turn to the past, in general, and, more specifically, to our ancestry. I have no idea why this fascination comes so forcefully at this time.

Perhaps as we age, our perception of time changes. The decades before we were born seem less long ago. Our ancestors therefore seem more real and present. Read More

What Sort of Grandmother Are You? Does it Matter?
2 months ago

What Sort of Grandmother Are You? Does it Matter?

By  •  Family

People often have set ideas about what a grandmother should be like. However, grandmothers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – as well as in attitudes to that role. This became very clear to me when I wrote a book based on interviews conducted with 27 very different grandmothers. Read More

6 Ways to Celebrate the Simple Things in Life
3 months ago

6 Ways to Celebrate the Simple Things in Life

By  •  Mindset

I want to tell you about my day today. No, it wasn’t a bad day, the sort of day that we often want to talk about, when everything goes wrong. It was a good day, of the sort we much too often take for granted.

Here are a few tips for celebrating the simple things in life. Read More

Kind Cooking: The Art of Preparing Food for Sick People
4 months ago

Kind Cooking: The Art of Preparing Food for Sick People

By  •  Family

Are you one of the many people who are looking after someone who is very ill? Perhaps a spouse, sibling, parent or friend? As you well know, it is a highly tiring and difficult task, however much it is undertaken with love.

You may be overloaded with advice, but I’d like to add a few thoughts about food. Read More

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes
4 months ago

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes

By  •  Family

Have you ever spent time with someone in their last days? Was it intimate, peaceful and special – or was it full of intrusive hospital equipment, harried nurses, physical pain and no chance to talk? Read More

Why Do Our Grandchildren Grow Up So Quickly?
5 months ago

Why Do Our Grandchildren Grow Up So Quickly?

By  •  Family

We all know that our sense of time changes as we grow older – with everything speeding up at an alarming rate. One of the most notable markers of this is the age of our children – and even more so – our grandchildren. Read More

Discipline and Detention: Looking Back at School in the 1950s
7 months ago

Discipline and Detention: Looking Back at School in the 1950s

By  •  Mindset

My husband and I had an unusual experience this week. We visited his old school, along with about 60 other men in their 60s and above. There were also a few other wives. Let me explain why we were there, and the impact of the visit. Read More

The Painful Truth About Unhappy Grandmothers
7 months ago

The Painful Truth About Unhappy Grandmothers

By  •  Family

There are many happy grandmothers about. I know; I am one of them. We play with the kids, we bore our friends by talking about how wonderful they are and we generally feel very pleased with the way grandchildren have enhanced our lives. Read More

What it Means to Say “I am Not a Grandmother”
7 months ago

What it Means to Say “I am Not a Grandmother”

By  •  Family

We do not usually identify ourselves by what we are not. We do not say I am not blonde or not good at knitting or I do not come from a large family. Nor do other people think about these things when they think of us. Read More