Welcome to our 15th GRAND Anniversary Issue
BY CHRISTINE CROSBY
It has been a fun and fascinating ride these past 15 years. So much has changed…technology, of course. Politics, for sure. Sometimes, I miss the glossy print magazine of 2004 – 2008, but we’ve adapted and discovered the many virtues of digital, not the least of which is saving a zillion trees!
Our goals for GRAND have not changed that much. In short, we hope to inform and perhaps inspire readers about matters of grandparenting; we seek to spark some advocacy, that our grandchildren, nieces, and nephews may grow into a saner, healthier world; and we want all of us to live full, vibrant lives in the here and now.
I cannot overstate the gratitude I feel for our partners along the way…writers, editors, designers, advertisers, stakeholders, and, of course, readers that have kept this GRAND baby going during some of the most challenging times in publishing.
With this issue, we are proud to announce our 2019 GRANDparent of the Year award winner–Valerie Wood-Gaiger. Learn about this amazing woman who started Learn with Grandma, a world-wide digital organization that connects generations.
Check out cover grand, Sting, who is having the time of his life as a granddad of seven and still entertaining with a message. Learn how to be a Silver Disobedient; how to navigate the confusion around gender terms; how you can exercise your compassion muscle, live with intention, get your grandkids back to nature and much more.
Of course, grandparenting is always at the heart of GRAND. However, you don’t need to be a grandparent to enjoy it, and we hope you will find something you just need to share.
Wishing you a wonderful fall season!
With our best to you and your family,
Christine Crosby, editorial director
(pictured with granddaughters, Poppy and Juniper)
Brené Brown – TEDxHouston
The power of vulnerability
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. This talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has become a web-video phenomenon — viewed and shared by millions of people.
We challenge you to watch this Ted Talk and let us know what you think.