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    How to Be a Great Virtual Grandparent

    By Liz Seegert for Next AvenueNothing is “normal” these days. While we don’t yet know how bad COVID-19 will ultimately be, we do know that people over 60 are at particular risk for complications, should they become ill. That has many grandparents sheltering in place and unable to be physically with their grandchildren.However, many are making extra efforts to maintain a regular presence in their grandkids’ lives during the pandemic, albeit in a different form.   Read More...

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    Heartwarming Connections From a Grieving Mother’s Story

    By Judy Nelson for Next Avenue“Yours will always be a Mother’s heart.”The message on the card attached to a single yellow rose makes me suck in my breath. It is the first Mother’s Day since my only child, Jason, died in a moped accident on a deserted Mexican highway the night after Christmas Day. He was three months short of his 21st birthday.My friend’s loving message got me through that day.But the past 30 Mother’s Days have put me through a shape-shift...  Read More...

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    My Father’s Frugal Habits Make Sense Now

    By Margaret Morganroth Gullette for Next AvenueMy father had plenty of habits that irritated my mother. But nothing irritated her more than “Marty being cheap.” As a child, I didn’t understand it either.For instance, my father turned off the lights in rooms that people had just left. Sometimes we were leaving just to come right back in, but whenever he was home, he would march cross the little hallway from wherever he was at either end of the house to click the light switc...  Read More...

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    Love Thy Neighbor Now

    By Barbara Twardowski for Next AvenueThe last few days, I’ve been receiving calls and texts from friends and neighbors. One person was running to the drug store and asked if I needed anything. Another friend wanted to be sure I had food.   Read More...

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    Safeguarding Memories, Telling Stories

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueOn a table crowded with microphones and wires, Sam Thiessen Devine places an unpainted wooden truck, outfitted with chunky wheels. At first glance, the simple toy appears to be a well-loved memento from Devine’s childhood. But this is an object that holds memories and stories, and ultimately played a part in the inspiration behind Kinetic Legacy, a Minneapolis-based company founded by Devine, James Holmberg and Sarah Anderson in 2018.In more than one way, ...  Read More...