Ann Richardson’s most popular book, The Granny Who Stands on Her Head, offers a series of reflections on growing older. Subscribe to her free Substack newsletter, where she writes fortnightly on any subject that captures her imagination. Ann lives in London, England with her husband of nearly sixty years. Please visit her website for information on all her books: http://annrichardson.co.uk.

Latest Posts By Ann Richardson

2 months ago

The Many Joys Lying in Bed Can Bring to a Senior Woman

Usually, when anyone writes about the joys of bed, they are thinking of one of two things: the pleasures of a good night’s sleep or, alternatively, of sex. I am a great believer in both…

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3 months ago

Our Many Plans – And How They Sometimes Fail

As the long Christmas and New Year holiday has now come to an end, how many of us found that our plans worked out as expected? I hope loads of you. But I suspect many, many plans went truly awry. It has not been a good year…

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3 months ago

How Old News Can Affect Us Today

A charming married man in his early 40s, a father of three, has a two-year affair with his young secretary. So, what’s new? It happens every day. Indeed, it is an old, old story. What is new is that it was my father. I was in my early teens at the time…

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3 months ago

What’s the Deal with To-Do Lists?

Today was a special and very rare day (it will be several days ago by the time you read this, but that is unimportant). Did I win the lottery? Was a new grandchild born? Did my hair suddenly stop being grey?

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4 months ago

Why Being a Grandmother Is Easier Than Being a Mother

I heard a simple quote years ago, but back then didn’t understand the meaning. I had to look it up to check. Initially, I thought I remembered Groucho Marx, who said, “The best reason to have children is in order to have grandchildren…”

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4 months ago

Different Kinds of Friends and What They Mean to Us

Almost everybody has friends. It is part of life to have them. Some of us have loads and some have very few, but we all feel that they are important in our lives. And we all know who our friends are. They are people who are not our family…

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4 months ago

What Is Travel Time Good for?

Travel time is that wonderful time when you have no obligations except to continue on your way. It is ‘me’ time in the best sense of the word. At its worst, of course, it is terrible. There is the regular commute ­– that dreaded routine of getting…

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4 months ago

Celebrating the Important Role of Semi-Caregivers

In recent years, we have all become conscious of the hidden army of people known as ‘carers’ (‘caregivers’ in the US). These are the people who look after a frail (or confused) family member or friend…

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5 months ago

Are you Spoiling Your Grandchildren or Just Showing Them Extra Love?

Do you ‘spoil’ your grandchildren? Some people say that this is a common phenomenon. It could be argued that children all over the world are becoming increasingly unhealthy, overweight and demanding. Could this be due to…

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5 months ago

The Practice of Writing Product and Service Reviews

“How did we do?” How often do you see this question in your email box? In the last week, I have received emails from my optician and from a delivery service asking me to review their performance as deliverers of a service. Not to mention from…

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