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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 here http://annrichardson.co.uk
Latest Posts | By Ann Richardson
Embracing Memories of the Distant Past: A Way to Stay Connected to a World Long Gone
2 weeks ago

Embracing Memories of the Distant Past: A Way to Stay Connected to a World Long Gone

When Notre Dame was severely damaged by a massive fire recently, all the world mourned. In one sense, it ‘belonged’ solely to Paris or, perhaps, to France. But in another sense, it belonged to all of us…

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Are You Happy with How Your Grandchildren Are Being Raised?
2 weeks ago

Are You Happy with How Your Grandchildren Are Being Raised?

By  •  Family

As your children take that giant step of becoming parents themselves, what do you feel about how they are doing? Some grandmothers are highly impressed with the way their grandchildren are being brought up. Others are disappointed or even distressed. Read More

Are You Curious About Your Family History? Here’s How to Start Researching
3 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

Of Mothers and Adult Children – How Do You Cope with Thoughts that Make You Worry?
4 weeks ago

Of Mothers and Adult Children – How Do You Cope with Thoughts that Make You Worry?

By  •  Family

It is said that once a mother, you are always a mother. However old your son or daughter may be, they are always your children. This may be right, but it is a blessing and a curse. Most of us cannot escape it…
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Does Being a Grandma Change How You Look at Your Own Grandmother?
2 months ago

Does Being a Grandma Change How You Look at Your Own Grandmother?

By  •  Family

Now we are 60 (as A.A. Milne of Christopher Robin fame might have said), we are of an age to think about grandmothers. Perhaps you are a grandmother or hoping to be one. Perhaps your friends are grandmothers…
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How Swimming Can Be a Great Activity for Women Over 60
2 months ago

How Swimming Can Be a Great Activity for Women Over 60

Do you like to swim? Do you really like it, or do you just do it because you know it is good for you? I am in the latter category. I find it a kind of work. Read More

The Many Joys of Teaching Our Grandchildren
3 months ago

The Many Joys of Teaching Our Grandchildren

By  •  Family

As any grandmother will know, there are many sources of joy in the time spent with grandchildren. For me, a key one is teaching my grandsons something and seeing how they respond. Read More

How Important Are Your Neighbours as You Reach the Mark of 60?
4 months ago

How Important Are Your Neighbours as You Reach the Mark of 60?

My very friendly next-door neighbours moved back to the US last month. In many ways, it was not a surprise, as they were always going to be visitors in London – here because of the husband’s job. Yet it came as both a shock and a loss. Read More

Downsizing Dilemma: Why Getting Rid of Books is So Tough
5 months 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

5 Reasons I Am Becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in My 60s
5 months ago

5 Reasons I Am Becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in My 60s

By  •  Mindset

I would guess that most people who know me see me as a cheerful older woman, with a good life and little to complain about. All this is true. Yet, at the same time, I can feel myself turning into a Grumpy Old Woman. Read More