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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
Fun Hobbies for Older Women: The Joy of Singing at Any Age
3 years ago

Fun Hobbies for Older Women: The Joy of Singing at Any Age

Do you sing? No, I don’t mean, are you an opera singer, because there are precious few of those. I just mean do you like to sing, for instance, in the shower or in the bath? Or perhaps to yourself as you potter around the house. It is a joyous activity, which can be done at any age. Read More

Remembering the AIDS Epidemic and the Lessons We Learned
3 years ago

Remembering the AIDS Epidemic and the Lessons We Learned

Do you remember the terrible AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s? Were you directly affected by it? We are all old enough to remember. But for some, it may have passed by as an awful situation that happened to other people, with little impact on their family or friends. Read More

Getting on With the In-laws
4 years ago

Getting on With the In-laws

By  •  Family

Do you get on with – or even like – your in-laws? All of them? Really? If so, you are a lucky person indeed! Read More

What Sort of Grandmother Are You? Does it Matter?
4 years 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

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

Kind Cooking: The Art of Preparing Food for Sick People

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

Why Do Our Grandchildren Grow Up So Quickly?
4 years 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
4 years 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
4 years 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”
4 years 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

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future
4 years ago

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future

By  •  Mindset

Not long ago, my six-year old grandson took me aback. “Granny,” he asked innocently enough. “Would you do me a favour?” I assumed he wanted another biscuit (cookie) or to watch some more television. Read More